Planned Giving

Leave a Lasting Gift

When you give to the YMCA, your gift will have a meaningful, enduring impact right in your own neighborhood. In a world that changes so rapidly, the YMCA has been at the heart of communities for generations. The YMCA is a reliable, professionally managed organization guided by four core values: caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. Led by local volunteers, the YMCA is in touch with our community’s changing needs. A healthy YMCA capable of making a significant impact in the community is a gift we have received from prior generations. It is a gift we should pass along, in a stronger position, to future generations. Many friends of the YMCA choose to help extend their values and the YMCA’s influence beyond their own lifetimes by gifting some of the assets they have accumulated to the YMCA’s endowment fund.

To leave a lasting gift please contact Troy Stickels at 402-463-3139 or email 

Case for Giving

Heritage Club

The Heritage Club is an association of friends of the Hastings Family YMCA. Like you, these people seek to ensure that the future needs of our community are met by including the Hastings Family YMCA in their estate plans. This planning might include a will, charitable gift annuity, a trust arrangement, a real estate gift, a life insurance policy or an outright cash gift of a personally meaningful amount to the Endowment Fund, typically $2,500 or more.

What is an Endowment Fund?

An endowment fund is a permanent, self-sustaining source of funding. Endowment assets are invested to produce current income and growth. Each year, all or a portion of the fund’s earnings are paid out to support the fund’s purpose, and any earnings in excess of this distribution. In this way, an endowment fund can grow and provide support for its designated purpose in perpetuity.

Hastings Family YMCA Endowment Fund

The Hastings Family YMCA endowment fund provides a stable foundation upon which the YMCA continues to build its future. Gifts to the fund are invested, allowing the Y to use the earned interest to support critical programs. Gifts can be made to the fund at any time. Donors may specify how they would like their gifts to be used. The fund is managed by the Hastings Community Foundation.

Ways to Leave a Planned Gift

A simple, flexible and versatile way to ensure we can continue our work for years to come is a gift in your will or living trust, known as a charitable bequest. By including a bequest to the Y in your will or living trust, your gift also entitles your estate to an unlimited federal estate tax charitable deduction.


Just name the Y as a beneficiary to receive assets such as retirement plans and life insurance policies after you’re gone. Not only is it an easy way to give, but it’s also flexible—you aren’t locked into the choices you make today. You can review and adjust beneficiary designations anytime you want.


A charitable gift annuity allows you to support the Y’s work while receiving fixed payments for life. Not only does this gift provide you with regular payments and allow us to further our work, but when you create a charitable gift annuity with the Y you can receive a variety of tax benefits, including a federal income tax charitable deduction.


If you have built up a sizeable estate and are looking for ways to receive reliable payments, set up a charitable remainder trust. Benefits include a partial charitable income tax deduction, potential for increased income and up-front capital gains tax avoidance.


Benefit from the tax savings that result from supporting the Y without giving up any assets that you’d like your family to receive someday. A charitable lead annuity trust pays a fixed amount each year to the Y and is more attractive when interest rates are low. A charitable lead unitrust pays a variable amount each year based on the value of the assets in the trust.


When you give the Y appreciated property you have held longer than one year, you get a federal income tax charitable deduction, you avoid paying capital gains tax, and you no longer have to deal with that property’s maintenance costs, property taxes or insurance. You also don’t have to hassle with selling the real estate!


Establishing a memorial or tribute gift is a meaningful way to honor your loved one or celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday while supporting the work of the Y’s mission. Your memorial or tribute gift will be a lasting tribute to your loved one and make a difference in the lives of those we serve.


When you make a donation to our endowment, you give a gift with both immediate and long-term benefits. Here’s how it works: Endowment donations are invested. A portion of the annual income from the investment is used to address immediate needs at the YMCA. The remaining funds are reinvested to ensure indefinite support.


A donor advised fund, which is like a charitable savings account, allows you to transfer cash or other assets to a tax-exempt sponsoring organization such as a public foundation. You can then recommend—but not direct—how much and how often money is granted to the Y or other charities. You’ll receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction at the time you contribute to the account, and the power to make recommendations on which charities to support.