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Literary Arts’ Legacy Society

Make a legacy or planned gift through your will and ensure that the great work you care about continues for the benefit of future generations. 

Literature asks a reader to learn what it means to be another human being. It is essential to a healthy civic life.

Now, Literary Arts engages 20,000 readers, supports 1,500 writers, and inspires 4,000 of Portland’s youth annually. We want to continue this tremendous growth in all programs to increase the access to literature in our community.

What is Legacy Giving?

Legacy gifts, or planned gifts, are an excellent way to make an impact on an organization in which you believe in so that the great work that you care about can continue.

This type of giving comes in a variety of ways and allows you to customize your support for the future of Literary Arts according to your passions and principles, without costing you anything during your lifetime.

“I enjoy Literary Arts as a reader, Delve seminar participant, Portland Arts & Lectures subscriber, and board member. When I did my estate planning, I included a bequest to the organization to show my appreciation for their important work. I am happy to give a gift both now and in the future, and I am proud that Literary Arts will be a mainstay in the community for years to come.”

–Amy Prosenjak

The following are samples of ways you might include Literary Arts in your planned giving. These are intended only as examples, and you should consult your attorney as you make your will or estate plan.


A Bequest is a gift made from your will. It is one of the simplest and most common forms of legacy giving.

Bequests can be a set dollar amount or a percentage of your estate. You can this gift without paying anything now. The purpose of this gift can be unrestricted to Literary Arts, or directed to a specific program close to your heart.

Common ways to make a bequest:

  • Beneficiary of Life Insurance
  • Retirement Plans: 401(k) or 403(b) accounts
  • Personal bank accounts

Advantages of making a bequest:

  • Retain control over your assets and determine how they are distributed
  • Federal and State Estate Tax deductions
  • Supporting the meaningful work of Literary Arts
  • Advancing personal financial goals—bequests cost nothing in your lifetime

Sample Language

“I hereby give, devise, and bequeath _________ (a specific dollar amount or percentage of the residue of my estate) to Literary Arts, a nonprofit corporation of the State of Oregon, to be used to further the purposes of Literary Arts in the area of greatest need.”

Literary Arts Tax Information

Name: Literary Arts, Inc.

Address: 925 SW Washington Street, Portland, Oregon 97205

Federal Tax ID#: 93-0909494

Status: 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization


For more information about joining Literary Arts’ Legacy Society or to schedule a confidential consultation, please contact Lydah DeBin, Director of Development, at lydah@literary-arts.org or 503-227-2583 ext. 106.

THANK YOU to the members of Literary Arts’ Legacy Society who have made a phenomenal statement of support by naming Literary Arts in their estate plans to secure literature as a cornerstone of our future.

Carole Alexander

Jan Baross

C. B. Bernard

Betty Bradshaw*

Rick W. Comandich

Ginnie Cooper & Rick Bauman

Joseph & Lydah DeBin

Jodi Delahunt Hubbell & Todd Hubbell

Gale Family Trust

Barbara Engel*

Nancy & Ronald P. Gronowski

Sara Guest

Susan Hammer*

Dorothy D. Hirsch*

Ursula* & Charles Le Guin

Katherine O’Neil & Toby Graff

Diane Ponti

Amy Prosenjak

Halle M. Sadle

Bob Scanlan

Joseph A. Soldati*

Ann Stinson

Dennis Steinman

Carl Wilson

Tom & Marcia Wood

* Deceased

Already made a gift to Literary Arts? Let us know!

If you have already named Literary Arts as a beneficiary in your will or estate plans, please let us know. We would like to thank you and publicly recognize your support. By informing us of your planned gift, we can ensure that we fulfill your gift as you intended. Please complete the form below or contact Lydah DeBin at 503-989-7110.
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