If your goal is to honor someone special with a tribute gift that costs you nothing during your lifetime, create a bequest through your will or trust by including a gift of cash, property, or a share of your estate. A bequest allows you to make a significant gift that does not affect your cash flow and can be changed at any time. 


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    “We value education, and particularly value the community-focused mission of GSA. We have seen over the years all the good that GSA has done in giving the children on this peninsula a solid foundation to be successful. We appreciate the unique opportunity a town academy has over a public school—the flexibility and creativity to offer and adapt programming that fits students’ needs, and the ability of faculty and staff to shape the best educational opportunities from the school’s existing resources. Adding an international boarding program has been especially meaningful to us, allowing us to welcome international home-stay students into our family’s lives.


    “We have always made gifts to the GSA Fund which go directly into the annual operating budget, and the GSA Fund continues to be our preferred way of giving to the school. But we wanted to make as well a more permanent gift that will go to the school’s endowment, ensuring a strong future for GSA. Membership in the George Stevens Legacy Society will do exactly that.


    “Our will earmarks a gift to GSA from our estate before the remainder is distributed to Maddie and Alex. The process was straightfor- ward, and our attorney made it easy for us to incorporate this provision into our will. We’re very pleased with our decision, and with the guidance we got from Rada as we worked to this end.”


    To learn more about making a planned giving bequest and to become a George Stevens Society member, please contact Rada Starkey, Director of Advancement 207-374-2800 or email her at r.starkey@georgestevens.org.