The Legacy Circle

Providing for the Wisconsin Humanities Council through planned giving is an act of affirmation—about Wisconsin, its people, and the future of our communities.  A planned gift may make it possible to support WHC in a way that you cannot during your lifetime. Please consider making a planned gift to WHC.

Providing for the Future of the Wisconsin Humanities Council

By making a long-range, planned gift, individuals who join The Legacy Circle help the Wisconsin Humanities Council by leaving a lasting legacy for public access to the humanities. Your estate may help sustain the humanities for future generations!

Individuals who make up The Legacy Circle are recognized for their generosity in WHC’s publications, if members so choose.

Individuals may join The Legacy Circle by making one of the following gifts: *

  • A bequest to WHC in a will
  • Gifts from your retirement plan
  • Gifts of life insurance policy

*Gifts in any of these forms may be made in memory or in honor of family and friends.

We would welcome the opportunity to discuss these options further with you. 

We invite you to contact us with questions or comments about planned giving. We highly recommend you also speak to a financial adviser.




Including WHC in your will or estate plan is as simple as inserting this language in your will: “I give $__________(specific dollar amount or percent of your estate) to the Wisconsin Humanities Council,  having their principal office at 3801 Regent Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53705, for its general purposes.”


Gifts from your retirement plan

Name WHC as a beneficiary of your IRA, 401 (k), 403 (b), or other retirement plan. Simply get a change of beneficiary form from your plan provider and make the change.  There is no need for a lawyer; it is revocable and there’s no income tax due on the distribution that comes to WHC.

Gifts of life insurance policy

If you give WHC a life insurance policy, the cash surrender value of the policy or the cost of a replace policy is deductible as a charitable contribution.  If you continue to pay premiums after making your gift, the premiums are also tax-deductible.