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6 Things To Know About Leaving a Legacy

It was a joy to celebrate Manatee Community Foundation’s Legacy Society members at our 2022 Legacy Breakfast earlier this month. A few things that may surprise you about legacy giving:

  1. You can partner with the Foundation to leave a charitable legacy that supports specific nonprofits, general causes such as literacy or environmental conservation, emerging needs through unrestricted giving, Manatee Community Foundation’s future, or any combination of these.
  2. You can change or update your legacy plan at any time.
  3. There is no cost to partner with Manatee Community Foundation to create your legacy document.
  4. We collaborate with your estate planning attorney and other professional advisors to make your plans seamless.
  5. Many people do not know what assets will remain at the end of their lives, and they choose to allocate a percentage of their estate to charitable causes. Others make Manatee Community Foundation a beneficiary on their life insurance policy, retirement accounts, or give other assets.
  6. There is no minimum (or maximum) amount required to be a Legacy Society member.
Scenes from the 2023 Legacy Breakfast

Special thanks to Kassandra Nealon, author of Bye Bye Bad Blood, Neirda Thompson-Pemberton, founder of FUNducation, and Michaela Oglesby, animal welfare champion at Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue and veterinary student, for their inspiration at our event. They joined us to share the legacies important to them as they give their time and talents to create a better world.

To discuss the possibilities for your charitable legacy, contact Jennifer Abbott at or call (941) 747-7765.