Legacy Giving

Have you considered including Habitat in your will or estate plans?

We know that safe, decent, and affordable housing plays a critical role in enabling people to realize new lives filled with possibilities and progress. When you make a gift to Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, NC, you become an integral partner in building strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.

A legacy gift ensures that your critical support will continue to help households build stable futures for years to come. By joining the Framing the Future Legacy Society, you open the door to opportunities for people here in Orange County and also provide specific advantages for yourself. For example:

We hope you’ll join us in extending a hand-up for a better, brighter future through homeownership. 

How to leave your legacy with Habitat

1. Meet with your estate planning attorney– Whether you need to create a will or simply update an earlier version, we recommend seeking the help of an estate planning attorney and tax advisor who can ensure that your will is legal and executable.

2. Choose how to give- Figure out the way to give that works best with you. Different ways include gifts that cost you nothing now and gifts that may pay you income.

Gifts that cost you nothing now:

Gifts that may pay you income:

3. Let us know of your plans– Please contact Vice President of Development Shanell Smaw at ssmaw@orangehabitat.org or (919) 932-7077 ext. 218 to let us know when you have named Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, NC as a beneficiary of your estate. We would love the opportunity to thank you for such a special commitment and recognize you in the Habitat Legacy Society. Simply complete this form to let us know that you have included Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, NC in your estate plans. Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, NC operates separately from Habitat for Humanity International. To ensure your gift stays in Orange County, make sure you specifically mention Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, NC in your official documentation. Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, NC’s tax ID number is 58-1603427. 

This information is not intended to be tax or legal advice. Please seek professional assistance in designing your planned gift. 

Framing the Future Legacy Society 

After providing for your family, we hope you will consider a legacy gift that makes supporting people working toward independence a part of your life story. A legacy gift is not only cost-free during your lifetime, but also lasts another lifetime for a Habitat homebuyer. It would be our distinct honor to welcome you to the Habitat Legacy Society. By making a permanent gift to Habitat through your will, trust, or beneficiary designation you ensure that our partnership will endure long after your lifetime until our shared vision is realized and everyone has a decent place to live.

By intending to leave a gift to Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, NC, you will receive membership to this Legacy Society, with benefits including:

You will also be joining a group of other passionate Habitat for Humanity volunteers, donors, and supporters. Thank you to our current Legacy Society members: 

Althea Alton and David StanfordMargaret HauthCami SchuppRick Tugwell
John Becton and Nancy TannenbaumKay and Sam LeamanCarl ShySusan Warwick and Doug Call
Chris and Bob BerndtSusan LevySusan and Pharr SmithDenise and Davis Waters
Fred and Sylvia BlackSuki and Jim NewtonAlexandra SteinDavid C. Wright
Blanche ClarkPeg ParkerAimee Tattersall
Cresha and George CiancioloChris ReynoldsKelli Thomas
Sue and David HarvinPatricia Sawin and Bron SkinnerJanet Turchi

Legacy Fulfilled

We would like to honor the following donors who, over the past 40 years, have left a legacy of over $1.725 million in gifts to Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, NC. As a result, 19 households have purchased a safe, affordable Habitat home. 

Dorothy BrownElizabeth Crowe and Marion CroweDoris KnechtPearl and Bob SeymourJacqueline Smith
Jeannie and Clyde BrowningAileen GoodwinKurt LowFrances and Carey ShawPhyllis Sockwell
Jean and Joe BuckwalterBetty GordonAlice MillerArlyn SheldonMary Jane Timmons
Susan CoenenMary and Russell GravesSkip RookCharles SmithMary Louise Viehe
Frances CovingtonLinda Griffin

This information is not intended to be tax or legal advice. Please seek professional assistance in designing your planned gift. 

Contact Us!

For more information on how to get involved, contact Shanell Smaw, Vice President of Development.

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More Ways to Give

Legacy Giving is just one way to support Orange Habitat. Click here to see all of the ways you can make a financial impact.