Planned Giving | Center for Victims of Torture

Planned Giving

As CVT supports thousands of torture survivors on their healing journey each year, a gift to CVT in your estate plan will create a legacy of support that is instrumental in sustaining and expanding our work.

Ready to get started? We’ve partnered with FreeWill to make planned giving as simple as possible. Click here to write a legal will at no personal cost, and easily include CVT in your plans to support our mission for future generations. This tool is legally valid, takes 20 minutes or less to complete, and is cost-free to use.

You may think that you're not a candidate to make a planned gift, but please consider:

  • You don't have to be wealthy to make a meaningful gift.
  • You can leave money to your heirs and to organizations that reflect your values.
  • Careful planning now saves your loved ones from complex probate procedures and costly taxes.
  • Making an estate plan doesn't have to be complicated or expensive, and everybody should have a will.

And, did you know there are other planned gift options besides leaving a cash gift in an estate:

  • You don't have to use cash to make your gift - donate appreciated securities instead. The deduction is the same as for a cash gift, and you pay no capital gains tax on the transfer.
  • Give an asset that may help us more than it's helping you - such as a life insurance policy whose coverage your family no longer needs, or real estate like a second home.
  • You can make a gift that costs you nothing during your lifetime - name the Center for Victims of Torture as a beneficiary of your will or of your retirement plan.
  • You can earn income - through a charitable gift annuity, you can receive a tax deduction now and also regular income payments for the rest of your life.

Planned giving donors are welcomed as a member of our Douglas A. Johnson Circle.

For more information on making a planned gift to the Center for Victims of Torture, please contact Laura Kuhlmann at 651-209-3198 or lkuhlmann [at]


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