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Our vision is a future where no one is hungry. By making a planned gift through your will, estate or other financial plan, you can help us put food on the tables of our neighbors for years to come.

Make a Difference With Your Estate

When you choose to include Second Harvest Heartland as part of your financial plan for the future, you are joining hundreds of dedicated Table of Hope Society partners. Your commitment to our work allows Second Harvest Heartland to support our neighbors with the food and resources they need today and provides the stability we need to meet the challenges of our community tomorrow.

Are you ready to make your plan? Second Harvest Heartland has partnered with GivingDocs to offer a FREE suite of estate planning tools to our dedicated donors!


Ways to Make a Planned Charitable Gift

Your generous support helps sustain our food bank’s programs and services across the heartland—and plan ahead to invest in new opportunities that help us meet the ever-changing demand for healthy, nutritious meals.

By planning a charitable bequest, designating Second Harvest Heartland as a beneficiary or considering other estate planning options, you can help hungry neighbors across Minnesota and Wisconsin for years to come.

Please contact our development team for specific language, tax ID information and other details to include in your financial documents.

Wills and Bequests

Making a bequest to Second Harvest Heartland in your will or living trust helps you support our mission, while also taking care of your loved ones. You can leave a percentage or set amount of your overall estate, or help us fight hunger with specific assets like real estate.

Beneficiary Designations

You can help end hunger by leaving the funds in your financial accounts, insurance policies or other retirement assets to Second Harvest Heartland. Simply designate Second Harvest Heartland as a beneficiary on your accounts, just as you would a loved one or other individual.

Designating our food bank as a beneficiary ensures your generous gift is put to use as soon as possible. That’s because beneficiary designations supersede allocations made in a will and can be distributed outside the probate process. 

Charitable Gift Annuities

A Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) is a smart way to increase your charitable giving and meet your own future financial goals. If you’re 65 or older, you can fund a CGA that supports both you as a donor, and Second Harvest Heartland. You receive an immediate tax-deduction on a portion of that gift, then receive fixed payments every year for your lifetime—and the lifetime of one other beneficiary if you choose. After your passing, Second Harvest Heartland receives the remaining balance of your charitable gift. 


Have you already included Second Harvest Heartland in your will or estate plan? Thank you! Please use this form to notify us so we know a little bit about your intentions.


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Donating stocks, securities or mutual fund shares is a tax-efficient way to support our work at to Second Harvest Heartland.


Donor Advised Funds

This flexible investment vehicle acts like a charitable savings account. It’s a great way to positively impact your tax bill and help feed hungry families.


IRA Charitable Rollovers

Retirees with an individual retirement account (IRA) can donate money to our food bank, qualify for tax breaks and fulfill your required minimum distribution (RMD)—all at the same time.


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Our development team can help you understand the options and create a charitable giving strategy that’s right for you and your loved ones. Contact Kelsey Tyler to get started!

Frequently Asked Questions

A planned charitable gift to Second Harvest Heartland helps us feed hungry neighbors right now—and plan for the needs of tomorrow. With a planned gift through your estate, your passion for feeding our community can become a lasting legacy of ending hunger.

You can support Second Harvest Heartland in a variety of ways. You can make a bequest to our food bank in your will; name Second Harvest Heartland as a beneficiary on your insurance policies or financial accounts; or establish a charitable gift annuity that helps solve hunger. Second Harvest Heartland can accept a wide range of other gifts, including stocks, IRA charitable rollovers—even donations of used vehicles.

Have estate planning questions? Contact Development Officer Kelsey Tyler at 651-282-0865 or

You can support your loved ones and Second Harvest Heartland in your will, trust or estate plan. A planned charitable gift of any size will have a significant impact on our ability to help end hunger and feed those in need. Charitable estate giving can also help your heirs by lessening capital gains tax liabilities for your individual beneficiaries. 

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Doubling Down on Hunger

Motivated in part by the widespread need for food revealed during the pandemic, long-time supporters Ward and Cathy Armstrong made the commitment to include Second Harvest Heartland in their estate.

Second Harvest Heartland is a tax-exempt 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization recognized by the IRS, tax ID number: 23-7417654. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law. Review our annual reports and tax filings here.