Leave A Legacy


LEAVE A LEGACY® is a public awareness program sponsored by the National Committee on Planned Giving to benefit all types of charitable causes and organizations. The purpose is to inspire people like YOU to make a charitable gift. People from all walks of life can "make a difference in the lives that follow" by leaving a charitable gift.

In Northeast Indiana, LEAVE A LEGACY® is promoted by the Planned Giving Council of NE Indiana through WRITE A WILL week. This is a series of events to promote awareness about the need to have a Will and the importance of giving to charity. Through the generosity of Partner organizations and volunteer attorneys, donors can meet with a lawyer and have a simple Will prepared for FREE if a bequest to a charity is included in the Will.

During the 2011 event, there were 142 Wills created during the Leave a Legacy Write a  Will events in northeast Indiana.  In these Wills, 135 charitable bequests were made!  Of these, 80% of the gifts were to local organizations.  Twenty Partners coordinated with 30 volunteer attorneys to achieve this success.   For more information, contact one of the committee members listed below.  Or click on these pages to learn more about Leave a Legacy in our area:


Leave A Legacy Committee Members


2014 Committee Members 

Margaret Sturm




Becky Weimerskirch




Rob Patrick




Richard Cummins




Ann Hathaway




Susan Berghoff

260.424.4908 ext. 256


Melissa Shumaker









LEAVE A LEGACY® is a national effort to inspire people from all walks of life and all income levels to think beyond their lifespan when doing good works. Imagine how much good could be done if each one of us remembered a favorite charity or cause in our will or estate plan. The impact would be immeasurable!