A Legacy for Future Generations

 

The strength of a nation lies in its memory… This is what distinguishes man. If we wish to live and if we wish to aspire life to our offspring, if we consider ourselves duty bound to pave a way to the future then first of all we must not forget….” 

– Prof. Benzion Dinur, Israeli Minister of Education, 1956

 

For over 60 years, Yad Vashem has been the leading memorial to the six million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people visit Yad Vashem to pay tribute to those who lost their lives during one of history’s darkest times.

Yad Vashem is dedicated to commemorating the events of the Shoah by by researching and documenting the lives of those murdered, to preserve for future generations. As the number of survivors dwindle, this mission is becoming more important than ever.

But we cannot do it alone. We need your help to give a voice to those who can no longer speak for themselves.

 

Create a meaningful LEGACY gift.

By including the American Society for Yad Vashem in your estate plan, you guarantee a future that confronts denial and indifference.
Please consider any of the following ideas to create your legacy:

  • Name the American Society for Yad Vashem in your will or living trust.
  • Designate the American Society for Yad Vashem as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, IRA, or life insurance policy.
  • Establish a planned gift that provides guaranteed lifetime income for you and/or your spouse.

 

Arranging for a gift through your will or living trust is simple.

Below is standard language that may help your estate planning goals:

I give to the American Society for Yad Vashem, EIN 13-3106768, a non-profit organization incorporated in New York with its principal offices at 500 Fifth Avenue, 42nd Floor, New York, NY 10110-4299.

  • The sum of $_____, to be used where it is needed most.
  • _____% of my residuary estate to be used where it is needed most.
    OR
  • All of my residuary estate to be used where it is needed most.

The language above is not meant to take the place of qualified legal counsel.

 

It’s your choice.

Bequests: Provisions in your will or revocable trust designate how your assets will be distributed after your lifetime. Charitable bequests can eliminate or reduce Federal estate tax. Bequests can designate a dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or a specific item.

Beneficiary Designations: By designating the American Society for Yad Vashem as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, insurance policy, or other financial account, you can realize your charitable goals while continuing to enjoy the benefits of your assets in your lifetime. You may also benefit rom significant tax savings by avoiding both estate and income taxes in your estate.

Lifetime Income Gifts: You can make a gift to the American Society for Yad Vashem and receive a fixed income stream from the gift for you and/or your spouse. This method of giving includes an irrevocable transfer of the gift, and an agreement detailing the income you and/or your loved one4s will receive. Tax benefits include an income tax deduction as well as reducing capital gains as estate taxes.

 

For more information:

Chris Morton
Director of Planned Giving
CMorton@Yadvashemusa.org
(212) 220-4304