Estate Planning


What do you love about our community? What would you like to preserve for future generations? Philanthropy offers valuable estate planning advantages and allows you to create a lasting legacy for the public good.

Whatever your philanthropic dreams, Silicon Valley Community Foundation offers an array of tax-wise options to help you make a difference in your community for years to come.

With a planned gift through the community foundation, you can be sure your goals will be realized. You may want to consider a charitable trust or bequest to fulfill your wishes for the future. Other types of planned gifts will allow you to receive income during your lifetime and benefit your favorite causes after you have passed on.

The community foundation can help you prioritize your goals for social impact while achieving the most favorable income tax benefits available. We encourage you to work with your estate planning professional or tax advisor to determine the type of gift that is right for you and your family.

Your planned gift may be unrestricted, leaving it to the foundation to direct funds toward the best nonprofits and most critical needs, or you may create or add to any of our existing funds at the community foundation. Making a planned gift to Silicon Valley Community Foundation also qualifies you to join the community foundation’s Legacy Society.


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