How to Create Your Legacy

Every day, the patients, care-giving professionals, and researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering count on the hope your generous contributions have provided. But did you know there are ways to continue helping us work toward the progressive control and ultimate cure of cancer long after you're gone?

Through these special types of gifts, you can balance your need to provide for loved ones and maintain control of your estate with a desire to support the Center.

Please consider these opportunities, which allow you to direct the special way in which we remember you.

Make a Gift Through Your Will
Many people choose to designate a percentage of their estate, which allows the flexibility to benefit their loved ones and the Center as circumstances changes.

Boost Your Retirement Income
A gift annuity is a special type of donation that allows you to support MSK while providing periodic payments to you or someone you designate.

Reduce Taxes on Your Retirement Plan Assets
Individual Retirement Assets (IRAs) and 401(k)s are excellent vehicles for accumulating assets during retirement, but they are far less effective for transferring wealth to your loved ones.

Make an Easy Gift and Still Save on Taxes
Three of the easiest yet tax-wise ways to support MSK can be accomplished in a matter of seconds with a pen or a keyboard. All you have to do is change the beneficiary designations on a document or form. Retirement account assets, a savings account, certificate of deposit, or a life insurance policy may be donated in this quick and easy way.

Our ability to fulfill the hopes and dreams of those affected by cancer begins with you. These gifts can extend your legacy beyond your lifetime.

Have a Question? We Can Help
If you would like to speak directly and confidentially with a member of the Planned Giving staff about how a gift through your estate plans can support the work of MSK in patient care, cancer research, and education, please contact:

Toll free: 800-688-1827 email:

Contact Us

Our staff is available to help, in confidence and without obligation.

Toll free: 800-688-1827

If you have included MSK in your estate plans, please let us know.