Legacy Society

Planning Your Estate and Supporting the Japan America Society of Chicago

 In increasing numbers, members and friends of the Society are creating legacies with us through planned gifts made during their lifetimes and through their estates. Gift planning integrates charitable giving into a donor’s overall financial, tax, and estate planning to maximize benefits both for the donor and for the Society. Examples of planned gifts include bequests, life-income gifts, gifts of real estate, and gifts of retirement plan assets. The Society has been named in a number planned gifts and this will provide crucial support toward the future health and well-being of the Society.

If you are considering taking advantage of the benefits of making a planned gift, we recommend that you consult your estate planning or legal advisor. We also have some example language, provided at the link below, that may be useful to you and your advisor in considering and drafting suitable documents.

All individuals with a planned gift in place for the Society are welcomed into the Japan America Society of Chicago Legacy Society, the JASC’s recognition body for those whose gifts will provide support to the Society for future generations. No minimum gift is required and no specific information is requested. We do not seek details as to the nature or amounts of your planned giving, unless it requires our active assistance and cooperation. Any information shared with us will be treated as strictly confidential and nonbinding.

Current members of the Legacy Society include:

Jack Beem
William Florida
Edward Grant

With several members already, our Legacy Society enthusiastically welcomes future members.

CLICK HERE for sample language for testamentary documents.

90th Anniversary Sponsors


Jean & Jim McClung


Barnes & Thornburg

Joyce Chelberg


Terri & Ed Grant

Jane & David Johnson

Suzanne & Michael Moskow

Ann & Stephen Potter


Kirkland Ellis
Mayer Brown

93rd Annual Program Sponsors

Mayer Brown

Joyce Chelberg

Edward A. Grant

Bradley J. Hamm

David D. Johnson

Kirkland Ellis

Jean & Jim McClung

Suzanne & Michael Moskow

Ann & Stephen Potter