Planned Giving

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Planned Gifts to United Way of Southeastern Connecticut


Making a will gives you peace of mind today and leaves a legacy that supports the people and causes most important to you.

With FreeWill, your legacy and the future of our community is in your hands. FreeWill is a free, intuitive way to create your full legal will, or to begin your plans before consulting a lawyer. This tool is free to you whether or not you choose to include a gift to us and only takes about twenty minutes to complete.

Getting started is easier than you think and you can make changes at any time:

  • Visit to start writing your will (or make a new one to update yours).
  • Leave a lasting legacy by choosing to leave a gift to United Way of Southeastern Connecticut by using the drop-down menu.
  • Sign your will with two witnesses and you’re all set!


More Information and Ways to Contribute


Creating your legacy is easier than ever.

One of the most powerful ways to advance New London County for the common good is to include the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut in your will.

To make this process easier than ever, we’ve partnered with FreeWill to give you the the opportunity to write your legally-valid wills online for free. In less than twenty minutes, you will have a will that is valid in all fifty states.

If you have a more complicated estate, FreeWill can be used to create a set of documented wishes to bring to a lawyer’s office and save time and money.

Already included United Way of Southeastern Connecticut in your will? Let us know by filling out this form.


Are you 70 ½ or older with a traditional IRA?

If so, you may be eligible to make a tax-free gift from your IRA called a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD). QCDs are always tax-free, regardless of whether or not you itemize deductions on your tax return.

To make your tax-free gift in just a few minutes, use our free online tool. Simply fill out the information online, print the form at the end, and follow the instructions to mail to your IRA custodian.

For your peace of mind, this tool doesn’t ask for sensitive information like account numbers or social security information.


If you have appreciated stocks, transferring them directly to United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is a powerful way to make a greater impact on our community.

It is also a way to avoid the capital gains tax, making this a savvy giving choice.

For more information about gifts of stock, please contact Julie Wachtmann, Vice President of Administration and Finance.