Seeds of Harvest Society

Seeds of Harvest

For more than 40 years, Harvesters has been feeding hungry people in the cities, towns and rural communities of northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas. You can ensure the effort to feed hungry people today and end hunger tomorrow continues for the next 40 years and more with a planned gift. There are a variety of charitable arrangements which allow you to support Harvesters’ programs into the future while also providing tax and other benefits to you and your loved ones.

After completing or updating your estate planning to include Harvesters, we invite you to notify us so you become a member of the Seeds of Harvest Society. We keep society members up to date on our programs and innovations as we address the critical issue of hunger in this region.

If you have already made a planned gift to Harvesters, or if you would like to start a conversation about making a gift with this kind of enduring impact, please contact Travis Bourbon at (816) 929-3036 or


A bequest is a common and simple way to leave a planned gift to Harvesters through your estate plan or will. There are four ways to leave a bequest:

  • Specific Bequest: Designate the amount of money or specific asset (property, securities, etc.) you wish to give.
  • Percentage Bequest: Designate the percentage of your estate you wish to give.
  • Residuary Bequest: Instruct that any remaining part of your estate be given to Harvesters after distributions are made to family and loved ones.
  • Contingent Bequest: Instruct that Harvesters receives assets in the event that a beneficiary in your will is no longer living.

Here is some sample bequest language:

“I give and bequeath the sum of $____ (or _____% of my estate) to Harvesters to be used in support of its general philanthropic purposes.”


Do you have appreciated property and want to save on taxes while planning for retirement? A Charitable Remainder Unitrust can do that for you and provide a donation to Harvesters at the same time. With a Charitable Lead Trust, you transfer cash or appreciated property to a trust, which makes payments to Harvesters for a period of time after which the assets of the trust are transferred to your beneficiaries. These trusts are particularly useful for managing capital gains and gift taxes for assets that have appreciated in value

Gift Annuities

Make an annuity gift now and receive a lifetime income for yourself or a designated loved one in exchange for a gift of cash, stock or securities. Upon your death, the gift remainder supports Harvesters.

Appreciated Stock

A gift of appreciated stock (held more than one year) makes an excellent donation both for you and for Harvesters. The gift is deductible at its fair market value, and you avoid all capital gains taxes on the increase in value while receiving a charitable tax deduction.


Your retirement or pension plans can help Harvesters fight hunger. Funds beyond the comfortable support of yourself or loved ones may be given to Harvesters and can offer charitable tax benefits to you.

Life Insurance

You may also feed hungry people well into the future by naming Harvesters as a beneficiary of any individual or group life insurance policy. You will receive an estate tax deduction for insurance proceeds that go to Harvesters upon your death.

For more information, please contact Travis Bourbon at (816) 929-3036 or

Please let us know if you have included Harvesters in your will, life insurance, or estate plans so we may thank you for your generous commitment to feeding hungry people into the future.

This information is provided for informational purposes only. As with any decision involving your financial or estate plans, we strongly advise you to seek the advice of your financial advisor for your estate planning

Thank you for considering a legacy of fighting hunger through Harvesters.