Planned Giving



Looking to leave a lasting gift and strengthen our community?

For over 100 years, United Way of Tompkins County (UWTC) has been mobilizing the caring power of our community to make a local impact. Gifts from community members like you are fundamental in strengthening current and future efforts locally. This is why we are excited to inform you about our partnership with FreeWill, an online service that provides estate planning tools at no cost. Its mission is, "to help people do the most good for the people and causes they love". Learn more about FreeWill here.

Consider partnering with UWTC by investing in local programs that will make an impact for the next 100 years. Read more below to find out how to start your planned giving today!

Ways to Give

Investing in the future is easier than ever:

One of the most powerful ways to build a stronger Tompkins County is to include the United Way of Tompkins County in your will.

To make this process easier than ever, we've partnered with FreeWill to give all of our supporters the opportunity to write their legally valid wills online for free. In less than 20 minutes, you will have a will that is valid in all 50 states.

If you have a more intricate estate, FreeWill can be used to create a set of documented wishes to bring to a lawyer's office and save time and money.

Click here to write your will today

My Will

Making a tax-free gift from your IRA:

Are you 70½ or older with a traditional IRA? If so, you may be eligible to make a tax-free gift to United Way of Tompkins County from your IRA as a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD)! QCDs are always tax-free, regardless of whether or not you itemize deductions on your tax return. 

To make your tax-free gift in just a few minutes, use our free online tool. Simply fill out the information online, print the form at the end, and follow the instructions to mail to your IRA custodian.

For your peace of mind, this tool doesn't ask for sensitive information like account numbers or social security information.

Click here to make your tax-free gift today

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Donating stock to United Way of Tompkins County is easy and convenient.

Those who donate stock enjoy numerous benefits, including:

  • Claiming the market value of the securities as a tax-deductible contribution (as opposed to the cost basis).

  • Avoiding capital gains tax, local and state taxes on the profit from the sale of securities.

  • Lowering the cost basis of the gift. 


There are three ways to give stock, click here to find out more.