Pledge a more meaningful legacy.

And let us thank you for your gift.

When the SOMO Endowment Fund receives a gift through a bequest (being named as a beneficiary in someone's will) it usually comes as a surprise to us.

While we're very grateful for the gift, we regret that we weren't able to personally thank the donor for his or her bequest.

You can help us change that. By making a pledge to include us in your will, you'll be helping to ensure a brighter future for SOMO athletes.

Your pledge is the simplest way to tell us you support our work. All you have to do is let us know that you intend to include us in your will or trust. It’s as easy as calling Laurie Shadoan at 573-635-1660 or emailing her at shadoan@somo.org

About wills & bequests

A bequest may take several forms. It can be specific sum, a percentage of your estate, or the remainder of your estate after expenses and gifts to loved ones. Bequests can include cash, securities, real estate, houses, and personal property such as valuable collections, art, or jewelry.  Download our free wills guide here. >>

About living trusts

Living trusts are a popular choice because the terms of a living trust, unlike a will, can be put into effect immediately upon your death, bypassing probate and keeping the terms private. Learn about living trusts and other planned gifts here. >> 

 

 

About planned giving

What is Planned Giving?  It's the integration of personal, financial and estate planning goals with lifetime or testamentary charitable giving.  It's also an opportunity for charitable giving in circumstances that may not otherwise allow a donor to make a gift to charity.  Download our free Guide to Planned Giving here. >> 

Read a donor story about wills
Because we’re all about planning for the long-term future needs of Special Olympics Missouri, we’re always glad to learn how our donors are planning to include us in their charitable planned giving.  Read a donor story here. >> 

An easy way to make a big impact

Our SOMO Endowment Fund helps your donation grow over time so that it can benefit future SOMO athletes. You can pledge now to make your legacy more meaningful by naming us as a beneficiary in your will. We'll make the process easy for you with our easy-to-follow wills guide. And most importantly, we'll have the chance to personally thank you and demonstrate how your support of Special Olympics Missouri makes a huge impact on the lives of our very deserving athletes.

Start the year off right and learn how you can pledge to make a more meaningful legacy.

How it works 

 1) You can provide now for a future gift to the SOMO Endowment Fund by including a bequest provision in your will or revocable trust.

 2) Your will or trust directs assets to your heirs.

 3) Your will or trust directs a bequest to the SOMO Endowment Fund for the purpose(s) you specify.

 4)  Your pledge, whether a specific amount or a percentage of your estate, becomes a bequest provision in your will or revocable trust.

Benefits

  • Your assets remain in your control during your lifetime.
  • You can modify your bequest if your circumstances change.
  • You can direct your bequest to a particular purpose (be sure to check with the SOMO Endowment to make sure your gift can be used as intended).
  • There is no upper limit on the estate tax deductions that can be taken for charitable bequests.
  • You can have the satisfaction now of knowing that your bequest will support the Special Olympics in the way you intended when you are gone.

If you already have a will or trust, please share this information with your attorney or financial planner. If you have not yet created a will or trust, contact us and we will provide you with information and referrals. Please call 573-635-1660 or email Laurie Shadoan at shadoan@somo.org.