Be a 4-H superhero!

Be a 4-H super hero: leave a legacy!

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Be a 4-H superhero!4-H has loyal community supporters. Supporters who care about longevity and legacy – not only within our personal families, but within our 4-H family and community. 4-H also has generations that have grown up through the program and have become an extended family.

Those who care deeply about 4-H can be a 4-H super hero by leaving a legacy through a planned gift. Examples can include everything from a simple bequest – leaving a percentage of your assets – to stock gifts in support of 4-H.

While a survey conducted by indicates only 42 percent of U.S. adults currently have a will, it can be a rewarding process to work through for you, your family and causes you care deeply for.

Estate planning is critical to managing your assets and protecting your family. A will provides clear direction for the distribution of your estate. Donors may bequeath a specific amount, a percentage of the estate, or a residual after other distributions from an estate are fulfilled to support Michigan 4-H.

In addition to bequests and stock gifts, additional types of planned/deferred gifts include:

  • Testamentary charitable remainder trusts.
  • Charitable remainder unitrusts.
  • Charitable gift annuities.
  • Life estate contracts.
  • Gifts of life insurance policies or retirement funds.
  • Charitable lead trusts.

Additional Planned Gift Considerations

If you are interested in exploring planned gift options in support of 4-H, please contact Carrie Horstman, assistant development director for 4-H, at (517) 353-7075 or by e-mail at, to verify that your gift intent can be met. Consulting with personal legal counsel and/or a tax adviser for definitive assessment of the tax benefits of and limitations on planned gifts is also recommended.