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How one sapphire started an education fund.

Did you know that the League of Women Voters Education Fund was started in part with the gift of a sapphire?

At that time the tax-deductible arm of the League was known as the Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund, and the sapphire was a part of Ms. Catt's estate. The commitment of Ms. Catt has ensured that for 56 years the League of Women Voters has had a role in educating the public on important public policy issues, providing candidate information and pursuing innovative in international and domestic priorities.

There are several ways you, too, can remember the League in your estate plans:

1. You can give an outright gift of securities, life insurance or real estate.

2. You can give a gift in which you retain a lifetime financial interest. The League has giving programs for a pooled income fund or life income trusts.

3. You can give a gift that passes assets to your heirs by establishing a charitable trust that will direct income to the League for a number of years and then pass assets to your heirs later at a greatly reduced tax cost.

4. You can give a bequest through your will.

For more information about planned giving opportunities or to notify the League of your estate plans, please complete the form below and return it to the League of Women Voters Education Fund. A representative will contact you to answer your questions. You may also e-mail questions or your interests to: plannedgiving@lwv.org.

The League invites you to join the Carrie Chapman Catt Society, a special group of League supporters who have included the League in their estate plans. As a part of the Catt Society you, will receive copies of our Annual Report, invitations to regional League events, and much more.

This is our way of thanking you for including the League in your estate plans. Your generosity will inspire others to follow your example.

* Please send a copy of the League's booklet "Your Guide to Planned Giving."

* Please be advised that the League is already included in my estate plans. Please add my name to the roster of supporters in the Carrie Chapman Catt Society.

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"The League of Women Voters hones its positions on issues .by studying both sides, distilling all options and reaching consensus. To continue this process for future generations, I have ear-marked a 'significant portion of my estate' to the League. To ensure the legacy of League continues, I challenge each member at convention 2004 to verify by a straw of hands that you too have followed suit by mentioning the League in your will."

--Helen Ann Bibler, Vice President, LWV of Montana
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