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Help Ensure That Everyone Has the Ability to Succeed

You support Oak Hill because you want to see everyone, regardless of ability or life challenges, realize their potential. When you include Oak Hill in your will or other long-term plans, you partner with us as advocates for children and adults with disabilities. Your gift to future generations will help ensure that we all have the opportunity to thrive.

Emily Wells FosterEmily Wells Foster Society

The nation’s first nursery for blind children was established in 1888 by Emily Wells Foster. In 1893 it would become the Connecticut Institute for the Blind, which expanded into today’s Oak Hill. Emily’s legacy has changed the lives of hundreds of blind Americans over the past 123 years and donors continue to expand on her mission by supporting the creation of new programs and services.

Blind children

The Emily Wells Foster Society (EWFS) was established to recognize individuals who have made provision for Oak Hill in their estate plans. There are presently over 200 individuals and families who are recognized as EWFS members. As you consider your legacy giving, some of the opportunities, which can provide tax benefits to you and/ or your estate, include gifts of real estate or personal property, insurance policies, IRA or Keogh Plan benefits, bequests, and trust arrangements.


Our family has been the beneficiary of Oak Hill's remarkable day, recreational and residential services for our son Jamie over the course of many years, many challenges, and many changes of condition. At each step of the way, Oak Hill's direct care and administrative back-up has responded nimbly and sensitively, and with a consistent level of reliable professional care, and there have been untold kindnesses that were neither expected nor requested. Oak Hill is part of our family's deferred giving plan as a testament of our gratitude, and a commitment to other families that Oak Hill will always be there to meet the challenges of succeeding generations."

Sara and David Hadden, Emily Wells Foster Society Members

Seven Things You Can Do Today to Leave A Legacy

  1. Prepare Your Will
  2. Set aside a gift in your will for your favorite charity or religious organization that has made a difference in your life or those that you love.
  3. Name your favorite charity as the beneficiary of an existing life insurance policy.
  4. Remember your loved ones with a charitable bequest in your honor.
  5. Name a charity as the beneficiary of your pension plan or IRA.
  6. Discuss with your financial advisors the tax advantages you can enjoy now by leaving a gift to a charity.
  7. Spread the word! Let family , friends and advisors know that you’ve taken responsibility for your legacy and for the well-being of a cause(s) you care about.

To be recognized as an Emily Wells Foster Society member, please consider including Oak Hill as you examine your estate plans. For more information, please contact Eloise Mongillo, Director of Development at 860-769-3854 or email: eloise.mongillo@OakHillCT.org

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