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List of Morton Society members and Morton Medal recipients

The late John D. Morton (1937-1996) of Berlin, New Hampshire, was the first person from the New England District to be elected President of Kiwanis International, serving in 1991-1992. It is fitting that we recognize KFNE's exceptional donors in honor of John's exceptional leadership of our worldwide organization. 

The "John D. Morton Society" and the Morton Medal of the Kiwanis Foundation of New England were established by the KFNE Board in August, 2003, to honor those men and women who make future gift provisions to support our Kiwanis Foundation of New England. 

Eligibility: Membership in the "John D. Morton Society" is by notifying the foundation office in writing that you have made a future gift provision in your financial or estate plans of ANY AMOUNT for any purpose. Your gift provision may be unrestricted for greatest need, or restricted in purpose, such as for KPTI endowment. There is no minimum dollar amount for Society membership. A Morton Society Pin will be preented for gifts of $25 or more.

Options in making a future gift provision: After family and loved ones have been provided for, here are several ways to make a future gift provision. Arranged from simple to elaborate, here are six ideas: 

  • Percent beneficiary of an IRA
  • Percent beneficiary of a life insurance policy 
  • Payable on death account at a bank or brokerage 
  • Bequest in a Will (dollar amount, percentage, specific property or "what's left over") 
  • Percent beneficiary of a Living Trust 
  • Percent beneficiary of a Charitable Remainder Trust 

Privacy: All information will be held in strictest confidence in separate donor files at the KFNE office. KFNE donor names are never divulged, lent, or sold to other organizations. Only the name of the individual will be listed -- never the gift plan nor the amount. 

We encourage interested individuals to consult with their legal or financial advisors when amending estate plans. 

The Morton Medal: 

Purpose: to encourage current as well as future charitable gifts for the district foundation, from individuals as well as clubs, the foundation will bestow a numbered medallion to the donor or honoree when EITHER one of two criteria are met:

1. An outright gift of $5,000 or more (individuals or clubs), or 
2. A planned gift commitment of $5,000 or more (individuals only) 

The outright gift can be made by check or a transfer of appreciated securities. Signed pledges can be paid over up to five years. We request a copy of only the relevant portions of the Will, IRA, trust document or other instrument where KFNE is mentioned. 

Recognition: Members of the "John D. Morton Society" and holders of the Morton Medal will be recognized in several ways, such as a name listing in district publications and special tables at district events. 

Those individuals who qualified for "John D. Morton Society" membership by December 31, 2004, will always be considered CHARTER MEMBERS. 


For information on the Morton Society, please contact the Chairman of the Planned Giving Committee, Dave Petersen at KiwanisfoundationNewEngland@gmail.com
John D. Morton Society
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