5 Great Ways to Leave a Legacy
"I decided to leave my estate to the ACLU. The reason: its long track record of major accomplishments and its incredibly dedicated staff of attorneys and organizers."
Your support of the ACLU reflects your values-a passion for justice and equality and a desire to make a lasting difference in our country. Leaving a gift to the ACLU is a wonderful way to ensure that your values live on beyond your lifetime.
1. Leave A Gift That Costs You Nothing Now
Consider leaving a gift in your will or trust to the ACLU. You can take care of family and friends first and donate a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your estate. Simply provide your attorney with our official name and tax identification number. For specific language visit www.aclu.org/bequestlanguage.
2. Donate Retirement Assets
Because retirement plans are taxed differently than other funds, they can be the least favorable way to leave a gift to loved ones. Leaving retirement assets to a charity is easy and you don't need a will. Simply update your beneficiary designation form with your plan administrator.
3. Donate a Life Insurance Policy You No Longer Need
You can update the beneficiaries of your insurance policy at any time by simply requesting a new form from your insurer. You can name the ACLU to receive the whole amount or a percentage.
4. Direct Your Donor Advised Fund
You can name the ACLU Foundation as a beneficiary of whatever is Left in your donor advised fund after your lifetime. As with retirement accounts and life insurance, it's as easy as updating your beneficiary form.
5. Make a Gift That Pays You Income For Life
If you are age 60 or older, you can help secure your retirement with a charitable gift annuity. In exchange for your gift of cash or stock to the ACLU Foundation, you receive fixed payments for Life at attractive rates, while securing a partial tax-deduction, if you itemize. It's also a wonderful way to provide for loved ones.
Take the next step:
Bequests through your retirement plan
Charitable Gift Annuities
Confidential Bequest Intention Form (Printable PDF)
Confidential Bequest Intention Form (Secure online form)
Estate Planning Resources
Please note: This information is not intended as tax or legal advice. We recommend that you consult with your legal and financial advisors to learn how a gift would work in your circumstances. Laws and regulations governing all gifts and availability of certain life income gifts vary by state.