Planned Giving

Planned Giving


Your planned legacy gift to Riverbend Head Start and Family Services will make a lasting impact on the lives of vulnerable children and families in Madison County.

Planned legacy giving enables philanthropic individuals to make larger gifts to charitable organizations like Riverbend Head Start and Family Services.

Ways to Leave a Legacy or Planned Gift

A charitable bequest is made through your will or trust to establish your wishes today without relinquishing assets during your lifetime. “I give to Riverbend Head Start and Family Services, ___% of my residuary estate or $___ of my residuary estate. A Illinois not-for-profit organization, Riverbend Head Start And Family Services is located at 550 Landmarks Blvd, Alton, IL 62002 (EIN: 37-0681548).”

A charitable gift annuity can generate income for you. You transfer your cash or property to Riverbend Head Start and Family Services (RHSFS) and we commit to making a fixed payment to you for life at a rate based on your age. In addition to the security of fixed income, you receive a charitable income tax deduction and a portion of each of your annuity payments may be tax free. RHSFS will coordinate and manage your charitable gift annuity with our financial advisor.

The most versatile charitable giving tool, the charitable remainder trust (CRT), can help you avoid capital gains tax on the sale of appreciated assets, generate regular increased income for you, and provide you with a charitable tax deduction while fulfilling your philanthropic objectives. FamilyForward can manage this trust if we are designated as the sole beneficiary.

Designate Riverbend Head Start and Family Services as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy, retirement plan, or IRA while still planning for your and your family’s future.

Thank you for considering a legacy gift to Riverbend Head Start and Family Services. Your thoughtful planning now will ensure children are safe and families thrive for generations.


To learn more or schedule a visit, please contact Melanie Steen, PR & Fund Development Director at 618.463.8913 or

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