How Rocky Mountain Equality boosts legacy giving and offers security to supporters with FreeWill

June 10, 2024
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How Rocky Mountain Equality boosts legacy giving and offers security to supporters with FreeWill

The Opportunity

Rocky Mountain Equality is a service and advocacy organization serving the LGBTQ+ community in Colorado and beyond. With a profound presence in the community and a passionate donor base, they needed to unlock the potential of planned giving to ensure the future of their advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community.

The complexities of estate planning within the LGBTQ+ community compounded the challenges, as many individuals face unique legal and familial circumstances that could complicate their final wishes.

The Rocky Mountain Equality team knew they had anonymous legacy donors from over the years, but lacked context and data on these unconfirmed gifts.


The Solution

Rocky Mountain Equality launched FreeWill with their “Queer and Aging” session, an event for LGBTQ+ individuals to learn from queer experts in the field of financial, housing, and estate planning. The event empowered folks to leave the event with valid, updated estate planning documents for free.

This yielded 8 bequest commitments through the tool and encouraged several other people to share their legacy gift intentions with their Director of Development, Kyl Caragol.

Integrating digital and in-person events is an idea Caragol recommends for others considering FreeWill: “Some of our biggest, most successful, campaigns have combined FreeWill communications with events that people can join to be part of something. It’s crucial to think outside the box and to connect with your donors.”

This strategy was developed in collaboration with their assigned Partner Success Strategist, who works closely with Caragol to develop custom messaging that best resonates with LGBTQ+ individuals.

A critical aspect of the partnership is FreeWill's ability to tailor communications to the unique sensitivities of the older LGBTQ+ community, often avoiding certain terminologies that might resonate negatively based on past traumas.

These considerations have proven to be effective based on how many older community members have utilized FreeWill to complete their estate plans and leave a gift to Rocky Mountain Equality in the process.

“There are quite a few folks of means, but there are just as many, if not more, people who leave us five hundred or a thousand dollars. I think that’s a testament to the power and impact of our planned giving work – ‘What I’m going to write into my will is whatever I can do.’”

In just one year of partnership, Rocky Mountain Equality has generated 19 bequest commitments and helped 74 members of their community create an estate plan to ensure their wishes are honored and respected.



  • $49K+ in primary bequest commitments


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FreeWill is a great product. It’s going to help you build up your legacy giving capacity and your base.

Kyl Caragol
Kyl Caragol
Director of Development

I am the main person working with our individual donors. Understanding the complexity and nuance of planned giving, I knew I needed help. I was drawn to the idea of not having to learn the language immediately, but getting to learn alongside my community as FreeWill worked on our planned giving communications.

Kyl Caragol
Kyl Caragol
Director of Development

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It's not necessarily extra work, it’s just being smarter in the work we do. I think FreeWill has challenged us in that way. And our results since our FreeWill partnership have been tremendous. Having that relationship with your strategist to make sure you’re doing what’s best for your organization has paid off.

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Not only are we booking bequests valued at over $1 million, we are getting full contact information for constituents that we only had email info for. The support offered by the FreeWill team from sales to implementation is top notch. This has been the best vendor experience I’ve had in my twenty plus year career.

Valerie Trego
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I think you're putting your finger on the pulse of what charitable organizations want and need to promote. I think it's very smart. It's exciting, and I'm excited to be in this space with you. You're creating a whole new class of philanthropists.

Brian Peterson
Director, Legacy and Gift Planning
Human Rights Watch

Having FreeWill is like having a part-time planned giving officer. Our FreeWill strategist is there anytime I have questions, ideas, or comments. I trust their expertise, and all the support they provide means I can spend time on other priorities.

Les Fout
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Knox Area Rescue Mission

FreeWill is the missing piece of this puzzle. It starts a conversation and creates this almost audible buzz around the topic. Larger donors hear the buzz and want to be a part of it so they step forward and that's already proving to be so valuable. The excitement is real in our office on a Director level.

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