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    Leaving a Legacy – Pay it Forward to Preserve the Past

    One day, he was walking down the road when he saw a man planting a carob tree. Honi said to the man, “How many years will this tree need to produce fruit?” The man answered, “Seventy years." Honi said, “Is it so clear to you that you will live 70 years? The man answered, “I found carob trees in the world. Just like my ancestors planted for me, I plant for my children”. Talmud Bavli, Masekhet Ta’anit 23a

    The work that we, the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission, do–telling the real stories of the real places and people of Texas–is about supporting the Texas Historical Commission in preserving our heritage and the legacy of Texans of all stripes. The support and partnership of our donors not only helps us accomplish this mission, but it also offers an opportunity for these friends to leave their own legacy and become part of the stories we are trying to preserve.

    The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission invites you to join us in this endeavor, with a legacy gift that will ensure that your values, as a historic preservation donor and supporter, are conveyed and sustained through a future gift to the Friends. If you are passionate about historic preservation, if you are passionate about the history of the state, and the varied and complex stories of all Texans, past, current and future, that makes Texas the great state that it is, please consider supporting the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission with a legacy gift.

    We understand that through your philanthropy you want to make sure that your cherished values live on, and that the cause you are passionate about – preserving Texas history and heritage – is supported in perpetuity.  A legacy gift to the Friends will allow you to do just that, ensuring that the real stories of the real places and people are preserved for ALL Texans and future generations.

    Your legacy gift could include making gifts of securities, real estate or other properties; making a gift to the Friends of the THC in your will; designating the Friends as a beneficiary in your retirement plan or your life insurance; making a gift that pays you income for life while also providing tax deductions (a charitable remainder trust); and more. You can also make any of these gifts in honor or memory of a loved one, or use them to establish an endowment honoring someone important. 

    Your legacy gift will not only allow you to fulfil your philanthropic goals, but it will also provide you with tax benefits – providing income tax deductions and lowering your capital gains taxes if you transfer appreciated assets to the Friends.  Through effective legacy gift planning you can also lower your estate taxes and provide your family with greater security.

    Please call us – we would love an opportunity to discuss your legacy giving goals.  While we do not provide legal or financial advice, we will be happy to provide information about gift planning tools that you can discuss with your legal and financial advisors to explore the right options for you and your family.

    Please speak with your wealth management advisor or tax advisor and name the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission as a beneficiary in your gift planning.

    For more information about making a legacy gift to the Friends of the THC, please contact Anjali Kaul Zutshi, Executive Director (anjali.zutshI@thc.texas.gov; 512-936-2241) or go to www.thcfriends.org/how-to-give.