Memorials and Bequests
General Notes on Giving
Giving is a personal matter – each according to his or her ability, interest, and inclination. No gift is too small, or too large. The pride of participation in a lasting legacy for children and youth is what is important.
The Pacific Northwest Kiwanis Foundation is a non-profit, charitable corporation recognized by the U.S. Bureau of Internal Revenue (IRS Code 501(c)(3)).
The Foundation accepts US and Canadian gifts at par, based on residence of donor.
How to Make a Donation
It is sufficient to send a cheque payable to "Pacific Northwest Kiwanis Foundation" and a letter written with all relevant details including your phone number in case any additional details are needed. In some cases, application forms have been prepared for your convenience.
Memorial Plaques: Honoring Kiwanians
It's a Way to Say, “We'll Always Remember...”
Kiwanians contribute years of their lives to the Kiwanis organization, their club, and the community they serve. Kiwanians are good people, and members become good friends. We do not always have an opportunity to fully recognize how much our friends mean to us and to our clubs until it is too late.
It can be difficult to express how the club feels when a member passes away. However, the Pacific Northwest Kiwanis Foundation can provide a beautifully-engraved hardwood plaque dedicated to that member. The club can either present the plaque to the member's family or have it mounted in a place of honor.
Supporting Children and Youth
Memorial plaques are available through donations of $100 or more. Because the Foundation relies primarily on accrued interest to support its programs, a memorial donation will provide a lasting legacy supporting scholarships, youth leadership programs, and other programs for children and youth in the Pacific Northwest.
It is fitting that a Kiwanian's passing be recognized through a donation to an organization such as the Pacific Northwest Kiwanis Foundation. Just as the member supported Kiwanis, the Foundation will use your donation to continue to support Kiwanis-sponsored youth and Kiwanis-linked programs for children and youth. Pass the torch to the Foundation, and the light will continue to shine.
Making a Memorial Gift
A brochure with application form is available here. For fastest delivery, please fill out the credit card information and fax it to the Foundation at (503) 305-7635. You can also contribute using a check/cheque and mailing the contribution to:
Pacific Northwest Kiwanis Foundation
5427 Glen Echo Ave.
Gladstone, OR 97027
Plaques may vary slightly in appearance depending on the supplier used, but this is a typical design:
Bequests and Planned Giving
There are many Kiwanians for whom Kiwanis is not just a hobby but a passion. There is only so much we can accomplish in our lifetimes, but the need for children and youth to have a helping hand continues long after our passing. A bequest or planned gift to the PNW Kiwanis Foundation is a wonderful way for Kiwanians to leave a lasting legacy that will continue to help children and youth right here in the Pacific Northwest.
There are potential tax benefits of making a bequest or planned gift, and there are many ways to make a gift including:
- Charitable Gift Annuity
- Life Insurance
- Charitable Remainder Trust
- Revocable Living Trust
- Retirement Plan Beneficiary
It is highly recommended that you consult a financial planner, tax specialist, and/or attorney to make sure the type of gift is right for you.