Niagara Lutheran’s Planned Giving Program

“I came to the realization that everything I own belongs to God,
and that He has entrusted these things to me, for a little while,
and expects me to be wise and a good steward.”

– Gerald K. Grabau, Niagara Lutheran Health Foundation Legacies for Life benefactor

Legacies for Life is a special program that recognizes and honors generous individuals who have decided to provide a planned, “legacy” gift through provisions made in a will, trust, or insurance policy. Planned gifts assure the future for Niagara Lutheran’s mission of service, and they enable benefactors to help others for generations to come. Legacies for Life benefactors know that their gifts will have great importance for those who cannot provide for themselves.

A bequest (transfer of property by will) to the Niagara Lutheran Health Foundation is one of the easiest ways of perpetuating your support for the role we play in the lives of the elderly and infirm. You may stipulate whether the bequest is for general support or for a specific purpose. A bequest may also be made in honor or memory of another individual.

Bequests to the Niagara Lutheran Health Foundation may include cash, securities, life insurance, IRAs, annuities, trusts, real estate, works of art, or other personal property. When making a will, you should obtain the advice of an attorney, and if you already have a will, a bequest may be added as a codicil, without rewriting your entire will. We will be pleased to work with you to design a gift specifically tailored to your wishes.

The following are suggested forms for various types of bequests:

(a) “I bequeath the sum of $_____ to The Niagara Lutheran Health Foundation, 5959 Broadway St., Lancaster, NY 14086 to be used or disposed of as its Board of Trustees, in its sole discretion, deems appropriate.”

(b) “I bequeath to The Niagara Lutheran Health Foundation, 5959 Broadway St., Lancaster, NY 14086 to be used or disposed of as its Board of Trustees, in its sole discretion, deems appropriate.”

(c) “I devise all of my right, title and interest in and to the real estate located at (DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY) to The Niagara Lutheran Health Foundation, 5959 Broadway St., Lancaster, NY 14086 to be used or disposed of as its Board of Trustees, in its sole discretion, deems appropriate.”

(d) “I devise and bequeath (all/or _____%) of the remainder of my property to The Niagara Lutheran Health Foundation, 5959 Broadway St., Lancaster, NY 14086 to be used or disposed of as its Board of Trustees, in its sole discretion, deems appropriate.”

(e) “If my husband/wife does not survive me, I bequeath the sum of $_____ to The Niagara Lutheran Health Foundation, 5959 Broadway St., Lancaster, NY 14086 to be used or disposed of as its Board of Trustees, in its sole discretion, deems appropriate.”

Click here for a list of Legacies for Life benefactors.


For more information, please contact:

David McMullen, Executive Director of Development and Marketing
Niagara Lutheran Health Foundation
5959 Broadway Street
Lancaster, NY 14086

Phone: (716) 684-0202
Fax: (716) 206-0484
E-mail: foundation@niagaralutheran.org