Giving Societies

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The Legacy Society

Central New York - Ways to Donate - The Legacy Society

Below is a list of planned giving that qualifies donors for the Legacy Society. Donors have the option of being listed as a society member or remaining anonymous. To get started, contact Judy Pollman, Chief Development Officer of the American Red Cross Western & Central New York Region, at or (315) 234-2216.

Legacy Society Planned Gift Options:

  • Bequest
  • Life Income Gift
  • Gift of Life Insurance
  • Pooled Income Fund
  • Charitable Lead Trust
  • Gifts of Retirement Plans
  • For more information on these options, please visit the interactive American National Red Cross Gift Planning site, where you will find several helpful research tools, including gift type examples, gift vehicle comparisons, a legacy planner, gift calculators, donor stories, and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ). Personalized gift proposals are also available electronically. Users may also subscribe to the electronic “Legacy” newsletter and view past issues.

    The Clara Barton Society

    Central New York - Ways to Donate - The Clara Barton Society

    The Clara Barton Society honors donors who have made a minimum gift of $1,000 (or $83.34 per month on a credit or debit card) to the American Red Cross within one fiscal year (July 1 through June 30).

    Members of the Clara Barton Society share a unique commitment to our community and the American Red Cross. As a Clara Barton Society member, you will receive recognition on our web site; a listing in the society’s honor roll; invitations to the annual recognition reception and other special events; and more.

    For more information about the Clara Barton Society, please contact Cathy Topple, Major Gift Officer, at or (315) 234-2224.

    Who was Clara Barton?

    Central New York - The Clara Barton Society - Who was Clara Barton?

    Clarissa Harlowe Barton -- Clara, as she wished to be called -- is one of the most honored women in American history for being a true pioneer as well as an outstanding humanitarian. As pioneer, she began teaching school at a time when most teachers were men.

    As a pioneer and humanitarian, she risked her life when she was nearly 40 years old to bring supplies and support to soldiers in the field during the Civil War. Then, at age 60, she founded the American Red Cross in 1881 and led it for the next 23 years.

    Her understanding of the needs of people in distress and the ways in which she could provide help to them guided her throughout her life. By the force of her personal example, she opened paths to the new field of volunteer service. Her intense devotion to the aim of serving others resulted in enough achievements to fill several ordinary lifetimes.

    Read More About Clara Barton's Life on the American Red Cross Web page.