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Planned Giving 


Making a planned gift is a wonderful way to show your support and appreciation for the Chattanooga Autism Center and its mission while accommodating your own personal, financial, estate-planning, and philanthropic goals. With smart planning, you may actually increase the size of your estate and/or reduce the tax burden on your heirs. Just as important, you will know that you have made a meaningful contribution to those that are served by the CAC.


We recommend that you familiarize yourself with various gift options by exploring this site and consider how you these might work for you. We encourage you to consult your tax or legal professional for detailed advice.


While some of this may seem daunting or only appropriate for those with large estates and bequests, the truth is that any and every amount will be used to change the lives of those with autism in our community. Planned gifts are not the result of great wealth, but rather of a great desire to make a lasting impact.



We would be honored to partner with you to sustain that legacy for years to come.

Gift Type

Your Goal

How It Works

Your Benefits

Gifts by Will
Maintain control of your assets during life and make a gift to charity at your death
You designate the CAC as the beneficiary of your asset by will, trust, or other instrument
Estate tax charitable deduction; life use of property; sustaining of the CAC
Retirement Plans
Contribution a large portion of your net worth. 
Designate the CAC as a beneficiary on your retirement plan (seek information from the custodian of the plan)
Estate/inheritance tax reduction (or income tax reduction on distributions on retirement plans)
Life Insurance Plans
Make a gift to the CAC using an existing policy you may no longer need
Contact your insurance agent to change your beneficiary to the CAC. You may receive an income tax reduction if the beneficiary is changed (not applicable to term)
Gifts of a whole life insurance policy may qualify you for current tax savings and you have the satisfaction of knowing that your policy proceeds will benefit a worthy cause.
Real Estate
Avoid capital gains tax, simplify an estate.
You transfer real estate to the CAC or to a trust that benefits the CAC
You have the opportunity to enjoy an income tax deduction and avoid capital gains tax while supporting the CAC.

*There are many gift options available beyond the simple listing here. For more complex options (such as gift annuities, remainder trusts, lead trusts, and the like) please consult a tax professional or contact the CAC and we can connect you with resources.

Every gift counts, and if you are considering giving to the CAC we would very much like to hear from you. Contact our Director, Dave Buck, at (423) 531- 6961 opt 4 or to discuss options, learn more about how you might support our mission, or be directed to more resources.

Important information for Planned Giving:
Chattanooga Autism Center
1400 McCallie Avenue, Suite 100
Chattanooga TN, 37404

Tax ID (EIN): 45-3179418
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