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Leave a Legacy

The gift that everyone will remember

We all desire significance — to lead happy and fulfilled lives surrounded by family and friends. And for many of us, we desire meaning — to make a difference in the world, and to ensure that the people of Santa Cruz County remain healthy and vibrant for years to come.

No organization in Santa Cruz County reaches as many people in such diverse ways as Community Bridges. Leaving a gift in your will, trust or retirement account is a powerful way for you to ensure that your values and the causes you believe in will continue. The right planned gift can provide you and your loved ones with tax and income benefits, while leaving a lasting impact on the people and programs that mean the most to you.

A few sentences can make a HUGE impact

To include Community Bridges in your will or trust, just include the following language:

“I give, devise and bequeath to Community Bridges, Inc., tax ID# 94-2460211, located at 236 Santa Cruz Ave., Aptos, CA 95003, (the sum of $_______; or state a percentage of your residuary estate; or designate real and personal property, including exact location) for the benefit of its general purposes (or specify the Community Bridges program(s) you wish to support).”

This is merely a suggested wording; please consult your attorney or an estate planning professional when preparing legal documents.

Questions? We’re here to help. Please contact Virginia Wright, Development Director, at virginiaw@cbridges.org or 831-688-8840 x285.

Legacy Giving – Common Options

If you think of giving from your assets, rather than your income, you may find you can do more for the people of Santa Cruz County, while still providing for yourself and your family. You can decide to leave your gift for general purposes, or for a specific program. You can direct your planned gift to the general fund, or to our endowment.

Your gift How to make your gift Your benefits
Cash contribution Mail or check payable to Community Bridges or give online here. Receive an immediate tax deduction for your gift

See the benefits of your gift in action

Stock or other asset You can transfer assets directly. To learn how click here. Reduce taxes on highly appreciated assets
Will or Trust Name Community Bridges in your will or living trust with the help of your attorney or estate planning professional Maintain control of your assets during your lifetime

Heirs receive an exemption from future federal estate tax

Retirement Benefits Name Community Bridges as the beneficiary of your policy, using your plan’s beneficiary form Receive an exemption from your most highly taxed assets, leaving more for your loved ones

Reduce your heir’s income and estate taxes

Contribution to the Community Bridges Endowment Specify in your will or trust that you would like your gift to be placed in the Community Bridges endowment, or make an immediate gift to the endowment Provide a tax-deductible gift that continues to give for generations

Join the Community Bridges Founding 100

Community Bridges is creating sustainable solutions to support our mission. We know that relying on government contracts to support our programs simply isn’t enough. We have started an endowment to ensure that the safety net we have created will continue to grow for generations to come.

You have a special opportunity to be part of the “Community Bridges Founding 100.” This group will consist of 100 members that donate $1,000 or more to the Community Bridges endowment, helping us create lasting solutions to issues of poverty, health, and education in our community.

100% of profit from our endowment will be used to support the operations of our programs, strengthening this community we hold so dear.

Thank you to our first Founding 100 members:

Raymon & Trisha Cancino
Paul & Teresa Carrubba
Leland & Susan Faust
Barbara and Allen Frank
The Solari Mazry Family Fund at Community Foundation Santa Cruz County
Susan Marinshaw
O’Connell Family
Paul & Baylee Whitted


Which program are you contributing to?
  •   Child Development Division (payment)
    • Fairgrounds CDC
    • Highlands Park CDC
    • Nuevo Dia CDC
    • Redwood Mountain CDC
    • Sycamore Street CDC
    • Vista Verde CDC
  •   Lift Line (Taxi Scrip)
  •   Meals on Wheels (meals contribution)
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