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Give Later: Leave a Legacy

Join dozens of other area donors in our Legacy Society by establishing a charitable fund as part of your estate planning.

The Matthew and Denise Shafner Fund

Attorney Matthew Shafner spent much of his 56-year legal career improving the lives of residents of Eastern Connecticut. He passed away in 2015 and the next year, his widow, Denise, decided to honor his life and create a legacy by establishing the Matthew and Denise Shafner Fund. A reflection of their shared and abiding interest in giving back and helping others, the fund is focused on promoting education, health, music and environmental preservation.

Many donors like to create funds now that they will contribute to later through their estate plans. Future Funds – more commonly known as Planned Gifts – give donors the opportunity to provide for their community after first providing for their loved ones, and provide a lasting testament to their personal values and charitable passions.

  • There are many planned-giving options to aid you in remembering the communities and causes that are important to you.
  • Planned Gifts can be funded through Bequests made in wills and trusts, through beneficiary designations in retirement and life insurance policies, as well as through the creation of financial vehicles such as Charitable Remainder Trusts, Charitable Lead Trusts and Charitable Gift Annuities.
  • Depending on how they are funded and structured, some Future Funds can provide you (or another individual you designate) with lifelong income, and valuable tax advantages when your estate is settled. Some can even provide immediate tax benefits and tax-free income.
  • Many donors choose to create a legacy through a simple Bequest in their wills. Read more about Bequests
  • The same assets you can use to create an immediate fund can be used to create a future one. Read more about Gifts We Accept
  • Donors who establish Future Funds with us are invited to join our Legacy Society, a select group of area donors who have informed us of their plans to leave a legacy to the community through a fund at our foundation.

We stand ready to walk you through the choices and help identify the best options for you. We would be happy to answer your questions or set up a meeting to discuss a gift. Contact Alison Woods, Vice President and Chief Development Officer, or Lauren C. Parda, Senior Development Officer.

Our door is always open! 

Whether you are new to philanthropy or looking to do more through your giving, we can help you have a meaningful impact on the issues and communities that you care about. Contact Alison Woods (New London County) or Lauren Parda (Windham or Tolland Counties) for a confidential conversation. 

Alison Woods
Vice President and Chief Development Officer

Lauren C. Parda
Senior Development Officer


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