Leave a Life-Changing Legacy.

Legacy Giving

For nearly 150 years Kentuckians have reached out to help our neediest and most vulnerable citizens-children who are abandoned, abused and neglected. It is a cause that has grown from its origin as a single residential home in Louisville to serving over 600 children in all 120 counties with foster care, residential treatment centers, orphan care and adoption. Our cause is to help build families, restore broken relationships and heal broken lives.

Sunrise has a bright future and your gifts are warmly acknowledged and important both to our future and the future of our Kentucky kids and families.

Giving to Sunrise is about more than money. It is a statement that our Kentucky kids matter. These children are our neighbors, our grandchildren, our nieces and nephews. They live in our neighborhoods but are often unseen until serious problems arise. Giving to Sunrise is sharing our cause to care for these children who need compassion and care.

Our ”LIGHTSHINE” recognition program is just one way or expressing our gratitude for your support of our shared cause, to bless the children and families of Kentucky.


One of the most popular, and perhaps the easiest, ways to make a planned gift is through a bequest in your will. Making Sunrise a beneficiary of your will is a way to help heal Kentucky's abused and neglected children long into the future.

Gifts of Life Insurance

Gifts of life insurance benefits are a great way to support Sunrise. You can name Sunrise to receive all or a portion of the proceeds of a life insurance policy by making Sunrise a beneficiary of your policy.

Retirement Plans

You may consider using retirement plan benefits to make a gift that will support Sunrise and provide a tax benefit to you.

Gifts of Endowment

Endowments are the gifts that keep on giving and are important statements of a commitment to the future of Sunrise. By establishing an endowment, your legacy becomes a permanent part of our future.

Charitable Lead Trust

With a charitable lead trust, the principal amount of the gift is invested and an annual payment is made to Sunrise for an amount of time specified by you. At the end of the specified time, the principal amount of the gift is returned to the donor or paid to a beneficiary of your choosing.

Charitable Gift Annuity

A gift annuity will pay you a fixed income for the remainder of your life at rates, which are far above current returns-from 6-9% in return for your gift to Sunrise. Your gift of cash or other assets to Sunrise is invested and Sunrise agrees to pay you a fixed income throughout your lifetime. The benefits to you include tax-advantaged income as well as a charitable deduction. At death the remainder of the gift is paid to Sunrise.

Charitable Remainder Trust

You irrevocably transfer money, securities, or other assets to a trust that will then pay you an income for life or for a period of years. If you wish, the trust also can pay an income to another beneficiary of your choice. At the death of the surviving beneficiary, the remaining principal in the trust goes to Sunrise.

Gifts of $5000 or more qualify for endowment gift benefits. Sunrise can assist you in making these gifts with the services of a qualified attorney at no cost to you. Our director, Randall Greene can discuss these gifts with you and your family.