Cornerstone Society

FRAMING THE FUTURE – Have you thought about including Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County in your will or estate plans? We would be honored for you to join our CORNERSTONE SOCIETY. When you make a Legacy gift to Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County, Inc. you become an integral partner in our mission of building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.  

Dan Smith, our inaugural CORNERSTONE SOCIETY member, was passionate about helping others.

In 2004, after a 35 year career at General Electric Research and Development Center, Dan Smith retired and turned his attention to serving his community. Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County, Inc. benefited greatly from his time, energy and enthusiasm.

Dan joined Habitat as a volunteer but quickly became a leader joining the Building Committee and serving as Site Selection Chairman and eventually the Board of Directors. Dan had a lot of “tools” and was never happier than when asked to bring and operate his tractor, backhoe or wood chipper to a build site! Always eager to help and get involved, Dan was the ultimate team player whether with friends and family, his GE colleagues or fellow volunteers at Habitat. He is greatly missed by so many but his legacy lives on in all the people whose lives he made better with his friendship.

Dan Smith
Habitat Board Member, Building Committee Member, Site Supervisor, Donor, Volunteer

Joining the CORNERSTONE SOCIETY ensures that your critical support will continue to help more local working class families in Schenectady County build stable futures for years to come. The future success of Schenectady Habitat is only possible through the generosity and commitment of donors like you.

Planned gifts include:

  • Bequest by Will
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement Assets
  • Savings Bonds
  • Donor Advised Funds
  • Gifts of publicly traded Stock
  • Charitable Remainder Trust
  • Charitable Lead Trust
  • Charitable Gift Annuity
  • Tax Free IRA Rollover

Please consult with your financial advisor or attorney to make planned giving part of our future.

We hope you’ll join us in extending a hand up to families and individuals to a better, brighter future through homeownership.


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