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Make a gift through your estate that costs nothing during your lifetime by designating the Cancer Support Community (CSC) as a beneficiary in your will.

When you plan a legacy gift, you will be invited to join the CSC Legacy Circle, our honored group of friends who include CSC in a will or trust, or with a retirement plan or insurance policy.

A Gift In Your Will

Your attorney or tax adviser can provide guidance on the best planned giving options for you. If you would like to speak to us about naming the Cancer Support Community as a beneficiary, please call 202-650-5386.

You can shape the next advances in support programs and services for cancer patients and ensure their continued existence by using planned gift options that offer you a variety of benefits.


Charitable Remainder Trust - This popular type of trust can be customized in many ways to provide income to you or others for life or for a specified term. When the trust ends, the remaining assets are gifted to charitable beneficiaries. A charitable remainder trust offers many benefits:

  • Flexibility - You select rate, term, income recipients and charitable beneficiaries
  • Increased income if the trust is funded with low-yielding assets
  • Fixed or variable payments to income beneficiaries
  • An income tax deduction when the trust is created
  • Capital gains tax benefits if funded with appreciated assets
  • Federal estate tax savings and reduced estate settlement costs

Charitable Lead Trust - Donors who are not seeking additional current income but are concerned about preserving the value of an estate when passing assets to heirs might find benefits in a charitable lead trust. In this reverse of the remainder trust, a lead trust pays income to charities for the term of the trust. The remainder goes to individuals that you named. This can be a tax-wise way to transfer appreciating assets to heirs by freezing the value at the date the trust is created. The lead trust offers these benefits:

  • Flexibility - You select rate, term, charitable income recipients and remainder beneficiaries
  • Fixed or variable payments to charitable income recipients
  • Accelerated income tax deduction for future charitable gifts into the current year
  • Family beneficiaries will receive assets when the trust terminates free of gift or estate taxes on any growth that occurs within the trust.

Retirement Plans, Insurance Policies, Beneficiary Designations

Retirement Plans - Most retirement plans - such as an IRA, 401(k) or 403(b) - are tax deferred until funds are withdrawn. If passed on to loved ones, the tax burden can be significant. Consider leaving other assets to heirs and use tax-deferred accounts for charitable causes.


  • You keep control of accounts as long as you live.
  • Beneficiary designations are easy and cost nothing to arrange.
  • You can name one beneficiary or several.
  • You can change your mind at any time.
  • Because CSC is tax-exempt, the entire remaining balance helps save lives.
  • Obtain a beneficiary designation form from your bank or plan administrator. Forms can often be found online or requested using the contact information on your monthly statement.

Life Insurance - Life insurance can be used for charitable giving in several ways:

  • Designate CSC as a beneficiary of an existing life policy or insurance annuity. Although there is no immediate tax benefit, it is easy, involves no fees, and can be changed any time.
  • Donate a paid-up whole-life policy. Name CSC as policy owner and beneficiary to receive a tax deduction equal to the cash surrender value or cost basis, whichever is less.