Legacy Giving

What Will Your Legacy Be?

Room to Read is creating a world free from illiteracy and gender inequality and, as a legacy donor, you can make a lasting commitment to help us achieve that goal. With your partnership, we will continue to help children in low-income communities develop literacy skills and a habit of reading and empower girls to build skills to succeed in school and negotiate key life decisions. Your lasting support will provide the life-changing gift of education for generations to come.

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Your support is their success. Their triumph is your legacy.

Leaving a Legacy Gift is Easy

With charitable gift planning, you can leave a legacy that will continue to impact children for years to come. You can structure your gift to maximize its benefits in a way that is most favorable to you, your loved ones, and the organizations you choose.

For assistance please e-mail legacy@roomtoread.org or follow the steps below.

Step-by-Step Guide to Legacy Giving

Think about what you would like to support – most of our supporters choose to invest in our greatest need.

Investing in Room to Read’s greatest need allows for adaptability in an unknown future so you can be sure that your gift is being used for maximum impact, but you may also choose to support a specific program or country.

To learn more about your investment options, please e-mail legacy@roomtoread.org.

Decide what type of gift you would like to leave. A bequest, or gift made through your will, is the most common type of legacy gift.

Bequest – One of the simplest and most effective ways you can ensure that education endures for the world’s most vulnerable children – not just now, but always – is by writing Room to Read into your will.

Bequests can be for a percentage of your estate or a specific dollar amount and your gift may be in the form of cash, stocks, or bonds. Suggested language for making a bequest to Room to Read can be found below:

For a bequest of a percentage of the estate:

“I give, devise and bequeath to Room to Read, a nonprofit corporation of the State of California, tax ID #91-2003533, located at 465 California Street, Suite 1000, San Francisco, California 94104 ___% of my estate for its general purposes.”

For a specific bequest:

“I give, devise and bequeath to Room to Read, a nonprofit corporation of the State of California, tax ID # 91-2003533, located at 465 California Street, Suite 1000, San Francisco, California 94104, the sum of $ for its general purposes.”

Life Insurance Policy – Naming Room to Read as the beneficiary of your life insurance policy is a significant way to impact our work. You can also designate Room to Read as the primary beneficiary for a percentage or specified amount of the policy or name us a contingent beneficiary.

Retirement – Designate Room to Read as a beneficiary of your retirement or pension plan, including your IRA or 401(k).

Charitable IRA Rollover (US only) – Use a charitable IRA rollover and make gifts to Room to Read count toward your minimum distribution requirement while also excluding the transferred amount from your taxable income.

Consult your financial advisor or visit your trusted online will-making website to create or adapt your will.

Make sure to tell us that you’ve left a gift in your will!

In honor of your investment in Room to Read’s future, we would love to show our appreciation by recognizing your gift and including you in our exclusive legacy benefits. However, we understand if you prefer to remain anonymous.

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