Planned Giving

One Charitable Gift,
Lasting Legacy

  • Your gift will bring the Smithsonian and all it has to offer to future generations
  • You will become a member of the Smithsonian Legacy Society and receive invitations to lectures, behind-the-scenes tours and travel opportunities
  • You will enjoy tax benefits
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Gifts of Insurance

A gift of your life insurance policy is an excellent way to make a gift to the Smithsonian. If you have a life insurance policy that has outlasted its original purpose, consider making a gift of your insurance policy to the Smithsonian. For example, you may have purchased a policy to provide for minor children and they are now financially independent adults.

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Benefits of gifts of life insurance

  • Receive a charitable income tax deduction
  • If the Smithsonian retains the policy to maturity, you can receive additional tax deductions by making annual gifts so that we can pay the premiums
  • If the Smithsonian cashes in the policy, you will be able to see firsthand how your gift supports our charitable work
  • If we retain the policy to maturity, or you name us as a beneficiary, once the policy matures, the proceeds of your policy will be paid to our organization so that we can use the proceeds to further our charitable work

How to make a gift of life insurance

To make a gift of life insurance, please contact your life insurance provider, request a beneficiary designation form from the insurer and include the Smithsonian as the beneficiary of your policy.

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If you have any questions about making a gift of a life insurance policy, please contact us. We would be happy to answer questions that you have.

Please let us know if you have already named us as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy. We would like to thank you and recognize you for your gift.

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