1831 Society


Planned Giving at Rising Ground


The 1831 Society is a community for donors who wish to support Rising Ground’s work through a planned gift. The 1831 Society builds on a long tradition of philanthropy that has made Rising Ground’s 189-year history of service to the community possible. Our very existence — the founding of the Leake & Watts Orphan House in 1831 through the bequest of John George Leake, a wealthy New York lawyer with no heirs — was made possible through such a commitment to charitable giving. It is through the generosity of generations of supporters that we have been able to grow and evolve for nearly two centuries in our ongoing effort to meet the needs of children and families. For those looking to leave a legacy that provides hope and opportunity for generations to come, the 1831 Society celebrates this commitment.

Quote from Maggy Ames on Planned Giving: " I have been involved with Rising Ground for 42 years now, and it’s been a great pleasure to see how the organization has evolved to address the changing landscape of challenges facing our community. We’ve been successful in stepping up and getting things fixed for 189 years! I have been so impressed by the careful and yet innovative way Rising Ground has husbanded every contribution, no matter how big or small. That makes me feel confident that my legacy will be wisely invested in the future of Rising Ground."

Leave a legacy in support of our life-affirming work.

By joining this visionary group of donors, you receive special quarterly updates and a token of our appreciation along with recognition in our Annual Report.

To learn about becoming a member, contact H. Aldervan Daly, our Executive Vice President for Institutional Advancement at ADaly@RisingGround.org or 212-602-5847.

Don’t have a will? You are not alone!

Now is a great time to start planning, and please consider including a bequest to Rising Ground in your will. Contact H. Aldervan Daly at ADaly@RisingGround.org or 212-602-5847 for suggested bequest language and Rising Ground’s tax ID for you to share with your attorney.