Monday, August 29, 2005

The Telegraph Online-More seniors plan posthumous gifts

The Telegraph Online: "More seniors plan posthumous gifts

By MEG HECKMAN, Concord Monitor

Published: Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005

Before knocking on heaven’s door, an increasing number of New Hampshire residents are signing over their assets to schools, environmental groups or other charities.

Granite Staters have a reputation as some of the stingiest givers in the nation, but that changes when they die. Local nonprofits report that benefactors who made regular, but modest, donations while alive are leaving huge posthumous gifts to their favorite good cause. The Concord SPCA, for example, recently received a house from an animal-lover with no heirs. The Women’s Fund has been promised portions of life insurance policies, and charities of every stripe are affixing “in memory of” plaques to new building projects."

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