May 2016: Leave a Legacy Month

WHEREAS, year after year Michigan residents demonstrate their remarkable generosity with more than 80 percent of households making charitable contributions; and,

WHEREAS, according to a recent survey conducted by Michigan State University, only 43 percent of Michigan residents have a will and only 21 percent of those having a will include a bequest to charity; and,

WHEREAS, all adults, regardless of family estate or circumstances, are encouraged to have a will, the starting point of an effective estate plan; and,

WHEREAS, The Partnership for Philanthropic Planning believes that the American people make so few bequests in their wills for the simple reason they have not been asked to consider doing so; and,

WHEREAS, nonprofit organizations touch all areas of our lives — religion, education, health care, research, the arts, and social services for the poor and disadvantaged; and,

WHEREAS, charitable giving through will bequests gives us the opportunity to allow the continuation and support of those values and ideals we cherished during our lifetimes; and,

WHEREAS, many Michigan nonprofit organizations, allied professionals and community leaders have joined in the LEAVE A LEGACY® public awareness program that aims to “Make a Difference in the Lives that Follow”; and,

WHEREAS, the LEAVE A LEGACY program encourages Michigan residents to make legacy gifts through their wills and trusts so non-profit organizations can continue their work of serving and sustaining the quality of life that makes our state and its communities good places to live, work and raise families;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2016 as Leave A Legacy Month in Michigan.