By making a planned gift to OPTIONS, you will become a member of the OPTIONS Legacy Society.
Donations by will have been widely used for centuries to distribute to charities some or all of a donor’s remaining assets upon his or her death.
Donors sometimes hesitate to make a substantial donation of cash, land, or other property during their lives because they are concerned they might unintentionally deplete assets that they will need later in their lives.
A gift by will—a will being something that they can change at any time—avoids this concern.
Planned Giving is a critical tool for OPTIONS to maintain the long term sustainability of premier care for people with disabilities. Planned gifts include:
Retirement plans have their own planning considerations which may be different if your beneficiary is an adult child with disabilities.
Adults with disabilities who are named as beneficiaries of retirement plans or IRAs may become ineligible for government assistance programs, including SSI and Medicaid, after their parents’ deaths.
If your primary assets are in retirement plans and you will need to use all or some of these assets to support your loved one after your lifetime, it’s important to work with your attorney to determine the best and correct way to transfer these assets.
A special needs trust, sometimes called a supplemental needs trust, holds assets for a beneficiary with disabilities in order to supplement the beneficiary’s income without impacting eligibility to receive other benefits.
Depending on the type of Special Needs Trust, you may be able to name OPTIONS as a remainder beneficiary of the trust.
OPTIONS would only receive funds remaining, if any, after the individual beneficiary’s lifetime. Please discuss this with your attorney to determine if this may be right for you.
Please let us know if you’ve included a gift for OPTIONS in your will, trust, or by beneficiary designation. Providing us with documentation is the best way to ensure that your gift is used in the way you intend.
Please send confirmation to Sylvia Bush at: