Planned Gifts

Planning a legacy gift is rewarding and easier than you might think.

Legacy gifts that support our work – including a specific Club, project or program – are a meaningful and rewarding way to transform lives, fortify communities, and set an important example for future generations. There are a number of creative ways that you can give to Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, whether you name us in your will or create a more complex arrangement. We can help you think strategically about how to support BGCB, so that you can maximize the impact you will have on our work.

We are excited to announce that an important goal of the Opening Doors Campaign is to reach 75 members of our Frederic C. Church Sr. Legacy Society. Please consider joining the friends, leaders, volunteers, alumni and staff who have already made their legacy pledge. And, if you already included us in your estate plans – we would appreciate the opportunity to thank you for your generosity and to help make sure your intentions are carried out properly.

To learn more about how you can support BGCB through a planned gift, we are pleased to offer additional resources through Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Here, you’ll find more detailed information and documents to assist you with your philanthropic planning.

  • Bequests
  • Life Income Gifts
  • Retirement Assets


A charitable bequest is one of the easiest gifts to make. It is a gift made through your will, directing that part of your estate go to one or more of your favorite charities. Since a charitable bequest can take many forms, you have considerable flexibility. You can leave a specific asset, a specific sum of money, a percentage of your estate or what remains of your estate after you have provided for other beneficiaries. You can designate exactly how you want your bequest to be used or leave it unrestricted so that Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston has the flexibility to meet our priority needs. Most importantly, you can change any bequest provision during your life, which means you remain in complete control of the process.

Sample bequest language:
“I give and bequeath to Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Boston, MA, the sum of $____ [or ___%] to be used for its general purposes.”

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Be sure to consult your tax and financial advisor when considering any planned gift and obtain the assistance of an attorney when making or revising your will. If you have questions or require additional information, Elizabeth Stevens, our Planned Giving Officer, would be pleased to work with you and your attorney.


Brothers remember BGCB in their estate plans

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Dick Church

When we refer to Club Kids, we usually mean Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston members. But two of our Club Kids are Fred and Dick Church, sons of “Mr. Boy’s Club” Frederic C. Church, Sr. who served Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston as a board leader for half a century, including twenty years as President (1935-1955). Fred and Dick followed in their father’s footsteps, becoming involved with Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston as young men and remaining dedicated to our work today.

Fred worked at the Charlestown Club while at college and was a counselor at the Boys & Girls Club summer camp on Cape Cod. He was a Director for four decades and also served as President. Today Fred is a Senior Advisory Board member.

Dick remembers tutoring in the South Boston Club and working as a camp counselor during college. He went on to serve for 25 years as a Director and is currently an Overseer Emeritus. Dick shared:

“As kids, Fred and I learned a lot from our Dad about Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston and about the importance of continuing to give back to those kids less fortunate than ourselves. We feel strongly that we want to continue supporting this remarkable organization in a meaningful way. By making provisions for Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston in our wills, both my brother and I can continue our family’s legacy and, most important, show our loyalty to an organization that will continue to help future generations of Club members.”

Creating a Secure Legacy

Donna and Chip Hazard
Donna Hazard felt an immediate connection to Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston (BGCB) when she toured the Edgerley Family South Boston Club in 1998. She quickly became a Trustee and later joined the Board of Directors, finding these roles to be deeply satisfying.

However, it was volunteering at the Yawkey Club of Roxbury that cemented Donna’s life-long commitment to BGCB. Together with a friend, she taught business classes to the Keystone Club, which was running a café to raise funds. Donna recalls a member, Michael, who came daily despite challenges at home. Through their conversations and seeing his relationships with staff, Donna realized the important role the Clubs play as safe, stable, and empowering places.

A member of the Board’s Executive Committee, Donna continues to apply her business skills for BGCB’s benefit. She is acutely aware of the importance of having a strong endowment, having seen the impact of an economic downturn. She wants to ensure that BGCB can still serve the children, families, and communities that count on it, even in the face of rising expenses and uncertain markets.

While still in their 40’s, and with a young family, Donna and her husband, Chip, decided to include a bequest to BGCB in their estate. They know this legacy gift will someday grow the endowment, supporting future generations of Club kids.

“Planned giving is a means for us to extend our support for work that has been tremendously meaningful to us. Coupled with a gifted leadership team, this program helps guarantee that crucial resources and opportunities will continue to be available long after we’re gone.”

Life Income Gifts

Build your legacy and receive life income from your gift.

When you are looking for ways to support Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston’s future, you shouldn’t feel like you are choosing between your philanthropic goals and financial security. One gift that allows you to support our mission while receiving fixed payments for life is a charitable gift annuity.

Benefits of a charitable gift annuity include:

– You receive fixed, annual payments for life in exchange for your gift to Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston.
– The payments are partially income-tax free throughout your estimated life expectancy.
– The payments are not affected by ups and downs in the economy.
– Your initial gift is partially income-tax deductible.
– The gift annuity can be for one or two people, so your spouse or another loved one can also receive payments for life.
– Designate support to the Club, program or project of your choice.

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Rates effective January 1, 2012 and are subject to change.


– Minimum gift of $10,000
– Payments begin after age 60
– Can be funded with cash or appreciated securities

Delay Your Payments

If you are younger than 60 or don’t need your payments immediately, you can set up a deferred gift annuity. This allows you to delay receiving payments until a later date — such as when you reach retirement. Best of all, because you deferred your payments, your annual payment will be higher than with a current annuity.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston’s gift annuity program is administered by Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Gift Annuity Rates are subject to change. Contact us to verify rates. Be sure to consult your tax and financial advisor when considering any planned gift.


Claire, age 80, makes a gift of $20,000 to fund a charitable gift annuity. Claire will receive 6.8% or $1,360 every year for as long as she lives. For the next 10 years, about $1,123 of each payment will be tax-free. Her gift also qualifies for an income tax charitable deduction of more than $9,800. And, Claire supports the young people of Boston and Chelsea.

Example is for illustrative purposes only, based on AFR of 2.0%. Gift annuity rates are subject to change. Contact us to verify rates. Be sure to consult your tax and financial advisor when considering any planned gift.

For a personal and confidential gift illustration, or to learn more, please contact Elizabeth Stevens, our Planned Giving Officer, at estevens@bgcb.org.

Retirement Assets

As you consider your philanthropic goals, we invite you to think about other ways to support our work. A retirement asset, such as an IRA account, makes an excellent bequest to us.

If the IRA were given to your family, much of the value may be lost through estate and income taxes. By designating Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston as the beneficiary of all or part of your IRA (using a beneficiary designation form provided by your custodian), the full value of the gift is transferred tax-free at your death and your estate receives an estate tax charitable deduction.

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Be sure to consult your tax and financial advisor when considering any planned gift.

Life Insurance Policy Supports Endowment

Senior Advisory Board member John U. Harris Jr. was invited onto Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston’s Board in April 1963 and has remained part of the BGCB family ever since. He marvels at the changes the organization has gone through in this time, remembering that we served 4,000 boys at three Clubhouses when he was Chair of the Board from 1972 through 1976. That number has grown to 15,000 youth and 11 sites today.

“All of us have had special associations in life which have given us great satisfaction – for me, one which has provided me with tremendous pleasure has been my time spent working with the Board, staff and members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. For what I have given to the organization, I have received much more in return.”

John’s leadership is still evident, as he co-chairs an annual luncheon of longtime board members and volunteer leaders – known as the ‘Lovejoy Luncheon’ after the late Joseph E. Lovejoy. John’s belief in the mission of BGCB has been demonstrated in countless ways over the years, and he continues to open doors for kids and builds on lasting friendships.

Beyond his annual gifts, John decided to make a planned gift of a paid-up life insurance policy to support the endowment – knowing that his legacy will be a part of BGCB’s work for generations to come.

Support BGCB with an IRA Rollover


President Obama signed legislation to permanently extend the IRA Charitable Rollover for 2015 and beyond. The bill allows individuals age 70½ or older to transfer up to $100,000 from an IRA to a qualified public charity free of federal income tax. The amount transferred can also be used to satisfy a donor’s required minimum distribution (RMD).

A charitable rollover is a simple way to make a gift. Here are the nuts and bolts:

– You must be an IRA owner age 70½ or older to be eligible.

– You must notify your IRA custodian to make a direct transfer of the distribution amount from the IRA to Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston (BGCB).

– The rollover counts toward your required minimum distribution, and you pay no tax on the distribution.

– Up to $100,000 of the amount transferred qualifies for this beneficial tax treatment.

Points to keep in mind when considering a charitable rollover:

– Individuals who transferred IRA funds directly to a qualified charity this year and meet the age requirements should check with an advisor to determine if their transfer qualifies as a tax-free charitable rollover.

– Each tax situation is unique. It is essential that you consult your advisor immediately and work closely with your IRA custodians to assess your individual situation.

Contact Elizabeth Stevens at 617.994.4784 or estevens@bgcb.org for more information.

Join our Legacy Society

Please consider joining the friends, leaders, volunteers, alumni, and staff who have already made a legacy gift to BGCB to help future generations.

Contact Us

Learn how you can make BGCB part of your legacy. Contact Elizabeth Stevens at 617-994-4784 or estevens@bgcb.org