This week I will be covering a few of Phil Keenan's favorite charities. Many people include their favorite charities in their estate planning. Not only is it a great way to support those charities after you are gone, but it can also be a tax benefit for your estate. Phil Keenan is an estate planning attorney in our office. Rebuilding Together Metro Denver This organization has a goal of providing energy efficiency and safety upgrades, as well as crucial home repairs, in order to keep vets, elders, and people with disabilities in their homes. They also bring volunteers together to work on community centers in need of repair. Since 1999, Rebuilding Together Metro Denver has helped more than 2,000 homeowners in need. These critical repairs can include: window replacement, walkway repair, roof and gutter work, hand rail and grab bar repair, wheelchair ramp installation, smoke alarm, fire extinguisher, and CO2 detector installation, and trash removal just to name a few. Rebuilding Together heavily relies on sponsors and volunteers to achieve their goals. For more information, or to sponsor or volunteer, visit www.rebuildingdenver.org. USO - United Service Organization Being a retired military officer himself, Phil Keenan firmly believes in the services that USO provides to our military. Their purpose is to lift the spirits of our American troops and their families. Franklin D. Roosevelt's idea in 1941 became a reality when several organizations came together to provide the emotional support the troops needed. Just as these needs have changed throughout the years, so have the services and programs provided by the USO. For more information, photos, or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit www.uso.org. Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society The NMCRS was founded in 1904 to give financial, educational, and other assistance to eligible members of the Naval Services of the United States and their families. They provide things such as: interest-free loans, scholarships, grants, financial counseling, visiting nurse services, and many other programs. Although it is sponsored by the Department of the Navy, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is a non-profit organization and completely funded by donations. For more information on how this organization is making a difference in lives, or to donate, visit www.nmcrs.org Check back for our next great Charity Spotlight when we will introduce Erica Johnson's favorite charities.