Planned Giving


What is a Planned Gift?

Planned gifts may include a variety of strategies that an individual may utilize to bequeath money and/or assets to United Cerebral Palsy of Metro Detroit (UCP/Detroit). Most often, planned gifts are made through a will or trust; gifts that provide lifetime income to the donor like a charitable gift annuity; or gifts that protect your assets, like a retained life estate of a house or as an end-of-year cash gift. However, charitable donations can take many forms – the loose change that you drop into a bucket during the holiday season, a gift in honor or memory of someone, or a planned donation with important tax and financial implications.


Why Planned Giving?

A planned gift allows your personal values to make a lasting impact on the world; creating a ripple effect that inspires other women to join in your commitment to continue changing women’s lives one woman at a time.

Your gift ensures that UCP/Detroit will have the financial resources to provide scholarships and professional development for women today and tomorrow because planned gifts are typically arranged now and paid out later. If you are interested in providing a planned gift to UCP/Detroit, the first step is to select the right planned giving vehicle for you since a planned gift can reduce your estate and income taxes, maximize the financial and tax benefits of your gift, and potentially allow you to make a larger gift than you ever thought possible.

We recommend that you seek professional guidance from a qualified estate planning attorney or financial planner to learn which options are best for you. Ensure your legacy by contributing a planned gift to UCP/Detroit.

Types of Bequests You May Consider

  • Specific: a certain amount of cash, securities, or property.
  • General: property that is similar to all other items distributed (usually cash).
  • Percentage: a stated percentage of the donor’s estate.
  • Residual: all or a portion of what remains of the estate after specific and general bequests are distributed.
  • Contingency Gift: a gift under the terms of a will, trust or insurance policy received only if a certain event occurs or if a certain set of circumstances happen.
  • Beneficiary designation: through life insurance, IRAs, 401(k)s, annuities, and other qualified plans.

You can specify your bequests too for a specific program offered through UCP/Detroit, please send your inquiry to:


Already Making a Difference!

“This ramp makes it so much easier to get Kiera in and out of the house. Kiera is a 10 year old girl with 3 siblings at home including her twin sister. The use of this wheelchair ramp has greatly increased Kiera’s relationship with her siblings as it creates a means for easier access in taking her out to play, for walks and bike rides.” (sent to UCP Detroit from Kiera’s mom, Latasha Montgomery)


Kiera is one example of so many who have been helped by Quick Ramps. And that is why we are working to raise $10,000 on GoFundMe to provide ramps for at least 30 other families.

There is no contribution too small. There is no contribution too large. Please, help us help so many to live a Life Without Limits!

Life Without Limits Assistive Technology Conference and Expo

On May 14, 2015 UCP/Detroit will host the 8th Annual Life without Limits through Assistive Technology Conference and Expo.  Scholarships are available for parents and persons with disabilities, just complete/return the attached form and write scholarship at the top.

Below is a list of workshops (something for everyone):

  • A Birds Eye view of Assistive Technology(infancy to Adult) – Karen Tibbs/Agnes Bellel
  • Automotive Mobility Solutions– Christine Stowers
  • Peer Mentoring– Marva Ways, Don West, Sheila Starks and Quintin Williams
  • Accessible Learning Environment– Jim Stachowiak                                                              
  • Tips and Strategies for Positioning and Seating for Children– Patricia Robinson                                     
  • Are You Ready (Emergency Preparedness)?– Doug Tibbs
  • Veterans & Mature Workers– Using Low Tech to Gain Success – Sharon Murphy
  • Navigating the AT System– A Parents Perspective – Dallo/Bellel/Blake/Brick/Fox
  • Conflict & Communication in Special Education– Charity Burke
  • Awesome Self-Regulation Strategies for Home & School (K-12)-Laura Hathaway
  • Accessing AT – An Adults Perspective– Marva Ways & Panel
  • Home Modifications-Transitions Remodeling


The Expo will include vendors that can either provide assistive technology products or help you learn to navigate the process of obtaining assistive technology products.


8:00 Registration/Continental Breakfast/Visit Vendors

9-9:45 Welcome/Key Note

9:45-10:00 Break/Visit Vendors

10:00-11:00 Breakout Session

11:00-11:10 Break/Vendors

11:10am-12:10Breakout Sessions

12:15-1:00 Lunch/Vendor/Speaker

1:05-2:05 Breakout Sessions

2:10-3:00 Breakout Session

UCP Detroit 2015 AT Conf Brochure

UCP Detroit Board Member named “Dealmaker of the Year”

Gretchen Perkins is the star of the April issue of Mergers & Acquisitions, staring out at readers, her arms crossed just below the words that proclaim her “Dealmaker of the Year.”

Gretchen_PerkinsThe issue focuses on M&A‘s eighth annual midmarket awards, and Perkins is the first woman to win the top honor, which was given for two things — her role as chief deal sourcer for Detroit-based Huron Capital Partners LLC, and for serving as co-chair of the national Public Policy Committee for the Association for Corporate Growth…” (read more)

2015 Skate Without Limits

On Saturday, March 21st, 2015 the UCP Pucksters will take on the Red Wing Alumni at the annual Skate Without Limits Event. The charity game, which will benefit UCP/Detroit, is being played at the Viking Ice Arena in Hazel Park. The event will begin at 4:00 pm with a Sled Hockey exhibition featuring the Michigan Sled Dogs and then the Red Wing Alumni-UCP Pucksters game at 6:00 pm. An afterglow pizza party will follow immediately.


The Detroit Red Wing Alumni Association, which is the oldest such organization in the NHL, now plays around 30 games a year to the benefit of worthy charities. This group uses their status as former NHL players to bring people together for a common goal…to raise spirits and raise money for some wonderful organizations.
The alumni roster includes such names as John Ogrodnick, Jimmy Carson, Craig Wolanan, Petr Klima, Danny Newman, Brent Fedyk, Pat Peake and fan favorite, Mickey Redmond.

Together we have raised over $230,000 over the past 14 years for the disability community.

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This event will be a blast for hockey fans and the whole family. Admission is only $10 per person or $30 per family (max 5 members). Those 5 and under get in free. The afterglow pizza party is a $10 donation. There will also be a silent auction at the game. Everyone can participate in a 50/50 drawing or play “Chuck-A-Puck” to win prizes. The doors open at 3:30 pm to begin bidding on items.

All proceeds from this charity event will be used to assist people with disabilities and their families. UCP/ Detroit is a local non-profit advocacy organization representing the needs of all people with disabilities and their families in the Metropolitan Detroit and the Tri-County areas. Eighty-Five percent of every dollar raised from UCP special events is used for programs and services that benefit directly the people we serve.

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Purchase tickets at the door or by contacting Tamara Kincaid at at (248) 557-5070 x117 email
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“Life Without Limits Through Assistive Technology Reception, Conference & Expo”

Make sure you market he dates and make plans to attend UCP Detroit’s 8th Annual “”Life Without Limits Through Assistive Technology Reception, Conference & Expo”

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The conference, which will host a number of exciting speakers and vendors (soon to be announced), will cover Employment, Education, Home Modifications, Transportation, and much more!

To keep up on the speakers and vendors, follow us here at as well as on Twitter and Facebook.