Why An Estate Gift?

Because of the Difference You Can Make.

“The James L. Madell Society recognizes individuals who have included the Heart of Illinois Community Foundation in their long-term financial or estate plans. You have thought carefully about your future, your family, and your legacy and we are honored that you have chosen to make the Community Foundation part of that plan.”

Cathy J. Mansur, CPA and James L. Madell Society Chair

A gift through your will or trust is the ultimate gift - it is a last expression to your loved ones of what you valued during your lifetime and it provides much needed support to your cherished nonprofits. If directed to a permanent fund, this can be perpetual support far beyond your lifetime, replacing your important annual gifts.

Arranging an estate gift is within the reach of everyone and is easy to do. Our experts are here to help explain giving options and walk you through the process.

We can help you and your advisors determine the best way for you to give, to achieve the impact you want in the most tax-wise manner.

Why entrust the Heart of Illinois Community Foundation with your legacy?

Since 2000, we've carefully shepherded the philanthropic legacies of Macon, Piatt and Moultrie Counties, philanthropists and we will be here long into the future to ensure that our communities, and all the residents in them, thrive.

With a permanent fund, your estate gift is expertly invested with the Foundation, growing over time to make an even greater difference.

You can specify exactly how you would like your estate gift to be used and, with our commitment to donor intent, you can trust that your wishes will be carried out.

Or you can leave your estate gift to our general grantmaking pool. Your gift can then be used to address changing needs and new opportunities under the careful stewardship of Foundation staff.