Planned Giving | Center for Victims of Torture

Planned Giving

Planned gifts are vital to the success of the Center for Victims of Torture. Planning your gift to CVT allows you to make a meaningful contribution to our work while strategically meeting your financial goals.

Immediate and deferred tax advantages as well as an increased income and effective rate of return are just a few of the ways you may benefit from a planned gift. As CVT continues to heal thousands of torture survivors throughout the world, your gift will create a legacy of support that is instrumental in sustaining and expanding our work.

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 that:

  • 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 Fawn Bernhardt-Norvell at 612-436-4888 or fnorvell [at]


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