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Planned Giving

legacy gift

Leave a Lasting Legacy

A legacy gift is a planned future donation designated as part of an individual’s estate to a charity they hold close to their heart.

For decades, John and Helen Apostle supported the Children’s Foundation of America’s mission to help children heal, learn and thrive. They provided Christmas parties for foster children and when John passed away, Helen established a memorial scholarship fund in his name.

Having no children of their own and living frugally, it was their desire to leave their estate in a charitable foundation to benefit the community, needy children and the elderly. After Helen passed away in 2017, the John Apostle and Helen Apostle Foundation granted the continuation of funds to the Children’s Foundation of America scholarship renamed in both John and Helen’s memory. With their generous legacy gift, we were also able to complete a transitional living house for former foster youth and named the building after this incredible couple. Legacy gifts enable donors to create a truly powerful and lasting philanthropic legacy.

Another generous supporter, Irene Papadakis, was also very invested in the future of children in foster care and became involved in the cause through her church in Arizona. She arranged to gift her property which would be sold upon her passing so that the funds could directly support children affected by abuse, neglect or abandonment.

There are many ways to make a planned gift, including trusts, legacy gifts and life insurance. To help our supporters learn about Planned Giving and the benefits to you and the Foundation, we are happy to provide you with a series of inspiring and informational articles from experts in Planned Giving as well as real stories of those who have made a lasting legacy through their generous gifts.

We encourage you to reach out to one of the experts in our articles or ask your own agent or lawyer to discusses the process.

Compassionate Giving with the Help of New York Life

Planned Giving with Wynder Law and Buxbaum & Chakmak

For donation information or to contact the Children’s Foundation of America, please contact:

Gail Polk
Community Outreach Coordinator
Children’s Foundation of America
PO Box 1210
Claremont, CA 91711