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Join the Goodman Legacy Circle

You can leave a loving gift to future generations -- the power of a connected community – by including the Goodman Community Center in your estate plans.

Thanks to broad and deep support from donors like you, the Goodman Community Center has become a beloved place and cherished resource for people of all walks of life here in Madison. Our innovative programs are delivered by a deeply caring and committed staff and with your help, we’ll be here for a long, long time…stronger than ever.

To join, simply provide a statement of intent to leave a gift to the Goodman Community Center. It can even be an email letting us know. No documentation of gift amount or type is necessary. You may also fill out the form below.

The most common legacy gifts

Most people like to leave a gift to charity in their will. Others simply designate a charity like Goodman as a beneficiary of an insurance policy or retirement account. For many, these are often the largest and most impactful gifts they’ve ever been able to make.

Legacy gifts can be simple. Or not.

Often, all it takes is a quick phone call to your lawyer to add a charitable gift to the Goodman Community Center to your will. But you might want to explore other options with a financial advisor — you don't need a large income or vast estate for that to be worthwhile. Some options even have benefits to you during your lifetime.

If you'd like to talk over your plans with Center development staff, please contact:          

Michelle Green, Chief Development Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 204-8059

We’d love to know if you have already included Goodman Community Center in your will or estate plans so we can thank you.

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Your legacy gift plans

Have you already included Goodman in your will or estate plans?

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Have you designated Goodman as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or annuity?

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Benefits to you:

  • A relationship with the Goodman Community Center and other donors during your lifetime.
  • A role in determining how your legacy gift will be used.
  • Satisfaction in knowing your legacy will make a difference for your community.
  • Special recognition in newsletters and annual reports, unless anonymity is desired.
  • Invitation to an annual Goodman Legacy Circle gathering and other special donor events.
  • Complimentary subscription to the Eastside News, our bi-monthly newspaper.
  • Some planned gifts can reduce your tax burden during your lifetime, such as gifts of securities donated in-kind.

Sample language for your will

Unrestricted Gift:
If you already have Goodman in your estate plan, please let us know so we can thank you. Because activities and priorities can change over time, unrestricted gifts provide the most flexibility, allowing funds to be directed where they are needed most.

I give to the Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Community Center, Inc. of Madison, Wisconsin, [the sum of $_____] or [____percentage (or all) of the residue of my estate] to provide unrestricted (endowed/non-endowed) support for the Center.

Gift for a Specific Purpose:
If you are considering a bequest for a restricted purpose, we would be happy to meet with you and/or your legal advisor to discuss your plans so we can ensure that Goodman will be able to fulfill your intentions.

I give to the Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Community Center, Inc. of Madison, Wisconsin, [the sum of $_____] or [____percentage (or all) of the residue of my estate] to provide support for ________________ (e.g., early childhood education programs, youth programs, older adults, operations, capacity building, ________, etc.) at the Center.