Leave a Legacy For Generations to Come

Make brighter futures for women and girls part of your legacy. Create lasting impact tomorrow by leaving a gift in your Will today.

Why leave a gift in your Will?

A gift in your Will to Cuso is an undeniable commitment to reducing poverty and empowering people. Your generosity will be vital in creating a planet that is equitable and sustainable for each and every person, especially women and girls. This level of impact doesn’t happen in a day. It happens over a lifetime.

This is an unprecedented time in our collective experience, and we know that our donors and the people who care deeply about our mission are intensely impacted by the global pandemic, as are our volunteers, our staff, our partners and the people we serve around the world. Donors have been reaching out to discuss their own personal values as expressed through a future gift in their Will and we are so thankful for this expression of generosity and action.

Tom and Sue are paying it forward

Tom and Sue Stephens spent their first years of married life volunteering with Cuso at a school in Nigeria. Their experience helped shape their decisions to become a teacher and counsellor (Sue) and a health researcher (Tom). It also helped shape their personal perspectives and fueled their decision to support Cuso for the past four decades. The Stephenses also chose to add a legacy gift in their Will because they believe in the importance of organizations focused on long-term results, particularly around women’s equality. “Cuso is not just dealing with the immediate problems but really building a future. It's a way for us to pay it forward for what we got so many years ago, which has been so valuable to us over the years.”

Nora is committed to ending poverty

As a psychiatric social worker, Nora Wilson spent several years as a young woman working in Kenya conducting home visits and assessing children and adults in mental health clinics. She remembers the day a monsoon hit while she met with families living in poverty. Almost all the homes, made of cardboard and plastic, were washed away. "That experience deeply affected me and reaffirmed my commitment to Cuso and ending poverty. I've been giving to Cuso for 30 years, and by adding a gift in my Will I'm ensuring future generations can benefit from Cuso's good work."

Ways to leave a legacy

A residual gift fulfills all other commitments of your estate (such as gifts to loved ones) first. Then, the remainder is given to Cuso.

If you wish to amend an existing Will to include Cuso International, here is sample codicil language you can consider in consultation with your financial planner: “I give to Cuso International one hundred per cent (100%) of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate for its general purposes.”

This allows you to divide your estate into equal portions, with a specific portion as a charitable gift. This way, Cuso can be treated like an additional family member in your estate plans.

If you wish to amend an existing Will to include Cuso International, here is sample codicil language you can consider in consultation with your financial planner: “I give to Cuso International ___ per cent of the value of my estate to be used for its general purposes.”

A fixed amount allows you to give a specific dollar amount. This is a good option for those who feel confident in their estate’s ability to meet all their priorities and commitments.

If you wish to amend an existing Will to include Cuso International, here is sample codicil language you can consider in consultation with your financial planner: “I give to Cuso International the sum of $____ to be used for its general purposes.”

Life insurance is an asset you may not think of donating until you hear how simple and powerful it can be for both the people we support and for your estate. A gift of life insurance is an affordable way to make a real difference.

Ways to donate life insurance:

  • Transfer ownership of a paid-up policy with Cuso International named as beneficiary. You can receive a current charitable tax receipt for fair market value of the policy or defer the tax receipt to your estate.
  • Transfer ownership of a partially paid-up policy with Cuso International named as beneficiary. You will receive a charitable tax receipt for fair market value of the policy and an annual tax receipt for your on-going premium payments.
  • Take out a new policy with Cuso International as owner and beneficiary, and receive an annual charitable tax receipt for on-going premium payments.
  • Assign Cuso International as the beneficiary of your individual or workplace policy. Your estate will receive a charitable tax receipt.

We are here to support you every step of the way

If a legacy of strong communities, healthy families and stable livelihoods is something that speaks to you, connect with us today. Please contact Laurie Buske toll-free at 1.888.434.2876 ext. 263 or by email at laurie.buske@cusointernational.org.

Legal Name: Cuso International
Charitable Registration Number (CAN): 81111 6813 RR0001
Charitable Registration Number (USA): EIN 30-0545486