Giving is a Community Tradition. At Moravian Hall Square, Giving is a community tradition.

Home Giving is a Community Tradition

 

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Charitable support of Moravian Hall Square makes a positive impact on the lives of all within our community.  As part of Morningstar Senior Living, Inc.  we are grateful for the heart of giving that pulses through residents, families, volunteers and employees. This vitality of giving is evidenced in daily acts of compassion and commitment to the core purpose of enriching lives.

Your charitable gift helps us achieve our mission and core values each day as we honor the lives of those entrusted to our care.  Please feel free to advance to enjoy event photos, donor recognition, listing of appeals and ways you can be a part of this giving tradition.

For a snapshot view of Morningstar Senior Living Foundation, view our profile recently featured in Lehigh Valley Business’s Giving Guide.

 

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Current Look at Gifts of Time and Money

Shared by Mollie Santee, Executive Director of the Morningstar Senior Living Foundation

In the May edition of a trade magazine called Advancing Philanthropy,  information was shared under the heading “Generous, but Not Financially Savvy?”

Despite the financial uncertainties that many Americans face, generosity is surprisingly a top consideration.  A report from Thrivent Financial in Minneapolis found that 61 percent of Americans said they would rather be called generous than financially successful.

Other findings in the 2015 Money Mindset survey –

  • Only 27% of Americans are very confident they are making the right decisions with their money, and the same percent admit they currently live above their financial means.
  • 71%, (including 79% of Millennials) think they are more generous than the average American.
  • 59% think donating time makes a bigger impact than donating money.
  • 64% regularly volunteer for a non-profit organization, with the largest percentage at churches and/or with organizations that help those in poverty.

At Morningstar Senior Living, gifts of time and treasure are needed and celebrated.  We are grateful for the generosity of spirit for those who volunteer and enrich the quality of life for our residents.   It is also a great blessing to receive memorial gifts and charitable support for benevolent care and other program needs within our organization.

Estate Giving is not just for the wealthy!

Charitable organizations need financial assistance from people like you to continue their work. More than 80 percent of Americans contribute to the nonprofit groups of their choice throughout their lifetimes.  According to research conducted in the early 2000’s, only around eight percent of people chose to continue this support through a charitable bequest.

By making bequests and other planned gifts, you can continue to help organizations that are making an important difference in your community.

What better way to thank the people or organizations that have had an impact on your life than to contribute from your estate through a bequest?

Make sure you have a will. This is a tool for you to direct your assets to your loved ones and the causes important to you. What are the most important components to decide?

  • Choose an executor and an alternative executive or administrator. Notify the person as you update your legal documents.
  • Discuss with your financial planner or trusted advisor the best plans to transfer assets through your will. Consider tax implications, business interests and be sure to keep a current listing of all owned assets (titled property, vehicles, accounts, insurance policies, collections) and have the list accessible to the named administrator. A safety deposit box is not always easy to access.
  • There are MANY types of trusts and planned giving vehicles that allow the estate proceeds to provide income to named beneficiaries. Discuss these with your trusted advisor and include in your directives.
  • Make sure your will is up to date. Have some named beneficiaries passed away? Review documents to assure that the people and organizations named still exist and that the names are as current as possible. You might consider alerting charitable organizations that you have included them in your will so that they can suggest appropriate language and fulfill your desired direction.

You have control and choice when you thoughtfully consider your estate plans. Your legacy is the result of your life decisions.  For more information on planned giving, please contact Mollie Santee at Morningstar Senior Living.

There are many ways that donors may express their support to our community with gifts. Please explore the fund options and ways to give to learn how you might engage in direct support through making a financial gift, service or something unique. Mollie Santee, Director of Resource Development, would love to speak with you directly. Contact her at 610.746.1002 or by clicking on her email giving@moravian.com.

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