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Bridging Worlds Through Sponsorships

Jan Fogel

Jan Fogel’s relationship with Save the Children started in 1979 and will continue into the future thanks to a gift in her will.

Jan Fogel communicates with children in a variety of ways. Now with her legacy gift, she’ll reach many more in the future.

“I have been working with kids in one capacity or another since the age of 12,” Jan says.

She learned sign language at Gallaudet College (now Gallaudet University) in Washington, D.C., and continues to use it in communicating with babies, including when she babysits.

She learned about Save the Children through an ad in Time magazine. It was 1979 and she was teaching English at a preparatory school in Osaka, Japan. Her first sponsored child was a boy living in Israel. She later met him when she lived there and was enrolled in a five-month work study program.

Today she sponsors and eagerly corresponds with two children in Kentucky and another in Haiti. For people who are newcomers to Save the Children, she says, “Try sponsoring a child first. Start identifying with a child and see what it’s like for a kid in that area.”

In addition, Jan has gone one step further by making a lasting impact on children’s lives by including a gift to Save the Children in her will.

In the late 1990s, Jan learned how Save the Children was improving young lives closer to home when she saw child-focused programming in Oxford, Mississippi, and Covington, Tennessee, as part of a sponsor group tour. She met a child she was sponsoring and recalls being welcomed by Covington’s mayor. “It felt like a homecoming,” she says.

Jan enjoyed seeing students engaged in after-school literacy programs and got a feel for rural life when she joined trip participants picking cotton.

Jan’s hobbies include participating in a reading group – mostly fiction – and international travel. A recent trip took her to India, where she toured Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Varanasi. Traveling solo, she found Delhi forbidding but was particularly intrigued by Varanasi, situated in north India on the banks of the Ganges and known as the spiritual capital of India.

A Washington, D.C., resident since 1981, she recalls volunteering at a Save the Children shop south of Dupont Circle a few years after she moved to the capital. We are grateful that she is looking toward the future by including Save the Children in her estate plan, and we appreciate her support of our mission.

“Although I don’t have kids, I’ve always been drawn to kids. Save the Children is a great organization,” Jan says.

Explore the many ways you can join Jan in making a gift that will help transform children’s lives and futures for years to come.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Save the Children a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

Bequest Language

"I, [name], of [city, state ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Save the Children, tax ID number 06-0726487, [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Save the Children or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Save the Children as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Save the Children as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Save the Children where you agree to make a gift to Save the Children and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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