Legacy Giving

 Giving Back, Giving Forward

Legacy Giving


A Legacy Gift to Beacon will:

  • Sustain Our Shared Values
  • Pay Forward What Others Have Given Us
  • Strengthen Our Mission in the Community and the World
  • Assure a Vibrant Future for Unitarian Universalism
  • Lower Taxes on Your Estate

A gift to Beacon is both a spiritual and social investment. By virtue of your Legacy Gift, you allow our congregation to perpetuate its mission “to be a radically inclusive religious community that feeds the human spirit and heals the world.”


Photo Credit: Jean Crichton

Legacy Giving in Brief 

How Do I Make a Legacy Gift?

  • In making a Legacy Gift, you typically make a gift from your assets—savings and investments– not necessarily income, allowing you to make larger gifts that often include significant tax benefits to your estate and heirs.
  • A Legacy Gift can be made through a will and a variety of planned giving vehicles.

What is Planned Giving?

  • Planned giving is simply planning on how one’s assets will be distributed at the time of death. Without taking an active role in determining how your assets will be distributed, state law will make the determination.
  • Planned giving is anticipated during the lifetime of the donor and results in a charitable contribution upon the donor’s death.

Is Planned Giving for Me?

Planned giving is not just beneficial for the wealthy. Planned giving is for anyone interested in:

  • how their assets are distributed,
  • conscientious and intentional use of personal resources,
  • lowering taxes paid to the government.


GraziosoHow Will My Legacy Gift Be Used?

When a Legacy Gift is realized, typically upon the death of the donor, funds are allocated to the Beacon Endowment Fund. The Endowment Fund is invested in a variety of asset classes and managed to achieve returns in excess of inflation and target a 5% return consistent with prudent risk.

Income earned from the Endowment Fund is used primarily to help fund a portion of the congregation’s annual budget. According to Beacon’s Distribution Policy, 5% of the average of the total value of the Endowment Fund for the prior three years as of December 31 will be available for distribution to the operating budget for the successive fiscal year.

See The Endowment and Planned Giving Committee Investment and Distribution Policy.

By increasing the Endowment Fund through the addition of Legacy Gifts, Beacon can enhance its ministerial programming, develop social justice initiatives, expand its religious education programming for children, youth, and adults, and fund other opportunities that align with our mission.

For more information on making a Legacy Gift to Beacon,  contact our Stewardship Director at Stewardship@ucsummit.org. 

Beacon, Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Summit

4 Waldron Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901

908-273-3245  UCSummit.org

Tax ID: 22-1508563

Prospective donors should consult their own financial adviser, accountant, or attorney to plan the legacy gift that maximizes benefits to them and Beacon.

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