Embrace the season with charitable gifts to the American Cancer Society

As an organization helping cancer patients in virtually every Vermont community, the American Cancer Society is reaching out this December asking residents to consider making a planned gift to support the Society’s crucial, lifesaving research, education, advocacy, and patient service programs and to explore all of the ways to honor or remember someone by giving.

For those looking at year end giving, a planned gift to the Society allows donors to combine the desire to give to charity with overall financial, tax, and estate-planning goals. A planned gift allows a donor to touch those affected by cancer – now, and for years to come.

What is a “Planned Gift?”
“Planned gifts typically come from a donor’s assets, rather than income, and can be either outright or deferred,” says Gus Burriesci, director of estate & asset services for the American Cancer Society. “These gifts can take several different forms, including wills or bequests, trusts, charitable gift annuities, real estate, life insurance, mutual funds, or donor-advised funds,” he adds.

No matter the form, planned gifts make a significant difference in the fight against cancer and there is no minimum contribution. For more information on planned giving, call Gus Burriesci at (203) 379-4735 or visit www.cancer.org.

How Planned Giving Supports the Fight Against Cancer
Donations to the Society fund the cutting-edge research behind lifesaving treatment, screening, and prevention techniques. They support the nation’s only 24-hour cancer hotline. They fuel advocacy campaigns that protect patients’ rights and safeguard public health. And they provide compassionate programs and services that help all people face cancer with courage, dignity, and optimism.

At the American Cancer Society there are many different ways to embrace the season of giving. In addition to a planned gift, there is always an option of giving a charitable gift to honor or remember someone.

“A charitable donation can be a delightful and unexpected gift for a coworker, friend, or loved one,” says Burriesci.  “Individuals can make a donation in any amount and an acknowledgement letter will be forwarded to the person honored,” he adds.

Charitable gifts can be made online at www.cancer.org or by calling the American Cancer Society 1 (800) 227-2345.  Please feel free to email Augustine.burriesci@cancer.org for more information.

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