When you include Harvard Medical School in your estate plan, you create a legacy to help secure a healthier tomorrow.

Your planned gift directly helps to improve health and well-being for all.

Which gift option is best for you?

Your Goal(s) Future Gift:
Wills & Trusts
Future Gift:
Beneficiary Designations
Income Generating Gift:
CGA
Income Generating Gift:
CRT
Estate Tax-Beneficial Gift:
CLT
Reduce income taxes      
Reduce estate taxes
Reduce capital gains taxes      
Received fixed income for life        
Receive income for life, hedged for inflation        
Keep assets during lifetime      
Help your heirs avoid income tax      
Contributing Assets          
Cash  
Appreciated securities  
Real estate      
Art, antiques, patents, and other personal property      

Assets to Give

  • Cash/Credit

    • Qualify for a deduction for the full value of your gift
    • Utilize the deduction for up to 60 percent of your Adjusted Gross Income
    • Carry forward any unused deduction for up to five additional years


    Learn more about how to give »

  • Beneficiary Designations

    Designating HMS as a beneficiary of your IRA, investment account, savings account, or donor-advised fund is as easy as filling out a form. These assets make for tax-wise gifts to HMS—especially retirement accounts, which can be the most highly-taxed asset many people hold and are subject to income tax when distributed if left to individuals.

    How it works:

    • Name HMS as a full or partial beneficiary of the remainder of your IRA, 401(k), 403(b), Keogh, tax-deferred annuity, or other qualified retirement plan. Also consider other accounts in your asset umbrella such as investment accounts, savings accounts, or donor-advised funds.
    • Request a change of beneficiary form from your plan administrator and name the “President and Fellows of Harvard College, for the benefit of Harvard Medical School” as a beneficiary, along with the percentage you would like HMS to receive. Complete the form and submit it to your broker, banker, or agent. In many cases, the process can be completed online.

     

    If you are 72 years old or older, you can transfer up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to Harvard Medical School.

    • CHECK
      Download the IRA Rollover Letter of Instruction and request that your IRA administrator issues a check for your selected dollar amount directly to HMS.
    • STOCKS/SECURITIES
      Contact the Harvard Management Company at 866-845-6596 or donorsecuritygifts@harvard.edu. To ensure proper processing of your gift, please notify Harvard of the transfer by completing this online form.
    • WIRE TRANSFERS
      Direct transfer to the following account:
      Bank of America, 100 Federal Street, Boston, MA 02110
      President and Fellows of Harvard College, ADS account
      Account #: 9429263621
      Ach ABA: 011000138
      Wire ABA: 026009593
      Swift Code: BOFAUS3N
    • Once the wire transfer arrangements have been made, please provide the following information to giftplanning@hms.harvard.edu:
      Name/location of bank sending the transfer Amount of gift / Date of transfer
      Name of the HMS fund, program, or research area the gift is supporting 
  • Real Estate

    There are several options to consider, including donating all or a percentage of the property, putting it in a charitable trust that affords you income for life or making a testamentary gift of real estate in your will or trust. You can save on taxes, increase your income, and direct how your gift will be used by HMS.

    • Obtain assistance from Harvard in selling your property
    • Secure a charitable income tax deduction and potentially save on gift and estate taxes
    • Receive quarterly income for life from a trust or annuity 
    • Unlock appreciated assets without incurring capital gains tax
    • Avoid separate investment management fees for certain gifts and access broad investment diversification through Harvard Management Company
    • Fuel support for medical student scholarships, biomedical research, or global health care delivery

    Acceptable properties

    • Personal residence
    • Vacation home
    • Farm or agricultural land
    • Ranch
    • Commercial property or lot
    • Undeveloped or unimproved land


    For more information, please contact our gift planning team at 800-922-1782 or email giftplanning@hms.harvard.edu.

  • Securities (Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds)

    • Qualify for a deduction for the mean market value of a security you have owned at least one year
    • Utilize the deduction for up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income
    • Carry forward any unused deduction for up to five additional years
    • Reduce potential capital gains tax
    • To make a gift of securities, please contact the Alumni and Development Services-Trust Administration at 866-845-6596 or donorsecuritygifts@harvard.edu
    • To ensure proper processing of your gift, please notify Harvard of the stock transfer by completing this online form.
    • All mutual fund transfers must be coordinated with the Alumni and Development Services-Trust Administration. For the team to determine the appropriate instructions, please call 866-845-6596 or email donorsecuritygifts@harvard.eduwith the following information: the name of the mutual fund, the number of shares, date of acquisition, and where the fund shares are currently held.


    For more information, please contact our gift planning team at 800-922-1782 or email giftplanning@hms.harvard.edu.