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Planned Giving - Gifts From Your Will

Gifts From Your Will

Including the Science Museum in your will or trust is a fantastic way to make a donation that costs you nothing during your lifetime.

How does it work?

  • When drawing up your will, simply include a bequest using language such as this.
  • Choose whether to make your bequest unrestricted, to be used for general support of the museum, or indicate a specific purpose for your gift.
  • Choose how much to give by specifying an exact amount or a percentage of the balance remaining in your estate.
  • When you've made your bequest, let us know so we can thank you, ensure that our records are up-to-date, and enroll you in our Fibonacci Society.

What are the benefits?

  • All assets remain in your control and your current cash flow is unaffected.
  • Allows you to care for your family and loved ones—you can gift a remaining portion of your estate so your family is taken care of first.
  • Under current tax law there's no upper limit on the estate tax deduction for your charitable bequests—the more you give, the more you can deduct.
  • As easy to modify as changing what you want gifted in your will.
  • Flexibility to choose what to give, how much, and for what purpose.

Who is this gift best suited for?

  • Potentially anyone—you don't have to have a lot of money, but you should have a will.
  • Those looking for a long-term plan rather than an immediate income-tax deduction.
  • Those who are not in a position to make a large current gift but want to further the mission of the Science Museum.