Planned giving

American Experiment announces Legacy Partners.

The Center was surprised to learn from the bank handling her estate that longtime supporter Ann Krebes had left a generous bequest to American Experiment in her will.

“By the time I knew about her gift, it was too late to say thank you,” said John Hinderaker, president of Center of the American Experiment.

That experience led American Experiment to create Legacy Partners, a program that will enable the Center to encourage legacy giving, but also “know about, and thank, the people who are thoughtful enough to provide for the Center in their wills,” Hinderaker said.

Many people might enjoy the benefits of legacy giving. It may reduce estate taxes. It may provide more control of their assets during their lifetimes and thus, assure that they don’t run short. In addition, it enables some people to make a larger gift than they would feel comfortable with during their lifetime. People can become Legacy Partners merely by informing the Center that they have included a bequest to the Center in their will. In return, Legacy Partners will receive invitations to all Center events. And with their permission, will be listed as a Legacy Partner in published materials throughout the year.

To help facilitate legacy giving, the Center has also created the American Experiment Foundation, a fund that will exist solely to support the Center’s programs and activities. Legacy gifts may be designated to the Foundation or directly to the Center.

“American Experiment has been serving the State of Minnesota for 27 years,” Hinderaker said. “We plan to be Minnesota’s leading voice for conservative, free enterprise, common sense solutions for many years to come. Legacy giving is one way our supporters can help to ensure our movement continues to thrive and to grow, long into the future.”