What’s the legacy YOU want to leave?

Your support has always been crucial to the mission of United Way of Southeast Louisiana. Because you - and others like you - have consistently shown your commitment to the growth and development of our community, you have made a world of difference. For that, we express our deepest gratitude.

As we look forward, we see how rapidly our community’s needs are changing and growing. We’re proud to call this place home and want to do all we can to strengthen and protect its future. That means a lasting commitment to its well-being is critical to preserve the impact of the work we’ve achieved together.  

August is National Make-A-Will Month, and it’s the perfect time to invite you to consider a special giving opportunity to ensure your United Way has the resources necessary to invest in your community’s future aspirations, and journey ahead.  

Have you ever thought about including United Way of Southeast Louisiana in your will? 

By making a planned gift, you will help us provide the much-needed resources, support, and care for our region, even beyond your lifetime. It’s a profound way to make a lasting difference, to leave a legacy of love and generosity that will continue to touch generations to come.

We understand that this is a significant decision that reflects your values and vision for the future. That’s why we want to assure you that your planned gift will be utilized to its fullest potential – just as we’ve always done. 

Your legacy gift will ensure that United Way can continue to respond to immediate needs and create long-term, sustainable change in Southeast Louisiana. By including us in your will, you are pledging your commitment to a better tomorrow.

Note: Many of our supporters choose tax-smart ways of giving, like donating stock, granting from donor-advised funds, or making a qualified charitable distribution. These methods often provide significant tax benefits compared to cash donations. As always, you should consult your financial advisor to make the best decision for your family.

The reward for investing in United Way goes beyond monetary or tax benefits – your legacy will continue to improve lives, close gaps, and create opportunities for everyone, everywhere.

As always, we can never thank you enough for your ongoing support. I hope you will consider this additional, long-reaching way of giving. Again, because we understand that this is a significant decision, please take time to consider and discuss it with your loved ones and financial advisor. 

If you’d like to talk to us about a planned gift, have questions, or need further information, please contact me at MelodyR@UnitedWaySELA.org. We are here to support you in choosing what best suits your circumstances and wishes.

Again, we thank you for your continued support and for considering this unique way of giving. 

United, we’re working toward a future where every person and every community can rise, today, tomorrow, and for years to come. United, we can create a legacy that lasts.

Living United,

Melody Reed
Sr. Director of Endowment and Planned Giving

P.S. As a thank you for being a supporter of United Way, our partners at FreeWill are delighted to help you create your legal will. It’s 100% free to you, and most people finish in 20 minutes or less. We also offer you the ability to create a free revocable living trust.