Wills & Planned Giving
The Secular Coalition for America and the Secular Coalition for America Education Fund are deeply grateful to those who, through their will or living trust, make a gift to ensure that true religious freedom for all remains a cornerstone American value.
Please note: This page is for general education on gifts by Will or Trust. Please see a tax or legal professional to determine your what giving plan is right for you.
Making a Bequest Donation to Support the Secular Coalition for America Education Fund
Bequests for Secular Coalition for America Education Fund are charitable and therefore tax-deductible. Because bequests to Secular Coalition for America Education Fund are generally exempt from federal or state inheritance taxes, and subject to an unlimited deduction, you may find that a commitment through your will results in a much larger donation than expected.
Making a Bequest Donation to Support the Secular Coalition for America
Bequests to Secular Coalition for America fund national lobbying activities. This support is particularly valuable because lobbying is crucial to amplifying the diverse and growing voice of the nontheistic community in the United States.
Since lobbying is not a charitable activity, bequests to Secular Coalition for America are not tax-deductible for estate tax purposes. Yet with proper estate planning it may be possible to make a significant bequest to support the organization's legislative work and avoid estate taxation.
Please contact us and consult your attorney or tax advisor for assistance in establishing a legacy that will reflect your commitment to secular government.
Types of Bequests to Consider
- General bequest: Most donors plan a bequest in the form of a general-use gift. A general bequest can be a dollar amount or percentage of your estate. This general support is most helpful to us because it allows us to direct funds to our day-to-day campaign activities.
- Specific bequest: You designate a specific dollar amount or specific asset (e.g., stocks, bonds, real estate, mutual fund shares, etc.) to Secular Coalition for America.
- Residuary bequest: You designate all or a portion of your estate's residue (what is left after payment of taxes, debts, settlement costs have been satisfied) to Secular Coalition for America.
- Contingent bequest: Can be a general, specific or residuary bequest that designates a contingent beneficiary if the primary beneficiary predeceases you.
What If I Have Already Written My Will or Trust?
If you have already made out your will and wish to amend it to include the Secular Coalition for America or Secular Coalition for America Education Fund you can consider using codicil language to make your desired changes. Your attorney can prepare a codicil which adds a new bequest while reaffirming the other terms of your will. If you have created a revocable trust you can make changes through an amendment.
Already Planning a Bequest?
Your bequest should be carefully planned to provide the maximum benefits for both your family and our work to defend secular governance. We are happy to provide you with tailored bequest language to ensure your gift is directed per your wishes.
If you have made a provision in your estate plans for Secular Coalition for America or Secular Coalition for America Education Fund, we thank you for your generosity. Please let us know so that we may express our gratitude and recognize you.
Please consult with your attorney or accountant regarding the tax ramifications of your bequest.
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