Scott and Linda Wolpert

Scott and Linda Wolpert

For more than a decade, Scott and Linda Wolpert have been dedicated supporters of Feeding America and our mission to end hunger in the United States. Married in 1985 and parents to four children, the couple was aware that people across the country faced hunger—from stories in the media and what they’d each learned from their parents growing up. The latest report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, released in September 2021, found that over 38 million people, including 11 million children, experienced food insecurity in 2020. Concerned with how widespread food insecurity is, the Wolperts support Feeding America, because it can immediately help people in need. “Food is a basic need for all people and isn’t complicated by politics,” Linda said.

The couple chose to name Feeding America as a beneficiary in their will and become members of the van Hengel Society* to support our vision of an America where no one is hungry. Their decision to support Feeding America was based on several reasons, including our effective use of resources to serve tens of millions of neighbors every year—98.5% of contributions received by Feeding America go directly into programs that serve people facing hunger. The couple also values the reach of the Feeding America network, which includes 200 member food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, which reaches neighbors in need in every community across the country.

The Wolperts also are inspired to support Feeding America, as they said they recognize the “compelling opportunity to help” given Feeding America’s partnerships with corporations, our educational programs and overall comprehensive approach to providing nourishing meals to neighbors in need.

At least 60 million people are estimated to have turned to food banks, food pantries and other private food assistance programs in 2020—a 50% increase from 2019. The Wolperts recognize that the hunger crisis will not end without all of us doing what we can to help yield solutions and change.

“Legacy gifts are a long-term way to contribute to positive change, long-term impact for good,” Scott said. “Our parents taught us to have consideration for fellow community members in need. We are very fortunate to be able to make contributions to support Feeding America.”

*The van Hengel Society is named for John van Hengel, the founder of the modern food bank movement, and honors individuals who make legacy gifts, including bequests and charitable gift annuities, in support of Feeding America.

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"I give to Feeding America, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 161 N. Clark Street, Suite 700, Chicago, IL 60601, or its successor thereto, ______________ [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

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cannot be changed or cancelled

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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

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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 Feeding America 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.

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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 Feeding America 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 Feeding America 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 Feeding America where you agree to make a gift to Feeding America 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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