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J. T. Edwards Legacy Society

J. T. EdwardsLifeSpire of Virginia (formerly Virginia Baptist Homes) was founded in 1949 by Dr. John Thomas Edwards, then pastor at Culpeper Baptist Church. Through the years, we have grown to four campuses across Virginia, but Dr. Edwards’ vision lives on in the benevolent mission of the VBH Foundation.

The J. T. Edwards Legacy Society was established to honor his vision by recognizing donors who have made provisions in their estate plans to leave a gift to the Foundation that will help seniors who need financial assistance to live in a LifeSpire community. Throughout the year, members receive all publications and invitations available to every donor. In addition, Society members receive an annual invitation to meet with Trustees and LifeSpire leadership in a small group setting to ask questions and discuss the state of the organization.

Each year, a list of members of the Society is published in our annual report and exhibited in our communities. Members may choose to be anonymous or to be recognized with the names or wording of their choice.

To belong to the Society, you do not have to reveal the amount of your estate gift. Once you have added the VBH Foundation to your estate plans, you can notify us in writing of your intentions and you will be added to our list of visionaries.

Contact us by email at or by mail:

Patricia S. Morris, MPA, CFRE
Vice President, VBH Foundation
3961 Stillman Parkway
Glen Allen, VA 23060

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to VBH Foundation a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to VBH Foundation, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 3961 Stillman Parkway, Glen Allen, VA 23060, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to VBH Foundation or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to VBH Foundation as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to VBH Foundation as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and VBH Foundation where you agree to make a gift to VBH Foundation and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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