The Patricia Garman Torch Circle is a legacy group named in memory of our friend and a founding Board Member, Patricia Garman. 

Patricia (Pat) shared her passion, wisdom and commitment to the women and girls of this community by lighting the way for women who will come after her.  Patricia did not wait for change - she made the change happen.    

The Patricia Garman Torch Circle honors not only one special woman, but all the individuals who share in her foresight.    


An Invitation to Join the Patricia Garman Torch Circle

Members have expressed their commitment to WNY Women's Foundation through a very special and important form of financial support. These donors have named WNYWF as the ultimate beneficiary of a planned gift.


Pat (Right), along with daughter Melissa, at the 2012 Fund to Foundation Launch Event

Membership Benefits

Your membership involves no dues, obligations, or solicitations, but it does allow us to thank you and recognize you for the plans you have made, and it may inspire generosity in others.

Benefits of membership also include invitations to special events and seminars and a subscription to our mailings.

The most important benefit you will receive from joining the Patricia Garman Torch Circle is the satisfaction derived from making a lasting contribution to our long-term success.


Ways to Give that are Meaningful and Beneficial

The term "Planned Giving" refers to any major gift that involves financial or estate planning. Such gifts can provide important benefits to you and to the Foundation. However, determining what type of gift that is right for you is just as important as making the gift. There are many options from which you can choose. The correct plan for you balances what you wish to accomplish for yourself and your family with your charitable interests.



     For example:

    -You can make a gift that costs nothing during your lifetime by planning a gift to us that will only take effect after your other obligations have ceased.

    -You can give stock and realize larger tax savings.

    -You can donate your house, continue to live there, and get a tax break all at the same time.



Once you complete your estate plans, please contact our offices. We would like to thank you for your generosity by including you in the Torch Circle.


For Professional Advisors

As a professional advisor, you build your client relationships on trust and mutual respect. The same is true for our relationships with our friends and donors.

We understand that financial, philanthropic and estate goals are unique to the individual. For this reason we welcome the opportunity to assist as you incorporate your clients' philanthropic objectives into well-crafted estate plans. Furthermore, we encourage prospective donors to consult with their professional advisors before making decisions based on information we provide.