The Perfect Holiday Gift to Honor a Loved One

When you give to an organization like Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, you gain the satisfaction of knowing that your contribution is helping improve and save lives.

You may know someone who shares your affection for doing good by supporting the same charitable organizations and causes that you care about, including MSK. If you have a friend or family member—living or deceased—whose life has been touched by MSK, consider making a memorial or tribute gift to us in his or her name.

When you recognize those closest to you, such as your mother, father, spouse, mentors, or other special loved ones, with a gift to MSK, you can honor that special person, support our lifesaving care and research, and possibly receive personal financial benefits.

Your Charitable Choices

Three basic methods are available for establishing a memorial or tribute gift:

  • A gift today—An outright gift can help fund our immediate needs or an upcoming project. The financial benefits include an income tax charitable deduction and the possible elimination of capital gains tax.
  • A gift through your estate plan—You can include a gift in your will or living trust, stating that a specific asset, certain dollar amount, or percentage of your estate will pass to MSK at your passing in honor of your loved one.
  • A gift that lives on forever—Honorary endowments can be made now or through your estate plan. Endowments are structured so that a small portion of your gift, rather than the whole amount, is used each year to fund a particular purpose. To perpetuate the fund forever, the majority always remains intact and is invested.

Honor Their Commitment

Making a memorial or tribute gift is a wonderful way to acknowledge someone's dedication to the causes closest to him or her. Contact the Office of Planned Giving at 800-688-1827 or plannedgiving@mskcc.org to learn more about ways to recognize someone special.

Contact Us

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

Toll free: 800-688-1827
E-mail: plannedgiving@mskcc.org

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