About the Society
If you are worried that the benefits you have enjoyed from your membership in the Chapter may not be available for your children and grandchildren, consider providing a legacy through membership in the Rockford Chapter A.G.O. Endowment Fund’s Saint Cecilia Society. Membership in the Society is awarded to all who have included the Rockford Chapter in their estate plan through a bequest or other gift.
This PLEDGE FORM indicates that you are either interested in joining the Society, or that you have made specific provisions in your estate plan already for the benefit of Rockford Chapter, AGO. Some information on how to make a gift of this kind follows:
A bequest is a transfer of cash, securities, or other property through a will or a living trust. A bequest to The Rockford Chapter, AGO Endowment Fund can be made for a specific amount, for a percentage of your estate, or even for all or a portion of what is left after you have made specific bequests to your family and others. Similarly, you may name the Rockford Chapter as a beneficiary of a retirement account, insurance policy, or commercial annuity.
To make a gift from your estate, you must sign a new will or living trust instrument, add a codicil to your present will, or make an amendment to your present trust instrument. The following is a standard language for making a bequest: "I give, devise, and bequeath to the Rockford Chapter, American Guild of Organists Endowment Fund Board of Directors, . . . [insert description of the gift as a dollar amount, percentage of the estate, a detailed or legal description of the property, or the residue of the total estate], . . . for such use as deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors of the Endowment Fund. . . [or insert a description of the purpose of the gift]."
None of this should be considered to have rendered legal advice and if you are considering making a gift to the Rockford Chapter through your estate plan, you should contact and receive advise from a licensed attorney.