The Summit Center Vista Society

The Summit Center Vista Society

The Summit Center Vista Society

Leave a legacy that helps people reach new heights.

Would you like to provide life-changing opportunities for individuals with autism, opportunities to acquire critical communications skills, build lasting friendships, and contribute to society through gainful employment? Consider a legacy gift to The Summit Center.

You do not need a vast estate to make a legacy gift. All you need is an earnest intention to make a difference by identifying The Summit Center in your will or estate plan. Participation in the Vista Society is a way of showing what you value most. It may encourage others to examine how they too can have an enduring impact on The Summit Center’s future.

If you have left a gift to The Summit Center in your will, or have made other legacy plans that benefit the children and adults we serve, let us know by completing a Vista Society enrollment form. We would like to thank you during your lifetime.

Often, charitable bequests can be made by simply adding a codicil to an existing will. Check with your attorney or estate planner to see if you can amend your existing will with a codicil.

Honoring Your Support

In deep appreciation of your devotion to The Summit Center, you are entitled to the following as a Vista Society member:

  • Behind-the-scenes tour of Summit Academy
  • Invitation to our donor appreciation event
  • Invitation to other special events
  • Recognition on our website
  • Recognition in our annual report

Types of Bequests

Specific Bequest
You can designate a specific dollar amount or percentage to The Summit Center. These funds can be used where they are needed most, or they can be restricted to a specific program.

Residuary Bequest
Your estate will make all required distributions and pay all specific bequests. The remaining amount will be gifted to The Summit Center.

Contingent Bequest
With a contingent bequest, you can allocate a gift to The Summit Center in the event that one or more of your specific bequests cannot be fulfilled. For example, you can stipulate that if a spouse or child predeceases you, Summit would become the contingent beneficiary.

Sample Language

“I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] to The Summit Center, tax ID 16-1095750, for its unrestricted use and purpose.”

Ways of Giving

  • Will or trust
  • Life insurance policy
  • Gift of stock
  • Retirement account
  • Traditional IRA
  • Real estate
  • Charitable gift annuity
  • Charitable lead trust

Questions?
Contact Kara Lee, Director of Development
716-629-3449
klee@thesummitcenter.org

Vista Society Enrollment Form

Vista Society Brochure