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

When you make a gift to Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, NC, you become an integral partner in the mission of building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. We know that safe, decent and affordable housing plays a critical role in enabling families and individuals to realize new lives filled with possibilities and progress. With just a little help, Habitat homebuyers are able to obtain the confidence and self-sufficiency they need to invest in themselves and their communities. These outcomes are most often long-lasting and change the lives of multiple generations of a family. 

A legacy gift will ensure that your critical support will continue to help more local families and individuals build stable futures for years to come. By joining the Framing the Future Legacy Society, you open the door to opportunity for families and individuals here in Orange County by empowering them to become self-reliant, but also provide specific advantages for yourself. For example:

  • Most gifts cost you nothing now and many gifts even pay you income.
  • You are not obligated in any way when you give; you can change your beneficiaries any time.
  • You can give a gift of any amount – whatever is right for you. There’s no minimum amount required.

We hope you'll join us in extending a hand up to families and individuals to 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 assistance from a professional in designing your planned gift. 

Framing the Future Society 

After providing for your family, we hope you will consider a legacy gift that makes supporting families and individuals 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 our Habitat Legacy Society. You will be joining a group of other passionate Habitat for Humanity volunteers, donors, and supporters. Thank you to our current society members: 

Althea Alton and David Stanford

John Becton and Nancy Tannenbaum

Chris and Bob Berndt

Frederick and Sylvia Black

Jan Broughton

Blanche Clark

Cresha and George Cianciolo

Sue and David Harvin

Margaret Hauth

Claudia Koonz

Kay and Sam Leaman

Susan Levy

Suki and Jim Newton

Peg Parker

Chris Reynolds

Patricia Sawin and Bron Skinner

Cami Schupp

Carl Shy

Susan and Pharr Smith

Alexandra Stein

Aimee Tattersall

Kelli Thomas

Janet Turchi

Rick Tugwell 

Susan Warwick and Doug Call

Denise and Davis Waters

David C. Wright

“I want to ensure that Habitat will be able to continue building foundations for families and communities beyond my lifetime. Habitat can give you the tools to move your legacy forward." - Habitat Wednesday Crew and Legacy Society Member Rick Tugwell.



Thank you to the following donors who, over the past 30 years, have provided over $1.725 million in planned gifts to Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, NC. As a result, 19 families have received a hand up into safe, affordable housing. 

Dorothy Brown

Jeannie and Clyde Browning

Jean and Joe Buckwalter

Susan Coenen

Frances Covington

Elizabeth Crowe and Marion Crowe

Aileen Goodwin

Betty Gordon

Mary and Russell Graves

Linda Griffin

Doris Knecht

Kurt Low

Alice Miller

Skip Rook

Pearl and Bob Seymour

Frances and Carey Shaw

Arlyn Sheldon

Charles Smith

Jacqueline Smith

Phyllis Sockwell

Mary Jane Timmons

Mary Louise Viehe

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