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Donor-Advised Funds

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A donor-advised fund, which is like a charitable savings account, gives you the flexibility to recommend how much and how often money is granted to MSK and other charities.

You transfer cash or other assets to a tax-exempt sponsoring organization such as a public foundation. You qualify for an income tax charitable deduction at the time you contribute to the account. This also allows for a centralized giving and record-keeping system in one location.

You can then recommend—but not direct—how much and how often money is granted. The fund administrator has an obligation to deny grants that do not meet criteria established by law.* A significant benefit of the donor-advised fund is that it is less expensive than managing a private foundation.

Two Ways to Donate From Your Donor-Advised Fund

  1. Recommend a grant—You can recommend that your donor-advised funds are used to support MSK. It’s easy to do. Contact your fund administrator to request a distribution form or download the form from your administrator’s website and recommend that funds be distributed to MSK.
  2. Create a legacy—To continue your support after your lifetime, name MSK as a beneficiary/successor of your account. Or you can designate MSK to receive a portion of the account value. The remaining balance can be managed by your loved ones to continue your legacy of giving.

For more information on setting up a donor-advised fund to support MSK’s research and care, please contact the Office of Planned Giving at plannedgiving@mskcc.org or 800-688-1827 today.

*Recommendations that do not meet legal criteria include those that are not charitable in nature; provide a direct benefit to the donor, donor advisor, or a related party; or are directed to an individual. Grants also cannot be used to redeem a personal pledge.

Next Steps

  1. Contact our Office of Planned Giving staff at 800-688-1827 or plannedgiving@mskcc.org to discuss using donor-advised funds to support MSK's research and care.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. Evaluate a sponsoring organization to make sure it supports your interests, values, and the type of asset you are considering as a funding source.
  4. Get to know the organization’s policies and procedures—from minimum contributions to administrative fees. Each organization handles these details differently.
  5. If you include MSK in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal Name: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Address: 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065
Federal Tax ID Number: 13-1924236

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

An individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust, or retirement plan.

I bequeath to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, a New York nonprofit corporation having a principal place of business at 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065, Federal Tax ID #13-1924236, ____percent of my total estate (or $_____, or other property) to be used or disposed of as Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in its sole discretion deems appropriate.

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor-advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to MSK or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate, or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property, or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to MSK as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to MSK as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and MSK where you agree to make a gift to MSK and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

A tax imposed at one's death on the transfer of most types of property. Currently federal estate taxes are assessed in 2019 on estates worth more than $11.2 million. The maximum estate tax rate is 40 percent. Some states also impose taxes at death that vary depending on state law.

A written legal instrument created by a grantor for the benefit of him/herself (during life) or others (during life or at death).

A revocable trust established by a grantor during his or her lifetime in which the grantor transfers some or all of his or her property into the trust.

Equity or debt instruments, typically shares listed on a stock exchange, which can be readily bought or sold.