Gifts That Cost You Nothing Now

You can pass the torch of Holocaust remembrance to future generations with a gift that costs you nothing now.

Gifts in a Will

A gift in your will or trust is one of the easiest
ways to create your legacy that gives a voice to those who can no longer speak for themselves. These gifts offer the following benefits:

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No Cost

Costs you nothing now to give in this way.


You can alter your gift or change you rmind at any time and for any reason.

Lasting Impact

Your gift will create your legacy of keeping the Holocaust relevant today and for future generations.

Here are 4 simple, ways to include a gift in your will:

General gift

Leaves a gift of a stated sum of money in your will or living trust. For example, you might decide to leave each of your grandchildren $10,000. It’s considered to be ‘general’ because it doesn’t specify from where the money comes.

Residual gift

Leaves what is left over after all other debts, taxes, and other expenses have been paid.

Specific gift

Leaves a specific dollar amount, percentage, fraction, or specific items (collections, art, books, jewelry, and so on).

Contingent gift

Leaves a stated amount or share only if a spouse, family member or other heir/beneficiary does not live longer than you. In other words, your gift is contingent upon whether or not they survive after you.

Gifts by Beneficiary Designation

Gifts by beneficiary designation are among the simplest gifts to make. They do not require a visit to a lawyer, and you can change your beneficiaries at any time.

It’s easy to put your bank accounts, retirement funds, savings bonds, and more to use for Yad Vashem — and it costs nothing now.

By naming the American Society for Yad Vashem (ASYV) as a beneficiary of these assets, you create your enduring legacy of Holocaust remembrance and education.

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Potential benefits of gifts by beneficiary designation:

Reduce or eliminate taxes on retirement assets

Reduce or avoid probate fees

No cost to you now to give

Create your legacy of Holocaust remembrance and education

To name the American Society for Yad Vashem (ASYV) as a beneficiary, contact your bank, retirement administrator or insurance company to see whether a change of beneficiary form must be completed.

How to Change a Beneficiary Designation:

Login to your account or request a Change of Beneficiary Form from your custodian (the business holding your money or assets).

Follow the links to change your beneficiary or fill out the form.


Be sure to spell the name of our organization properly: American Society for Yad Vashem.


Include our tax identification number: 13-3106768.


Save or submit your information online or return your Change of Beneficiary Form.

Types of Gifts:

A Gift of Retirement Funds (beneficiary of your retirement plan)

You can simply name ASYV as a beneficiary of your retirement plan to support the crucial efforts of Yad Vashem.

A gift of funds remaining in your bank accounts, brokerage accounts or certificate of deposit (CD)

This is one of the easiest gifts to give. The next time you visit your bank, you can name the American Society for Yad Vashem (Tax ID: 13-3106768) as the beneficiary of a checking or savings bank account, a certificate of deposit (CD), or a brokerage account. When you do, you’ll ensure Holocaust remembrance for future generations./p>

Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) residuals

What remains in a donor-advised fund is governed by the contract you completed when you created your fund. When you name ASYV as a “successor” of all or a portion of your account value, you champion Holocaust education, documentation, commemoration and research.

Savings Bonds

If you have bonds that have stopped earning interest and you plan to redeem them, you might owe income tax on the appreciation. That could result in your heirs receiving only a fraction of the value of the bonds in which you invested. Since ASYV is a tax-exempt institution, naming us as a beneficiary means that 100% of your gift will go toward teaching the lessons of the Holocaust to future generations.

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Robert Christopher Morton

Robert Christopher Morton

Director of Planned Giving

212-220-4304 ext. 213

The content found on this site is general in nature and intended to be used for informational purposes only. It should not be relied upon as legal, tax, accounting or other professional advice. To determine how a gift or estate planning decision might affect your particular circumstances, it is expressly recommended that you consult an attorney, financial advisor or other qualified professional.