Thank you for considering a gift to Kendal~Crosslands Communities. Your gift helps ensure the vibrancy of our independent living retirement communities.

Our story began with a gift, and this spirit of generosity continues to characterize life at Kendal Crosslands. Gifts have made possible financial assistance for residents and staff, improvements to our campuses, and services to seniors in our greater community.

Giving Opportunities

As a nonprofit organization, Kendal~Crosslands Communities relies on the generosity of donors to further its charitable purposes. Gifts of all sizes are needed and appreciated. We gladly accept unrestricted gifts as well as those to support existing funds.

Crosslands Reserve Fund — This fund provides financial assistance to current residents experiencing difficulty paying their full monthly fees.

Kendal at Longwood Reserve Fund — This fund provides financial assistance to current residents experiencing difficulty paying their full monthly fees.

Entry Fee Assistance Fund — This fund assists new residents unable to pay the full entry fee; preference is given to those who have devoted a lifetime to religious, educational, or charitable work.

A. & E. du Pont Kendal at Longwood Staff Support Fund  — This fund helps with staff development, continuing education, and staff emergency needs.

Robert N. & Lenora C. Zearfoss Fund for Crosslands Staff Support — This fund helps with staff development, continuing education, and staff emergency needs.

Louise P. Mullestein Scholarship Fund — This fund helps staff with the cost of enrolling their children in Kendal~Crosslands Communities’ on-site child development center.

Anne Perry Fund — This fund provides scholarships and summer employment at Kendal~Crosslands Communities to deserving high school and college students.

Arboretum Fund — This fund supports the costs of developing the Kendal Crosslands Arboretum’s programs, projects, and education, as well as the acquisition and maintenance of specimen trees. Gifts of $500 or more to this fund offer the opportunity to name a tree in honor or memory of a loved one.

Environmental Stewardship Fund — This fund supports sustainability initiatives to provide conscientious and environmentally responsible stewardship of Kendal~Crosslands Communities’ resources.

Big Woods – This fund supports the restoration, maintenance, and preservation of the natural areas surrounding Kendal Crosslands.

Kendal at Longwood Health Center Capital Campaign – This fund supports the redesign and enhancement of the Health Center at Kendal at Longwood.

Helping Hands Program — Provides subsidized housekeeping services to lower-income seniors beyond Kendal~Crosslands Communities’ campuses in Southern Chester County.

Tribute Gifts

Give in someone’s honor or memory.

You may wish to make a gift in honor or memory of someone of significance to you or Kendal~Crosslands Communities. Perhaps it is a family member, friend, or neighbor. Gifts of $500 or more can include a tree planted in the Kendal Crosslands Arboretum. All gifts will be acknowledged and recognized. We will notify a family member or friend of your choice without disclosing the amount.

Sample Language for Gifts in Lieu of Presents or Flowers

  • “In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to [the INSERT NAME HERE Fund] at Kendal~Crosslands Communities. Gifts may be made online at or mailed to P.O. Box 100, Kennett Square, PA 19348.”

  • “In lieu of presents, please consider a gift to [the INSERT NAME HERE Fund] at Kendal~Crosslands Communities in my/our honor. Gifts may be made online at or mailed to P.O. Box 100, Kennett Square, PA 19348.”

Gifts of Securities & Gifts from an IRA

See the generosity your gift makes today.

A gift in the form of publicly-traded securities allows for the possibility of an immediate federal income tax deduction. Gifts of long-term appreciated securities may offer additional benefits. Contact us today to learn the specifics about making a gift of publicly-traded securities.

Did you know that if you’re 70 ½ or older and own an individual retirement account (IRA) you can make a gift directly from your IRA to a qualified nonprofit organization? A qualified charitable distribution directly from an IRA is not counted as taxable income, and it satisfies the required minimum distributions beginning at 70 ½. You can distribute up to $100,000 through an IRA charitable rollover, or qualified charitable distribution, each year. Gifts made this way can reduce your tax burden and may positively affect your tax bracket.

Legacy Gifts

Through a planned gift, your legacy can live on.

Planned gifts include bequests through your will, the designation of Kendal~Crosslands Communities as a beneficiary on a life insurance policy or retirement account, or a charitable gift annuity. All these gifts are structured to meet your specific financial objectives while also benefiting Kendal~Crosslands Communities. These gifts can offer significant advantages of favorable income, as well as savings on capital gains and estate taxes. These options allow you to transfer cash real estate or other assets – while in some cases retaining an income from the assets for life.

Please note our Tax ID number is 23-1906212 our legal name is Kendal~Crosslands Communities. Contact your financial or legal advisor for specific advice and to find out what type of gift is the most advantageous given your current financial circumstances.


Bequests are not just for the wealthy. Anyone can make an extraordinary gift that can help provide for the financial future of Kendal~Crosslands Communities. Planned gifts are often thought of leaving a legacy that benefits not only you and your family, but also the future of our communities.

Include Kendal~Crosslands Communities in your will or a codicil to your will. Flexible and revocable, a bequest allows you to make a gift that costs you nothing during your lifetime.

  • Give a percentage of the residue of your estate—the amount left after taxes and expenses are satisfied and specific bequests have been paid. E.g., “I give 25% of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate to Kendal~Crosslands Communities.”
  • Give a specific dollar amount or an item of property—e.g. “I give Kendal~Crosslands Communities $25,000” or “I give Kendal~Crosslands Communities 100 shares of IBM stock.”
  • Make your bequest contingent—e.g. “I give Kendal~Crosslands Communities $25,000 if my children predecease me.”

Beneficiary Designations

Name Kendal~Crosslands Communities as the beneficiary of your retirement account. This is as simple as contacting your financial institution for a change of beneficiary form for your Individual Retirement Account (IRA), 401(k), or 403(b).

Name Kendal~Crosslands Communities as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy. For many people, life insurance affords a practical means of making a significant gift through a new or paid-up life insurance policy. If you make Kendal~Crosslands Communities the owner of the policy as well as beneficiary, you may receive current income tax benefits.

Charitable Gift Annuities

Invest in a charitable gift annuity to benefit Kendal~Crosslands Communities and generate more tax-free income for you. A charitable gift annuity is a contractual agreement between you and Kendal~Crosslands Communities. In exchange for your gift of cash or securities, Kendal~Crosslands Communities provides you and/or another designated person with guaranteed, lifelong annuity payments.

A gift annuity gives you a fixed annual income payment for life at a very attractive rate of return. For example, recent rates have offered a 70 year-old a 5.7% fixed annual income. This rate, which rises with age, is based on your age at the time you make the gift. A gift annuity is a simple and powerful tool for charitable giving, particularly in a low-interest rate environment.

Some key advantages include:

  • Guaranteed life income for the annuitant, much of it tax free
  • Immediate tax savings through a charitable deduction
  • The gift is not included in your gross estate for estate tax purposes

A gift annuity is easy to open. All you have to do is decide on the gift amount and work out a few details with Kendal~Crosslands Communities, sign an agreement, and make your gift with a check or stock transfer. Payments to you will be made quarterly or annually, according to your wishes. Kendal~Crosslands Communities’ fund of your choice will receive the remainder after your death.

For more information regarding giving options and the advantage of planning a special gift, please contact Rayna Gray in the philanthropy department at (610) 388-5528.

The official registration and financial information Kendal~Crosslands Communities may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement. Kendal~Crosslands Communities is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization – contributions to which are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

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