Washington English Center Legacy Society

Just some of our many recently graduated students - thanking you!

The Legacy Society recognizes supporters who have chosen to include Washington English Center in their wills or estate giving plans. Such future gifts help ensure WEC can continue to provide immigrants and refugees with the education and tools need to build a better life for themselves and their children.

Planned gift giving and estate bequests are relatively easy to establish - and to change, should you ever need the assets during your lifetime or if your gift giving goals change. 


Estate gifts or bequests may take many forms, to include a defined dollar amount, or gifts of assets like stocks, bonds, real estate, IRAs or life insurance policies. For example, WEC can be the named beneficiary (sole, or one of several beneficiaries) in an Individual Retirement Account.   

Estate related cash or asset donations can be given outright. Alternatively, they may take the form of a residuary gift, paid to WEC after other bequests of the estate have been satisfied, or they can be a contingent bequest - a gift given to WEC should the designated beneficiary(ies) predecease you.

Will you consider becoming a Legacy Society member?

The first step is to make a pledge:  The next time I consult with my professional advisers regarding my overall financial / estate plan, I will express my intention that WEC be included in my plans as a charitable beneficiary.  Even if I don’t know now what form a future gift to WEC might assume—be it big or small—I want to provide a legacy for WEC that aligns with my philanthropic goals, is vetted by my advisers, and makes sense for me and my family.

Members of the Washington English Center Legacy Society will be honored as belonging to a distinguished community of like-minded philanthropists in our Annual Report and recognized at WEC events.

If you wish to join this group, please let us know by contacting our Executive Director, John Odenwelder (jodenwelder@washingtonenglish.org (202) 387-2412), our Development Director, Phillip Carlisle (pcarlisle@washingtonenglish.org or  202-800-4683) or any of our Board of Directors.  If you have already included Washington English Center in your estate plans but have not yet informed us, please let us know - we would love to thank you and include you in the Legacy Society.

Please find below the official nomenclature that your advisor will need should you choose to include Washington English Center in your estate plan documents:

Washington English Center, Inc., 401 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004, a Washington, DC nonprofit corporation, or its successor, Federal Tax Identification Number: 52-2106206

Our Legacy Society Members Include:


Joan Kerrigan

Tamera Luzzatto

Liz and Patrick Tisdale

Many thanks to these individuals for naming Washington English Center in their estate plans!