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Planned Giving

Your Legacy—TESOL's Future

What Is Planned Giving?

Planned Gifts are a unique way to provide special gifts that support TESOL programs and initiatives. A planned gift is a charitable donation made in conjunction with the the donor's financial, tax, and estate planning. The gift may be immediate or deferred, and are often made via a legacy in a will, donation from life insurance, or a contribution from the donor's estate.

Because the donation may be deferred (e.g., coming from your estate), Planned Giving often allows donors to make a larger contribution than would otherwise be possible. Planned Gifts also provide U.S. tax benefits, such as income tax deductions and reductions in capital gains taxes.

How Will My Gift Be Used?

You can designate that your gift be used to sustain a specific program area or that it be used wherever TESOL's needs are greatest.

Unrestricted Gifts: provided without any specifications as to how the funds are to be used. The funds will be used for programs and initiatives that support TESOL's mission.

Restricted Gifts: provided for a specific program or initiative, such as research, educational or professional development programs, international projects, etc. For example, TESOL member Charles Seifert donated money to TESOL through his estate, stipulating that "the interest earned from the principal amount to be used to assist programs, projects, teachers, and students in the teaching of English as a foreign language outside the United States."

How to Make Your Gift

Express your commitment to the future of English language teaching by making TESOL part of your legacy. TESOL's Planned Giving Program can accept gifts in your lifetime or from your estate in the form of money, securities, real estate, life insurance, or any other type of asset. Consult with an attorney or an estate financial advisor before deciding an appropriate approach for you in Planned Giving. TESOL reserves the right to accept or reject a gift. To ensure acceptance, TESOL is available to work with you and your attorney or advisor when you are contemplating creating a gift. When you are ready, contact:

Rita Buckner, Executive Assistant
Tel: 703-518-2507

TESOL International Association Benefactors

Sumako Kimizuka

Sumako Kimizuka, a founding member of TESOL (1966), left a thoughtful gift of over US $5,000 to TESOL.

Sumako Kimizuka (affectionately called Dr. Kimi) was Emeritus Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA. In addition, Professor Kimizuka was cofounder of the American Association of Japanese University Women (AAJUW), and author of "Teaching English to Japanese" (1977).

Professor Kimizuka came to the United States from Japan in the early 1950s on a Fulbright Scholarship, completing her Doctorate of Education in 1962 at the University of California in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Professor Kimizuka died on January 7, 2006.

TESOL accepts with appreciation the thoughtful gift of Professor Sumako Kimizuka.

The Charles W. Seifert Fund

In 1999, TESOL was bequeathed a monetary gift in the amount of $114, 000 from the estate of Charles W. Seifert. At his request, a permanent endowment was established to assist programs, projects, teachers and students in teaching of English as a foreign language.

Charles W. Seifert, a TESOL member, served as a regional English teaching officer for the United States Information Agency (USIA) in the early 1990s. In that capacity, Chuck Seifert was assigned responsibilities in Lome, Togo and in Washington, DC. He died on November 18, 1995.

TESOL appreciates the generous gift of Charles W. Seifert.