Support Vermont Humanities

Planned Giving

Planned giving offers a variety of ways to provide for your current and future needs, provide for loved ones, and support the Vermont Humanities Council.

View our brochure about planned giving, Living Legacy Society: An Act of Affirmation (PDF).

Types of Gifts


Including VHC in your will or estate plan is as simple as inserting this language in your will: “I give________ [specific dollar amount or percent of your estate] to the Vermont Humanities Council, having its principal offices at 11 Loomis Street, Montpelier, Vermont 05602, for its general purposes.”

Gifts from Your Retirement Plan

Perhaps the easiest way to make a planned gift is to name VHC as a beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k), 403(b) or other retirement plan. Simply get a change of beneficiary form from your plan provider and make the change! There’s no need for a lawyer, it’s easy and revocable, and there’s no income tax on the distribution that comes ultimately to VHC.

Gifts of Life Insurance

If you give VHC a life insurance policy, the cash surrender value of the policy or the cost of a replacement policy is deductible as a charitable contribution. If you continue to pay premiums after making your gift, the premiums are also tax-deductible.

Gifts of Real Estate

You could deed your home or farm to VHC, but retain the right to live in it for the rest of your life, a term of years, or a combination of the two. (You could, of course, donate your house to VHC in your will, but you would not receive an income tax deduction, as you would if you made the gift during your lifetime.)

Gifts that Provide Income

These include charitable remainder trusts, deferred gift annuities, and more. Visit our Gifts that Provide Income page to learn more about these options.