Planned Giving

Named in honor of Barbara and Kevin Whalen, the Whalen Legacy Society brings together friends of AANE who are committed to supporting the future of the organization with planned gifts. 

Planned gifts to AANE can give you options that may allow you to make larger tax deductible charitable gifts, increase your current income, and leave a charitable legacy for future generations, among other things.


For questions or to learn more about planned giving, please email us at [email protected].

The Whalen Legacy Society

The Whalen Legacy Society was established in 2021 in honor of AANE’s 25th anniversary. From bequests to beneficiary designations, there are a variety of ways you can support the future of AANE as a member of the Whalen Legacy Society. Scroll down to learn more about the types of planned gifts that benefit AANE. With permission, Whalen Legacy Society members are recognized in our Annual Report.

Ways to Give

There are several ways for you to include AANE in your financial plans. For more information about making any of these gifts, please email us at [email protected] with your questions.

Make a Bequest to AANE

Donate Your IRA Rollover to AANE

Make AANE a Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT) Beneficiary

Name AANE in Your Charitable Lead Trust

Make AANE a Successor Beneficiary for Your Donor Advised Fund

Donate the Remainder of Your Life Insurance Policy

The Founding of the Whalen Legacy Society

In the early 1990s, Kevin and Barbara Whalen learned that their son was Autistic. They immersed themselves in educational plans, research, and support groups. AANE, newly founded in 1996, became a lifeline for Kevin, Barbara, and their family. 

At the time, AANE had only one staff member and a handful of volunteers. Barbara and Kevin became integral members of AANE’s community, and Kevin later became the first Chair of AANE’s Board of Directors. AANE is proud to celebrate Barbara and Kevin’s legacy of service and generosity with the establishment of the Whalen Legacy Society.

Thank You to Our Founding Members

With tremendous gratitude for your dedication and your vision, we celebrate the commitment you have made to AANE’s growth and future success.

  • Dian Bohannon
  • Bill and Esther Braun
  • Jayne Burke
  • Brenda Dater
  • Susan Erickson
  • Mark Goodman
  • John Halpern
  • Dania Jekel
  • Martha Juelich
  • Martha Markowitz
  • Dan and Barbara Rosenn
  • The Whalen Family

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