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In a year of distressing headlines, this one warms the heart

Couple extends a lifetime of work by creating a legacy with AFSC

Judith and Dan Coquillette

Judith and Dan Coquillette favor a hands-on approach to social justice. Photo by Jordi Cabre

Dan and Judith Coquillette found a spiritual home with Quakers early in their lives. Initially, they were drawn to the belief in the worth of each person and the religion's focus on addressing social injustices through concrete actions. Joining their local Quaker meeting in England felt like a natural progression, and when they returned to the United States after college, they connected with Quakers once again.

They were first introduced to AFSC through their local meeting in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where they supported AFSC's Material Assistance Program, which provided clothing and household items to people in need. As Dan and Judith learned about AFSC's work in places like North Korea and at the U.S.-Mexico border, they were especially drawn to the emphasis on partnerships with local communities. AFSC's Love Knows No Borders nonviolent direct action to call attention to the need for more humane immigration policy at the border in San Diego has once again affirmed their belief in AFSC's work. Judith says, "The way AFSC seeks out relationships with their partners is truly unique."

Their path

Through both of their careers, Dan and Judith became aware of the many injustices that touched their students. Dan noticed the social and financial challenges at the universities where he taught. As Judith worked with international students, she often struggled with how U.S. policies and tactics affected their home countries. Again, they found in AFSC a different approach to addressing injustices in the world.

When it came to drawing up their will, Dan and Judith included a bequest to AFSC, knowing they wanted to make their mark on the world while investing in their grandchildren's generation. "Everything AFSC does is about building a more peaceful and just world," says Dan. "And why not support that?"

To learn about how you can create a legacy of peace through your estate plan, please contact Alyssa Chatten at 888-588-2372 or GiftPlanning@afsc.org.

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the American Friends Service Committee a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

Bequest Language

I devise and bequeath to the American Friends Service Committee, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (tax ID #23-1352010) (Insert amount of gift or insert the word "all" or the percentage of the estate) to be used for its general purposes.

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to AFSC or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate, or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property, or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to AFSC as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to AFSC as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and AFSC where you agree to make a gift to AFSC and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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