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Legacy Giving

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Your Life, Your Legacy

A legacy gift may be the single, most significant gift we choose to leave – a way to “pay it forward” to continue our lifelong commitment to creating a kinder, wiser, more compassionate world for all long into the future.

As part of the University of Wisconsin–Madison community, Center supporters have access to the planned giving resources and expertise of the University of Wisconsin Foundation. From Planned Giving 101 to gift tax and legal information, their Office of Gift Planning is there to answer any questions you might have along the way.

Please feel free to contact our Director of Donor Engagement, Lorri Houston, at or 608-267-3672 for more information or assistance with your legacy gift to the Center.

Is the Center for Healthy Minds already included in your estate plan? If so, please accept our deepest gratitude. If you care to share, we would be grateful to know so we can ensure your legacy – and its impact on our work – continues for years to come.

Meet Joan

Legacy Giver
Joan Polasky

“The investigation of the science of emotions, contemplative practices and qualities of mind is key to building more kind, wise and compassionate communities. My choice to include the Center for Healthy Minds in my estate planning was easy – as I consider it the best global hub to improve lives. As someone who has worked as a suicide counselor for more than 35 years, I’m making this choice based on my experience as well as trust and gratitude. Richie Davidson and his entire team are simply the best.”  

- Joan Polasky

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