Planned Giving

Community Services League has been serving our neighbors in need since 1916. As long as there is a need in our community, the strength, stability and continuity of service CSL provides, must be maintained for future generations.

The purpose of planned giving and the Bess Wallace Truman Legacy Society is to continue to strengthen our mission, while connecting donors with unique giving opportunities.

There are many forms of planned gifts. Often a planned gift can help you make a more significant gift than you might have otherwise imagined- without sacrificing income or security for your own family. A bequest in your will or living trust lets you take care of loved ones first and make a remarkable difference in the lives of others. Naming us among the beneficiaries of your retirement plan can help your heirs avoid double taxation while sharing your generosity with our families as well. The gift of life insurance transforms a modes investment into a much larger benefit - both for you and for the families we serve.

Individuals who have made a bequest or estate gift to CSL are welcomed as members in the Bess Wallace Truman Legacy Society. Members are regularly recognized and thanked for their enduring generosity.

We also respect that some donors prefer anonymity. We would invite you to let us know about your plans on a confidential basis in any case. This greatly helps us plan wisely for the future. To let us know that we are in your will or estate plans, please contact CSL's President & CEO, Doug Cowan, at or (816) 912-4484.

Why Bess Wallace Truman?

When CSL was founded in 1916, a group of 22 young women, all part of an ecumenical Bible study group, decided that they needed to form an organization that would help care for their neighbors in need.

A young Bess Wallace, who later became First Lady Bess Wallace Truman, was one of the women who founded CSL and helped put it on a path to remain successful for nearly 100 years.

Throughout her public and private service, Bess Truman always cared for those in need. With her founding connections to CSL, and her legacy of care and support, we thought it natural to name our planned giving organization the Bess Wallace Truman Legacy Society.


Materials and Resources

Through our strategic partnership with the Truman Heartland Community Foundation, we're pleased to provide you the following information to assist in your planned giving decisions (click on the link to download the document):

Planned Giving Overview

A Guide to Planned Giving

Estate Planning Brochure

Endowments Brochure

Create Your Legacy


Gift Intention Form

At the 2015 Fall Into Hope Gala, inaugural members of
the Bess Wallace Truman Legacy Society were inducted. This group's cumulative
commitment to the future of CSL totals more than $1 million!