What Will Your Legacy Be?

“I can place my little grain of sand and add to that a very thin veneer of civilization… I’m a very firm believer in the incremental approach; things change because individuals move their little grain of sand.” – Dr. M. Cherif Bassiouni

As in life, Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni decided to move his little grain of sand in his passing by leaving a bequest to Meals on Wheels Chicago. His generous gift allows Meals on Wheels Chicago to further our mission, providing a much-needed pool of funds to expand our programs and invest in the future of home meal delivery.

Planned Giving

Planned giving can provide an advantageous way to support Meals on Wheels Chicago through your estate plan or will. Your thoughtful foresight, generosity and commitment can help ensure support for Chicago’s seniors and people with disabilities while providing you with additional financial benefits that might include federal income tax and estate tax deductions.

Planned gifts can be donated to Meals on Wheels Chicago in several ways and are best planned with the counsel of a financial or legal adviser. Meals on Wheels Chicago believes there is a unique charitable option for everyone, no matter the size, that will allow you to help the organization beyond your lifetime.

Please contact Elise Geiger at [email protected] or (773)661-4550 or more information on planned giving. If you plan to include Meals on Wheels Chicago in your estate plans or will, be sure to let us know! We want to be able to thank you and acknowledge your generosity.

Putting a gift in your will

We hope you will consider including a gift to Meals on Wheels Chicago in your will or living trust. Called a charitable bequest, this type of gift offers many benefits. Just a few sentences in your will or trust are all that is needed. The official bequest language for Meals on Wheels Chicago is: “I give, devise, and bequeath to Meals on Wheels Chicago, a not-for-profit organization located in Chicago, Illinois, _______ percent (%) of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate as an unrestricted gift to be used at the discretion of the Board of Directors of Meals on Wheels Chicago.

To make a charitable bequest, you need a current will or revocable living trust. Your gift can be made as a percentage of your estate or, you can make a specific bequest by giving a certain amount of cash, securities or property. After your lifetime, Meals on Wheels Chicago receives your gift.

Read more about Dr. M. Cherif Bassiouni’s Legacy.