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Ways to Give


North Shore Senior Center offers a variety of ways through which charitable donations may be made.


To learn more about any of the ways to give, please email Jon Labaschin, Director of Development, or call 847.784.6020.


Cash Gifts

Cash donations are acceptable in any form (i.e., cash, check, or debit, or credit card) and in any amount. Checks should be made out to North Shore Senior Center and then sent to:


     North Shore Senior Center

     Development Department
     161 Northfield Road
     Northfield, IL 60093


Naming Opportunities

You can have a defining impact at NSSC for years to come while building a philanthropic legacy and brand exposure with our longstanding reputation. Ask about our unique opportunities to have your name featured at NSSC for years to come.


See how the Slotnick family left a legacy through our living plant wall!


Planned Giving

Planned giving is a contribution that is arranged in the present and allocated at a future date, commonly through a will or trust once the donor has passed away. North Shore Senior Center is dependent upon the thoughtful generosity of its members and friends whose forward-looking philanthropic contributions will ensure the continued success of the organization. These gifts enable us to honor the past, support the present, and provide for the future. 


Tribute Gifts 

These gifts are a meaningful way to support North Shore Senior Center's services and programs while honoring or memorializing special people in your life. They can be processed via our Donate Now option or mailed in using our downloadable Tribute Gift Donation Form. Notification of these gifts take approximately two weeks to process and send.


Recurring Gifts 

This is an ongoing financial commitment with a start but no specific end date. Donors can generate recurring gifts online by completing the form provided by PayPal, the organization’s online merchant service provider.


Matched Gifts

Matched gifts are donations from corporations or businesses that match charitable gifts from employees (or retirees) at a specific ratio set by the employer, the most common being 1:1. All matching gifts require that the employee (or retiree) completes a matching gift form that is then provided to North Shore Senior Center to confirm the individual’s gift and returned by the Center to the employer.


Publicly Traded Securities (Stock)

These may be donated to North Shore Senior Center. Brokers can provide donors with stock transfer instructions to initiate this type of donation.


In-Kind (Non-Cash) Gifts

In-kind gifts of tangible personal property such as works of art, antiques, collectibles, personal property, and equipment also may be made.


A Bequest 

A bequest or codicil in your will or trust is an easy way to make a deferred gift to North Shore Senior Center.


Life Insurance

Life insurace for which all the premiums have been paid is an ideal way to make a charitable contribution as long as the life insurance policy names North Shore Senior Center as the owner and the beneficiary.


Real Estate

This can be given as appreciated property if held for longer than one year. The donor gets a federal income tax charitable deduction and avoids paying capital gains tax.


Retirement Plan Assets

Assets from an employee retirement plan, IRA, or tax-sheltered annuity can be left to North Shore Senior Center, leaving your loved ones with less heavily taxed assets.



This is a tax-free way to give to North Shore Senior Center. Donors 70 years old or older can give up to $100,000 from their IRAs without having to pay income taxes on the money.


Communicate with your IRA's custodian (where your IRA is held) that you are interested in making a QCD(s). A qualified charitable distribution (QCD) allows individuals who are 70.5 years old or older to donate up to $100,000 total to one or more charities directly from a taxable IRA instead of taking their required minimum distributions. Make the request for a QCD(s) in writing. Specify the dollar amount that you wish to contribute to North Shore Senior Center. Request the check be made payable to the North Shore Senior Center but be mailed to you. You can than mail the check to North Shore Senior Center.


Donor Advised Funds (DAFS)

Donor Advised Funds allow a donor to make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax deduction, and then recommend grants from the fund over time. Donors can contribute to the fund as frequently as they like, and then recommend grants to NSSC whenever it makes sense for them.


The Heritage Society

The Heritage Society is for donors who make a one-time outright cash gift of $25,000 or more, designate the North Shore Senior Center as the beneficiary of a qualified retirement plan, savings bond, bank account, or life insurance policy, and have provided for NSSC in their will or trust. A commitment to the Heritage Society is a legacy for the future and guarantees continued quality senior services to our community.