Will A. Courtney, Sr. Legacy Fund Donors

Legacy Fund Donors

You can join these members of our Courtney Legacy Fund today:
Anonymous (2)
Loretta C. Bolin Estate
Mildred Brown Estate
Will A. Courtney, Sr.
Leslie & James Oliver
Hazel Harvey Peace Estate
Dr. Gleniece Robinson
Karen & Tom E. Turner


Donor Stories

Hazel Harvey PeaceHazel Harvey Peace

In Fort Worth, the name Hazel Harvey Peace elicits fond memories to the countless citizens she impacted throughout her lifetime. Whether teaching at I. M. Terrell High School, or through her numerous other areas of outstanding service to the citizens of Fort Worth, she never missed an opportunity to teach and shape lives.
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Loretta C. Bolin

Loretta C. Bolin was born in Fort Worth, graduated high school from Northside high and attended Texas Christian University. She retired from Conoco Inc. after 40 years of service, working in the Houston office and later returning to Fort Worth to retire. Read More


The Library Foundation is grateful to have received an anonymous bequest that coincided with the launch of the Will A. Courtney Sr. Legacy Fund in October 2015. This gift holds a special connection to the namesake of the fund himself. Read More

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to The Fort Worth Public Library Foundation a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

I give, devise and bequeath the sum of $_____ to The Fort Worth Public Library Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation having a principal place of business at 500 W. 3rd Street, in Fort Worth, Texas (Tax identification number 75-2486106), to be used for general operating support.

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

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

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

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 FWPLF 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.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

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 FWPLF 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 FWPLF 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 FWPLF where you agree to make a gift to FWPLF 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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