Planned Giving – Legacy Society

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Honoring the Past, Empowering the Future

Members of YWCA Madison’s Legacy Society are individuals who are part of the history of YWCA Madison and want to do more for the future by leaving a gift from their estate. These thoughtful and passionate people plan to leave the world a better place through their legacy gifts. With a legacy gift, individuals of even modest means can help preserve and expand the mission and work of YWCA Madison for future generations.

YWCA is often the recipient of gifts that were planned years before we received them. Many times we are unaware that these planned gifts existed and were not able to fully thank and recognize these caring people for their generosity.

YWCA Madison Legacy Society was established to provide the opportunity for our thoughtful donors to make a lasting gift for the future and to be honored in the present for their generosity and vision. The YWCA Madison Legacy Society provides recognition for those who have included the YWCA Madison in their estate plans. Membership includes invitations to events, an opportunity to have a one-on-one conversation with the YWCA Madison CEO, and acknowledgment in the YWCA Madison Annual Report.

Society Membership

Membership in the Society is open to any individual or couple who includes gifts to the YWCA Madison, Inc. in their estate plans. Membership in the Society may be obtained by making a planned gift in any of the following ways:

  • A bequest in your will, directing a percentage of your estate, fixed amount, or contingency statement which will direct an eventual gift to the YWCA Madison, Inc.
  • Creating a trust or life estate agreement that eventually directs all or part of the principal or earnings to the YWCA Madison, Inc.
  • Establishing a Charitable Gift Annuity to benefit the YWCA Madison, Inc.

We encourage you to consult with your financial adviser, estate planner, and tax professional to assist you in making a thoughtful and effective estate plan. Working with these professionals will help you to fully evaluate personal and family issues of importance to you as well as your wishes for any charitable donation to the YWCA Madison, Inc.

Designating My Gift

Members of the Society can make their gifts without restriction for the mission of the YWCA Madison where it is needed most. Members of the Society may also designate their gifts to be used for specific YWCA programs such as:

With the generosity and vision of thoughtful donors to the YWCA Madison, we will be able to ensure that our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women benefits generations to come.

Have you included the YWCA Madison, Inc. in your estate plans? Let us know by reaching out to YWCA Advancement Director, Andrea Zea at 608.395.2196 or emailing