Transforming Lives • Strengthening Community

It is possible for you to extend your support of Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan beyond your lifetime by making a planned gift. Whether you would like to put your donation to work today or benefit us after your lifetime, you can find a charitable plan that lets you provide for your family and also support Assistance League. There are many gift arrangements to choose from.

An endowment gift to Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan today provides a brighter picture for our future. When you make a donation to our endowment, you give a gift with both immediate and long-term benefits. How is this accomplished?

A portion of the annual income from the investment is used to address the immediate needs of the Chapter. The remaining funds are reinvested to ensure indefinite support.

We’ve created this section of our website to help you dream – about our future…and yours. We think you will find the provided information useful and easy to understand. It is something you can use and share with your family and friends. You can create a lasting legacy with a gift through your own thoughtful planning.


Planned Giving Trifold (General Information)

Planned Giving Guide

Planned Giving Pledge Form

Florence Johnson Leaves Her Legacy

Florence JohnsonIn 1992, Florence Johnson was one of the original 39 community-minded women to form a Steering Committee to introduce National Assistance League to southeastern Michigan. Her sense of commitment to the community and the welfare of those in need weighed heavily on her mind, and she jumped at the chance to help start Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan. Throughout her 24 years as a member, Florence was a longtime promoter and generous personal contributor to the Chapter’s mission.

Florence was passionate about Assistance League and was committed to leaving a lasting legacy to the chapter. Her bequest of $100,000 was used to start an Endowment Fund to forever continuing her commitment to both Assistance League and to the future welfare of the community she cared so dearly about. We are honored to have Florence Johnson as the first Charter Member of our Legacy Society.

A Legacy of Giving

Celebrating 25 years of Service to Southeastern Michigan

Reasons for Joining Our Legacy Society

Periodically, we are pleased to acknowledge and highlight some of our Legacy Society members.  These people have decided to include Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan in their estate plans, or have donated to the Endowment Plan. The stories you will read encompass a wide range of reasons and passion for contributing to the long-term support of this great nonprofit organization.

Charter Legacy Society Member

Sue Burback was an English teacher at Ferndale High School for 33 years where she also coached varsity boys and girls tennis teams.  In 1992, she was named  Oakland County high school teacher of the year by WDIV TV. She retired in 2002.

It didn’t take long for Sue to begin working children in another way.  In 2004 she joined Assistance League of Southeast Michigan at the recommendation of a friend. Sue claims she ”quickly became committed to this hands-on organization that focused on the needs within our community.”  15 years later, Sue is still a very active member and contributor.

For three years, Sue was an Operation School Bell chair-person, and she continues to be a liaison between schools and the organization. She was a  Mistletoe Marketplace chair in 2009 and 2018, and also served on the Board in 2006 -07.  Sue has been a tutor in the “One to One” Tutoring program, and has served as a liaison for “Links to Creative Teaching.”  She currently serves on the Endowment and Planned Giving Committee.

Because of her work and experience as a member, Sue says  “it was an easy decision to include a financial donation to Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan in my Trust. Having turned 70, I am subjected to take a required minimum distribution (RMD) from my IRA.  Since some of the IRA would eventually be going to Assistance League through my Trust, I realized I could take a portion of my RMD and make a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) directly to Assistance League.  The benefit is that the QCD is not taxed; my income does not move into a higher tax bracket, and my payments for Medicare do not increase.  But, most importantly, Assistance League benefits immediately.”       

Susan Burback

Sue often relates what her father used to say to her:

“He who gives while he lives, also knows where it goes.”

Susan’s generous legacy of giving will continue thru the endowment of Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan.  We thank her for the lasting support she is leaving to all of our programs!