It is never too early to start planning. Everyone should create a will or an estate plan to ensure that their possessions will be distributed as they desire after they have passed on.
Planning a gift to NDSS gives you the opportunity to make a lasting investment in the promising future of individuals with Down syndrome, while providing benefits to you and your family. Significant tax savings can be realized through these gift plans. A planned gift - whether it is designated to a specific program or unrestricted for use at the discretion of NDSS - may be made through a will or through a charitable gift plan.
A bequest is a transfer of property by will - for example, cash, stocks, bonds, real estate, works of art, or antiques - to an individual or to a charitable organization.
To make a gift to NDSS from your estate, you will need to sign a new will and suggest to your attorney that the following language be included:
"I give, devise, and bequeath to the National Down Syndrome Society, 8 E 41st Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10017, the sum of $_______ (or otherwise describe the gift or specify a percentage of the estate) to be used for its general purposes."
NDSS recommends that you consult with your legal and financial advisors before proceeding with any planned giving, and we would be delighted to explore planned giving options with you and encourage you to discuss the applications of planned giving approaches with your attorney or tax advisor.
If you are interested in learning more about planning a gift to the National Down Syndrome Society, please contact the NDSS Development Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.