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Everyone Has a Legacy: What Will Yours Be?

By making a planned gift, you can create a lasting legacy that will impact DC’s children and families long into the future. Not only can planned giving maximize your philanthropy, it will help to sustain Children’s Law Center’s work for the next generation – impacting thousands of children we haven’t even met yet.

Join Our Legacy Society

Our Legacy Society honors and recognizes those who have named Children’s Law Center in their wills, trusts or estate plans and informed the Center of that commitment.

Special thanks to our Legacy Society members who will impact DC’s children and families for generations to come:

  • Diana and Stephen Goldberg
  • Benjamin Gitterman
  • The Honorable Gladys Kessler (Ret.) 
  • Evan Miller and Nancy Hedin 
  • Judith Sandalow 
  • Page and Howard Smith 
  • Melissa Wiley 
All Legacy Society members receive lifetime benefits, including:
  • Priority invitations to events throughout the year
  • Special receptions for Legacy Society members
  • Recognition in newsletters and other Children’s Law Center publications (if desired)

Making A Legacy Gift

Your planned gift shouldn’t just fit our needs – it should also work for your personal, financial and philanthropic goals. To become a member of our Legacy Society or explore what your planned gift could be, please contact Brian Shook at 202-467-4900 x 583 or

Please note that Children’s Law Center does not dispense legal or tax advice. We encourage you to discuss any of the options provided below with an attorney, certified public accountant or other qualified financial consultant.


Your will can include gifts in the form of: Cash, stocks, bonds, real estate or personal property. Your bequest designated to Children’s Law Center can be specified in your will, trust or estate plan as a specific amount, a percentage of what you will give or the amount remaining once you’ve paid your other bequests.

Sample Language for Your Will: 

“I give to the Children’s Law Center, Inc. , a District of Columbia nonprofit corporation, headquartered in Washington, DC, the sum of $_______ (or___% of my estate, or the property described herein) to be used for _________________ (specify the purpose, like unrestricted funds, a specific program, etc.).” 

Children’s Law Center’s Tax ID Number:  52-1961588 

Our Legal Name: Children’s Law Center, Inc.

Retirement Savings 

If you are interested in using your retirement savings to support Children’s Law Center, you can consider one of the following options:

  • You can name Children’s Law Center as a beneficiary of your retirement fund – all or just a percentage.
  • If you’ve reached the age where you need to take required minimum distributions (RMDs) from your IRA, you can donate that money to Children’s Law Center as a Qualified Charitable Distribution, which will be excluded from your taxable income.

Either can be arranged by contacting the administrator who oversees your retirement plan.

Retained Life Estate 

If you deed a house or seasonal home to Children’s Law Center you and/or your spouse retain the right to live in the house for the remainder of your life. You receive an immediate income tax deduction for the gift. Children’s Law Center will most likely sell the property when you or your spouse no longer need it. Be sure to work closely with your real estate advisor, accountant, attorney and Children’s Law Center to establish your future gift.