United Way
of Massachusetts Bay
and Merrimack Valley

Planned Giving


Invest in the future of your community with planned giving through United Way.

When you include United Way in your planned giving, you are helping to ensure that families in our community achieve financial stability. You’re helping children enter school ready to learn. And you’re providing youth with the support they need to stay in school and graduate. These are the building blocks of better lives, and they form the foundation of a strong community.

Leaving a planned gift is a meaningful way to both make an expression of your values and realize significant financial, tax and estate planning benefits. The process is simple, but the impact will be felt for generations to come. We’re happy to walk you through the process and answer your questions. Thank you for your support of United Way.


A bequest provision can be included in your will when you are creating it, or you can amend your existing will through the use of a codicil. This arrangement provides you with flexibility and control should your circumstances change. You can designate an exact amount or asset or a percentage of the assets in your will. For more information about Planned Giving, please contact Janet Collins at jcollins@unitedwaymassbay.org or 617-624-8045.


To view and download the Planned Giving brochure click here.


United Way would be happy to work with you, your family, and your advisors on giving using a Donor Advised Fund.  To get started, click here to access the Donor Advised Funds online giving portal.


Honorary or memorial gifts provide a unique and lasting way to commemorate a milestone, a special occasion or to honor someone’s memory with a gift. You will see an option for honorary giving on our online donation tool. Please contact Janet Collins at jcollins@unitedwaymassbay.org or 617-624-8045.


Donating stocks and securities is easy to do and can make a huge impact on the lives of people in the community. For more information please contact Barbara Alexander at balexander@unitedwaymassbay.org.  Or click here to download the Securities Donation form.


Now that the Individual Retirement Account (IRA) charitable rollover has been made permanent, you may wish to consider making a gift of IRA assets to United Way. This provision allows American taxpayers ages 70.5 and older to donate up to and including $100,000 from their IRAs each year without having to treat the withdrawals as taxable income. For more information please contact Janet Collins at jcollins@unitedwaymassbay.org or 617-624-8045.