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Legacy Society

Join the Legacy Society

The American Legion Auxiliary has relied on generous donations to help continue the support of veterans, military, and their families. These gifts have allowed the Auxiliary to provide hope in times of need, support for education and youth leadership programs, grants for veterans’ art therapy, and much more.

We ask that you join us in this mission by becoming a part of the Legacy Society, a group of people dedicated to the promise of Service Not Self, who have chosen to include a planned gift to the American Legion Auxiliary or the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation in their estate plans. Their gift – no matter the size – will provide future financial support to the Auxiliary.

What is Planned Giving?

Planned giving is the process of thoughtfully including a charitable gift in your estate plans. It is a method of establishing your legacy of support for the organization you love while providing for your current financial needs. You can help ensure that the American Legion Auxiliary has a lasting impact for the generations that follow by providing for the continuation of our many programs and services that enhance the lives of those we serve.

The American Legion Auxiliary’s purpose has always been philanthropic in its vision to give back to those who have given so much in order to preserve freedom in our great nation.

For more than a century, we have stood by veterans, servicemembers and their families, providing in times of need, supporting in times of sorrow and celebrating in times of joy. We have witnessed those we serve respond, rebound and reclaim a positive view of life. That’s why we are so passionate about the work we do and why we ask you to share that passion through planned giving, the ultimate expression of Service Not Self.

Philanthropy and individual gifts have been essential in shaping the history of our organization, and these contributions will have an important role in its promising future. Your actions now can have a profound impact in the life of another person. And you can help contribute to that future by including the American Legion Auxiliary or American Legion Auxiliary Foundation in your estate and other financial preparations.

Why is Planned Giving Important?

People of all backgrounds, education and income levels rely on a variety of planned giving methods to provide for their loved ones as well as support beloved charities, such as the American Legion Auxiliary. In fact, many methods of planned giving ensure that assets that would otherwise be subject to heavy taxation are instead given to dear causes; this means the assets left to loved ones are taxed less. Through planned giving, donors are able to meet their current and future financial needs while providing the Auxiliary with financial support later. You leave a lasting impact on our mission of Service Not Self for generations to come.

How Do I Give?

No matter the size of any individual donation, collectively, every gift adds up to helping ensure the Auxiliary is here for generations to come. You can establish your legacy of belief in the Auxiliary when you include the Auxiliary or ALA Foundation in your estate plans and other financial preparations — otherwise known as planned giving. You don’t need a large estate to give and make a lasting impact.

To learn more about your giving options or notify ALA National Headquarters of your intent to include the Auxiliary or ALA Foundation in your estate plans, please contact our Development Division at or submit your signed Bequest Intent Form.

Planned Giving Guide

This guide introduces you to planned giving. No gift is too small. All gifts leave a lasting impact. This guide is not to be considered legal advice. It is intended to encourage you to think of your future, the Auxiliary’s future, and to consult with the proper legal, financial, and tax professionals to help you accomplish your future giving goals.

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Legacy Society

We are so grateful for the following donors who have already committed a planned gift:

Carlene Ashworth
Linda J. Boone
Nancy Brown-Park and James Park
Ann Crawford
Sharon Conatser
Patricia A. Flaagan

Ann Fournier
Dr. Coral May Grout
Doris Hammeke
Janet Jefford
Lynda Lancaster
Jane Montaney
Patricia L. Murray

Rita Navarreté
Linda Newsome
Anne Parker
Marybeth Revoir
Tamara Shumate
Sandra L. Sowers
Desireé Stoy
Peggy Thomas

In Memoriam:

Jean Bender
Aileen Chitwood
Helen Colby Small
Rachel A. Grout
Jeri Greenwell

Lois Lemke
Arvilla Norris
Lydia Pickup
Grace S. Schulz

Inez M. Shaffer
Barbara K. Smith
Joyce Starr
Lillian Vitelli
Ethel Wolansky

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