Posts By Nancy Simpson-Banker

Come Learn the Plain and Simple Truths about Legacy Giving

By , Published on October 5, 2017
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Join First Parish Members Jim Leffingwell and Bob Smart on Sunday, October 22nd at noon in the parlor for a workshop on legacy giving. Jim and Bob are both part of the Legacy Giving Committee.

Jim will lead the workshop based on his years of experience in planned giving. After many years as a pastor and non-profit executive, Jim entered the professional world of planned giving and worked for 2 independent schools and later as the New England Representative of the American Baptist Foundation. He conducted many workshops on planned giving during his 10 years there. Jim retired from the Foundation in 2000.

Bob is a well-known local attorney. He will be there to support Jim and answer questions such as how to create a will and a codicil.
Please RSVP to Jim at jleffi@yahoo.com so that he can plan for handouts.

For more information about the Legacy Giving Campaign, see http://uuneedham.org/legacy-giving-.campaign/

You can leave a last legacy at First Parish

By , Published on September 21, 2017
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The Legacy Giving Committee is delighted with the interest in the Challenge Campaign.  Over the coming weeks we will be sharing stories and ideas for including First Parish in your estate plan.

Many of you may not know of the generous bequest that Roberta Crocker recently made.  Roberta and her husband David raised their children at First Parish and were members for over 50 years. When she died last spring, Reverend Catie received word of her bequest.  We wish that we could have thanked Roberta while she was living. Her gift will make a lasting impact.

Including First Parish in your estate plan does not have to be complicated.  Our own Jim Leffingwell (a retired planned giving professional) will tell you how at a Planned Giving Workshop after church on October 22nd.  More information will follow but mark your calendar now!

If you have questions, reach out to the Legacy Giving Committee – Katie Barnett, Jim Leffingwell, Nancy Simpson-Banker, Eileen and Rick Vincent. Ad hoc members: Bob Rands and Bob Smart.

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Legacy Giving – A Simple Codicil to Your Will

By , Published on September 18, 2017
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The Legacy Giving Committee would like to thank all of you who stopped by our table at the Volunteer fair.  Many people asked how they could include First Parish in Needham (FPN) in their estate plan with a codicil to their will.  You are not required to have an attorney for most legal documents, but often it is a good idea to get legal advice before signing. A codicil is every bit as significant, and has the same binding legal effect, as a will. Wills and codicils must be witnessed by two disinterested witnesses. A notary public is not required, but is a good idea in case there is a subsequent will contest – the notary can testify as to what happened, and as to his or her opinion regarding competence, absence of duress, and the like.  The UUA has provided this language for use. 

Unrestricted Gift

I give ________ [$ amount description of property, or % of estate] to the First Parish in Needham Unitarian Universalist located at23 Dedham Avenue, Needham, MA 02492, for its unrestricted use.

 Restricted Gift

I give to the, First Parish in Needham Unitarian Universalist located at23 Dedham Avenue, Needham, MA 02492, [___ % of my estate or the sum of $________] to be used for [stated purpose]. If at any time in the judgment of the organization’s board of trustees it is deemed impossible or impracticable to carry out the above purpose, the Parish Committee shall determine a purpose as near as possible to that description above.

Please submit a copy of your completed paperwork to the UUA along with the form on the Legacy Challenge website. http://wakenowourvision.org/

If you have questions, reach out to the Legacy Giving Committee – Katie Barnett, Jim Leffingwell, Nancy Simpson-Banker, Eileen and Rick Vincent. Ad hoc members: Bob Rands and Bob Smart.

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Legacy Giving Campaign

By , Published on September 9, 2017
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The Legacy Giving Committee is excited to share with you that First Parish in Needham will be participating in the Wake Now Our Vision Campaign this fall. The UU Congregation at Shelter Rock has provided a $5 million challenge grant to encourage legacy giving among UU organizations and congregations. A legacy gift is a significant charitable gift during a donor’s life or at death that is part of his or her financial or estate plan. To inspire new legacy gift commitments, First Parish in Needham will qualify for a cash match of 10% of the gift’s estimated value (up to $10,000 per donor)! You will hear more about this in the coming months. If you want to learn how to make a legacy gift to First Parish, stop by the Legacy Giving table at the volunteer fair on September 17th. If you want to speak privately, reach out to any of the committee members or to Nancy Simpson-Banker, the committee chair, or one of the committee members: Katie Barnett, Jim Leffingwell, Eileen and Rick Vincent. Bob Rands and Bob Smart are ad hoc members of the committee.

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Workshop on Our Shared Legacy: Planned Giving for Unitarian Universalists

By , Published on September 25, 2016
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Sunday, October 16, 12 noon in the Parlor
Rev. Laura Randall, leading

Fresh off of preaching on “Legacies of Love“, Rev. Laura Randall, who is the Legacy Gifts Manager at the UUA, will present the planned giving basics and best practices for building a healthy planned giving program in our congregation. Come learn how simple planned giving really can be and the power it has to transform your congregation and Unitarian Universalism for generations to come.

If you have questions about these special programs, reach out to Nancy Simpson-Banker (Trustee of Invested Funds) at nsbanker@comcast.net.