Your will is one of the most important documents you can own. It dictates how your assets and possessions will be divided after your lifetime. It ensures your loved ones are financially protected should something happen to you. It provides peace of mind for your family. 

Above all – your will is the first step in creating your legacy. 

Use Your Will to Give 
In addition to caring for loved ones, you can also use your will to extend your support of the organizations you care about most. This gift is simple to make − all it takes is one sentence. You can also update your will as life changes to ensure it continues to meet your needs. 

Plus, a gift in your will won’t require you to part with assets today, but it allows you to make a big impact on our strategic focus of fostering an equitable, engaged, and empowered community in the future. 

To make this gift:
1.    Contact United Way of Central Iowa’s ELI Director, Chase Young, to request sample language to use to make your gift. 
2.    Make an appointment with your estate planning attorney to create your will. If you already have a will, your attorney can draft a codicil to add your gift to the existing document.
3.    Notify us of your intention. It would be our honor to thank you by recognizing your generosity and welcome you into our Legacy Circle. Your generosity may even inspire others to follow in your footsteps. (Wishes of anonymity will be honored, of course.) 

Create Your Legacy
When you include United Way of Central Iowa in your will, you create a legacy of giving and ensure we can continue our work well into the future. Contact Chase Young, United Way of Central Iowa ELI Director, at 515-246-6504 or

Topics: Planned Giving, Legacy Giving

Paige Weinschenk

Written by Paige Weinschenk

Paige Weinschenk is the Content & Media Manager at United Way of Central Iowa.