WHEREAS, Michigan residents are a remarkable, generous people, as demonstrated by their high level of annual contributions to charity; and,
WHEREAS, recent surveys indicate less than half of Michigan residents have a will, and few of those having a will include a bequest to charity; and,
WHEREAS, all adults should have a will, which is the starting point of an effective estate plan, regardless of family wealth or circumstances; and,
WHEREAS, charitable giving through bequests provides each of us the opportunity to support and perpetuate for future generations those values and ideals most important to us and our families during our lifetime; and,
WHEREAS, many Michigan nonprofit organizations, allied professionals and community leaders are engaged in the LEAVE A LEGACY® public awareness effort. It aims to “Make a Difference in the Lives that Follow” by encouraging estate gifts which will continue the work of the non profit sector to serve and sustain the quality of life that makes our state and its communities good places to live, work, and raise families;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2018 as Leave a Legacy Month in Michigan.