Leave a Legacy
You Can Make a Gift in Your Will or Estate

Give a Lasting Gift to Help Children Heal from Abuse and Trauma

Leave a Legacy Make a Mark on the World that Can Not Be Erased

Leave a Legacy – Make a Mark on the World that Can’t be Erased!

By making a gift in your will or estate to the Carousel Center you will create a legacy, helping to ensure TCC will continue to realize its mission for many years to come. You may leave a legacy in many ways, some rather uncommon — see the list to the right. The easiest and most common way is a simple bequest in your will, trust, or general estate plans.  Insurance plans are also an easy option, simply by making the Carousel Center a beneficiary.

When you make a gift in your will or estate, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that children victimized by physical or sexual abuse will always have a place to tell their story, to receive healing services, and justice, for generations to come.

Your legacy gift helps ensure that the Carousel Center will continue to provide healing, promote justice, and foster resilience in children victimized by physical or sexual abuse, and improve our community through education, prevention, and advocacy in Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender counties. Learn more about what we do. 

You can join The Carousel Center Legacy Society by making a provision for The Carousel Center’s future in your long-term giving plans.

Because Legacy Gifts are such a personal matter, we suggest the following:

  • Let us know of your intent by contacting Laurie Taylor, CFRE at 910-254-9898, or email her at laurie.taylor@carouselcenter.org to set up a time to talk about how leaving a Legacy Gift in your will or estate can make the most impact.
  • Talk to your financial adviser, attorney, or estate specialist about making a legacy gift to The Carousel Center through your estate.  There are often tax benefits to you and your family.
  • Don’t have a will? Everyone should make a will or living trust, regardless of wealth. Having a plan in place ensures that your wishes are known and saves your loved ones the stress and cost of intestate probate proceedings. With a valid will or trust, you can choose who gets your property, name guardians for your children, provide a home for your pets, and more.
    • Contact a local attorney specializing in wills, trusts, and estates.
    • Go to Free Will Write your own will

Below are Ways to Give to the Carousel Center

Wills & Trusts – A gift by will or trust is the most frequently used method to make a deferred gift to a charity.  Many supporters like you have chosen to leave 5% of their estate to the Carousel Center, creating a legacy with TCC helps ensure we will continue to realize our mission for many years come.

How to make this gift:  Insert the following language into your will:

“I give, devise, and bequeath to The Carousel Center Inc., EIN# 56-2098739, a qualified 501-c-3 charitable organization, __% of my residual estate [or a specific $ amount].” 

(Note: When including a bequest or provision in your will, always use the organization’s full legal name and provide its federal taxpayer identification number [EIN#] this ensures that the correct Organization receives your generous bequest.)

When you give, please let us know so we can thank you personally. 

What Is a Donor-Advised Fund?

A donor-advised fund (DAF) is like a bank account for your charitable giving. It’s one of the easiest ways to give and grow what you have to give.

Why Give to The Carousel Center

Your gift will help stop the cycle of abuse AND help our community hold child abusers accountable. Your investment in the Carousel Center encourages healing, promotes justice, and fosters resilience in children victimized by physical or sexual abuse, and improves our community through education, prevention, and advocacy. 

Your donation goes to work immediately here in Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender counties and you will help a young life heal and give back their childhood.

How It Works

  1. You contribute funds to your DAF.
  2. You decide how they’re invested.
  3. You grant funds to the charities of your choice.

Contributions are tax-deductible, and your investment grows tax-free.

Three Ways to Give

  1. Make an outright gift by designating a grant to The Carousel Center
  2. Designate The Carousel Center to receive all or part of your fund’s value at termination.
  3. Designate a monthly grant, if your DAF allows you.
  • Legal name: The Carousel Center
  • Tax ID: 56-2098739
  • Address: 1501 Dock St, Wilmington, NC  28401

When you give, please let us know so we can thank you personally. 

Gifts of Appreciated Stock, Bonds, Mutual Funds, or Exchange-Traded Funds (EFTs).

Thank you for choosing the Carousel Center for your gift of appreciated stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or exchange-traded funds (ETFs).  Your gift will make a huge difference in the life of a child while maximizing potential tax benefits by avoiding paying tax on capital gains.

The Carousel Center has an account.  Gifts are sold upon receipt and put to use immediately to help child survivors of abuse.

Please complete the form below to start the process.  You will receive a confirmation with the DTC# transfer information.

OR Contact Laurie Taylor, CFRE, Development Manager, Email: laurie.taylor@carouselcenter.org, Phone: 910.254.9898

People who are age 70 ½ or older can contribute up to $100,000 from their IRA directly to a charity and avoid paying income taxes on the distribution. This is known as a qualified charitable distribution. It is limited to IRAs, and there are other exclusions and considerations as well. When done properly, charitable donations of retirement assets can minimize the amount of income taxes imposed on both your individual heirs and your estate.

Using an IRA to make a charitable donation can help lower a tax bill and help put a smile on a child’s face. Distributions must be made directly to the Carousel Center, not to the owner or beneficiary. All distribution checks need to be made payable to the charity or they will be counted as taxable distributions.

Retirement accounts, such as your 401k, 403b, IRA, left to your children may incur heavy income taxes but are tax-free to charity. Designate the Carousel Center as a beneficiary of your retirement account. This is a simple, affordable way to support the Carousel Center’s mission.

How to make this gift: To make a planned gift of retirement assets, add the Carousel Center as a beneficiary of the retirement account. This can usually be done by a change of beneficiary form from the administrator of the plan. Our legal name is The Carousel Center Inc., and our tax ID number is 56-2098739.

When you give, please let us know so we can thank you personally. 

Name The Carousel Center as the owner and beneficiary of a life insurance policy. If there are ongoing payments, make them as your annual gift to the Carousel Center.  You will receive an immediate tax deduction, which is usually approximately equal to the policy’s cash surrender value, and your premium payments are also deductible.

Consult your attorney or financial advisor to determine if this is an appropriate gift for you.

When you give, please let us know so we can thank you personally. 

One of the most overlooked gift forms is real estate. A gift of land, a house, a vacation home is a perfect gift. Your future gift will impact generations of children.  Leave The Carousel Center your home, land, vacation house, in your will/estate plans, and at your death, The Carousel Center will convert your property into cash to support the goals of the organization.

Real Estate with Life Tenancy: Receive a substantial income tax deduction by giving (deeding) your home, vacation home, or farm to The Carousel Center now. You continue to live there, maintain the property as usual, and even receive any income it generates. At your death, The Carousel Center will convert your property into cash to support programs and services.

Always consult your tax advisor and/or attorney before making a gift of this magnitude.

When you give, please let us know so we can thank you personally. 

Thank you for your support of the Carousel Center. If you have questions about contributions, please contact
Laurie Taylor, Development Manager, at laurie.taylor@carouselcenter.org or by phone 910.254.9898.