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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 experience what it means to be another human being. It is an immersive and empathetic art form and essential to the fabric of healthy civic life.

Today, our organization engages 20,000 readers, supports 1,500 writers, and inspires 4,000 of Portland’s youth annually. We hope to continue this tremendous growth across our programming, increasing the accessibility of literature in our community.

“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

What is Legacy Giving?

Legacy gifts, or planned gifts, are an excellent opportunity to have a significant impact on an organization you believe in helping Literary Arts endure the fluctuations of today’s environment while protecting our ability to develop plans for tomorrow.

This type of giving comes in a variety of ways and allows you to customize your support for the future of Literary Arts in a way that aligns with your passions and principles. This type of giving can also benefit your own financial goals without costing you anything during your lifetime.

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 with your attorney when preparing your will/estate plan for the correct legal language.


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

Bequests are usually a set dollar amount or percentage of your estate, and allow you to make a real difference in the lives of others without paying anything today. The purpose of this gift can be unrestricted, towards the general operations of Literary Arts, or restricted 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


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

Rick W. Comandich

Ginnie Cooper & Rick Bauman

Joseph & Lydah DeBin

Jodi Delahunt Hubbell & Todd Hubbell

Nancy & Ronald P. Gronowski

Sara Guest

Susan Hammer*

Ursula* & Charles Le Guin

Katherine O’Neil & Toby Graff

Diane Ponti

Amy Prosenjak

Halle M. Sadle

Bob Scanlan

Joseph A. Soldati*

Dennis Steinman

Carl Wilson

Tom & Marcia Wood

* Deceased