Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has signed a proclamation declaring November as “Plan Your Giving Iowa” month in the state of Iowa. Organizations in the Siouxland area are encouraging everyone to consider participation. The declaration marked the beginning of the “Plan Your Giving Iowa” (PYGI) Project.
PYGI is aimed at encouraging individuals from all income levels to include their favorite nonprofit organizations in their wills or estate plans (insurance, 401(k), trust, etc.), and to share their intentions at www.planyourgivingiowa.org. PYGI is a project of LEAVE A LEGACY Iowa and the Iowa Council of Foundations.
"As a LEAVE A LEGACY Iowa Partner we are proud to support this project," said Lea Greathouse of Mercy Medical Center, Sioux City. "Nonprofit organizations play a key role in our community and gifts from wills and estate plans have the potential to make a huge difference in the fulfillment of their missions," Greathouse said.
According to the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, over 80% of individuals will give a gift during their lifetime but it is estimated that only 8% of those who die leave a bequest to a nonprofit.
"We want anyone who has included a nonprofit in their will or estate plans to add their name to the list at www.planyourgivingiowa.org," Greathouse said. "By putting your name on the list, you share with the world that you're going to make a lasting difference and you'll inspire others to consider the same. You only add your name and city, not the organizations or intended gift amounts. It is that simple."
"Generosity has the power to change the world," said Rob Hilbert, the volunteer chair of LEAVE A LEGACY Iowa and co-chair of PYGI. "Anyone can have an impact and become an immortal philanthropist through a gift from their will or estate plan."
More information about the project as well as resources for individuals can be found at www.planyourgivingiowa.org or by calling the Mercy Medical Center Foundation office at (712) 279-2223.
For more information, contact:
Dianne Krier, Mercy Marketing and Communications Coordinator (712) 279-5682
Jim Wharton, VP of Marketing and Business Development