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Planned gifts can help provide for your family, save taxes, and enhance your financial objectives, while establishing an enduring legacy that will directly impact students and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Many alumni and friends have used planned gifts to support student financial aid, faculty research, and design innovation.
Types of Planned Giving
- A Charitable Bequest is an easy and tax-advantaged way to make a generous gift to the GSD and create a lasting legacy. You can establish a bequest through your will or living trust, or by naming the GSD as the beneficiary of your retirement account or life insurance policy. Sample language to include in your will.
- Charitable Gift Annuities are a tax-wise way to secure income for you and/or your heirs while making a gift to the GSD. A minimum gift of $25,000 is required for the first annuity, and Harvard will make fixed payments based on the age of the beneficiary(ies). Link to view Harvard University Gift Annuity Rates.
- Other gift types include: Gifts of Real Estate, Charitable Remainder Trusts, Charitable Lead Trusts, Donor Advised Funds, and Gifts of Art, and other assets.
Benefits of Planned Giving
When you establish a planned gift, you become a member of the Warren Society, a remarkable community of design thinkers who stay connected to the GSD. Through invitations to special events, exhibits, and lectures, listing in our annual GSD Giving report, and GSD events around the United States, you can join with other passionate design leaders who are making enduring impacts.
Sample language to name the GSD in your will or living trust documents
I give ($ dollars OR % OR all of the residue of my estate) to the President and Fellows of Harvard College (Tax ID: 04-2103580), a Massachusetts educational, charitable corporation for the benefit of the Graduate School of Design.
Bequests can be tailored to your interests and the School’s priorities.