Ways to Give

There are many options to help enrich the life of each senior we serve! Those with an asterisk (*) qualify you for membership in our Legacy Society.

The Legacy Society exists to recognize and thank those who have included a gift in their will, trust or estate plan to enrich the life of each senior we serve. Those who inform us of their plans are recognized in perpetuity on a special plaque in The Arbors Apartments living area. 

The most common way to become a member is to include a simple gift, for a percentage of your assets or a specific dollar amount, in your will or trust. Other simple and creative ways to join the Legacy Society are noted below. If you have already included a gift to St. Martin’s in your plans, please let us know so we can be sure your wishes are honored. Thank you!



A gift in memory or honor is a wonderful way to help older adults which also makes an immediate impact on a loved one. When a gift is made, a thank you is sent to the donor and notification is sent to the person honored or their family. Gifts made in memory of a resident will be recognized visibly in the honoree's community. Additional personalized and continuing recognition will be given when gifts total $1,000.


Including a gift in your will or trust to St. Martin's is one of the most common and easy ways to help. The gift costs you nothing during your lifetime and eliminates any potential worry about running out of resources to care for yourself. Your bequest can be unrestricted or for a specific purpose. You may gift a specific dollar amount, a percentage, and/or the ‘residue’ of your estate. The legal name you can use for inclusion in your will, trust or estate plans is, “Episcopal Foundation of Jefferson County.” 

“I give, devise and bequeath to Episcopal Foundation of Jefferson Co. (TAX ID #63-0386404) doing business as St. Martin's in the Pines, located at 4941 Montevallo Road, Birmingham, AL 35210, the sum of _______(dollar amount or %) to be used for its general support (or for a specific fund or program).”

Don’t feel like updating your will or trust? You can complete a simple codicil to add a gift to St. Martin's. 


Another quick and easy way to help seniors is to change the beneficiary of your Life Insurance to St. Martin's. You can list us as a partial or sole beneficiary. If you have a life insurance policy you’re still making payments on, you can donate ownership of the policy to St. Martin's. When premiums are due, you make a tax deductible charitable donation to St. Martin's and then we make the payments. At your passing, the death benefit is used to help the seniors we serve.


With an endowment gift, the money given is invested and only the earnings it produces each year are used for the purpose you specify. A minimum gift of $15,000 is required to establish a named endowment fund. The new fund will create a lasting source of income and can be an excellent way to create a lasting legacy. Please contact the us for more information: 205.314.4102.


A very easy way to make a lasting impact on the lives of seniors is to change the beneficiary of your IRA to St. Martin's. You can decide to list us as a partial or sole beneficiary.


Another very easy way to have a lasting impact on the lives of the seniors we serve is to complete a “transfer on death” (TOD) or “payable on death” (POD) form for any of your bank or investment accounts. Simply ask your banker or broker for the TOD or POD form and list St. Martin's in the Pines.


You can donate real estate or property to help enrich the lives of the seniors we serve. This can be an effective way to make a gift without going through the trouble of selling a loved one’s home. We have a policy, available upon request, that we follow to determine if the gift will be accepted. Normally the donor will pay for a qualified appraisal of the property. Real estate can be donated outright or you can gift it using what’s called a retained life estate gift. With that option, you can gift the property now and continue to live in it (paying for all of the upkeep and maintenance) until you pass away. At your passing, St. Martin's will dispose of the property and use the proceeds to benefit those we serve. 


An estate planning attorney is used to create the documents required to establish a charitable remainder trust. Appreciated assets, normally valued at $100,000 or more, are transferred to the trust. The trust can then sell and diversify the holdings without capital gains taxes. The trust pays you income for the rest of your life. At your passing, the trust document would state that the “remainder” amount would go as a gift to St. Martin's in the Pines. There are several types of charitable remainder trusts; charitable remainder annuity trusts and charitable remainder unitrusts. Your estate planning attorney can help you determine which would be best for your situation. 


A convenient way to help is a donation made from a refunded entrance fee. In most cases St. Martin's residents with life care contracts are refunded a percentage of their entrance fee upon leaving the community. An agreement can be signed in advance donating all or part of that to St. Martin's.


A significant way to support the mission of St. Martin's is through a gift of appreciated securities such as stock, bonds and mutual funds. By donating common stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and other appreciated securities, donors may also receive tax benefits that include avoiding long-term capital gains tax and obtaining deductions for their annual income tax filing. Avoid selling the stocks first and then donating them. By transferring them directly to us you avoid paying capital gains taxes which can make this more beneficial than donating cash. Please notify us of the donation so you can be properly acknowledged as direct electronic transfers do not list donor information. Please contact our Development Department at 205.314.4102, or contact us by email to begin the process.


Gifts-in-kind involve both tangible and intangible personal property. Tangible assets might include single or collective works of art, books, or other collectibles; vehicles; and equipment. Intangible assets might include patents; copyrights of cultural, artistic, and literary works; and computer software under development. Gifts-in-kind may be retained or sold (with the proceeds of the sale distributed to St. Martin's purpose as designated by the donor) or retained by St. Martin's to use in a manner benefiting its mission. If the item is sold we may provide you with the written notice of the sales price. The IRS does not allow charities to place a value on the donation of gifts-in-kind. We create a recod of the donation and provide you a written acknowledgement you can forward to your tax advisor to determine the value of the gift. 


For more information, call our Development Department at 205.314.4102, or contact us by email.