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Legacy Giving

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Your Legacy to Transform Our World

The Center for Healthy Minds $100,000 Legacy Challenge

Our work to create a kinder, wiser, more compassionate world continues – and this year, in honor of our 10-year anniversary, a generous donor is offering a $100,000 legacy gift challenge to mark the occasion.

The first 20 donors who include the Center for Healthy Minds as a beneficiary of their will, trust or other estate plan, will unlock an immediate gift of $5,000 from our challenge gift donor with their future legacy gift.

Now more than ever, your legacy gift commitment will advance the Center’s mission, expand our research, and ensure our collective work continues to have impact for years to come.

We hope you will continue your legacy of compassion for others by joining the Center for Healthy Minds $100,000 Legacy Challenge.

Legacy donors will need to complete a simple, one-page Statement of Intent by December 31, 2020 to unlock the $5,000 challenge gift. Including the Center in your estate plans and notifying us of your legacy gift in no way obligates you. You can change your beneficiaries at any time and there is no minimum legacy gift required.

If you’re interested in leaving a legacy gift, or have already included us in your estate plan and would like to let us know to be a part of the Legacy Challenge, please complete and return this form and send to:

By email: LHouston2@wisc.edu

By mail: Center for Healthy Minds 625 W. Washington Ave. Madison, WI 53703.

Join the Legacy Challenge

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.

For additional information please contact our Director of Donor Engagement, Lorri Houston, at LHouston2@wisc.edu or 608-263-3672.

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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