Save the Places Where
History Happened

photo by: Lincoln Barbour

Pope-Leighey House

Why Give to the National Trust

It’s because of the passion and dedication of our advocates and supporters that the National Trust for Historic Preservation is able to save hundreds of historic places each year. A future commitment ensures that the places that matter, the places that make up the fabric of America, are preserved for generations to come. Help us tell the story of our heritage by giving a future gift to the National Trust.

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Ways to Make History Your Legacy

A Gift in Your Will or Trust

Historic Route 66

photo by: David Kafer

Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum, Pontiac, Illinois

With as little as one sentence, you can make a gift in your will or trust that significantly impacts the efforts of the National Trust to preserve history. Whether you choose to give a set amount or a percentage of your estate, your support ensures we have the resources to save America’s historic places.
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Charitable Gift Annuities

Delta Queen

photo by: Franz Neumeier

Delta Queen

Feel confident that you have dependable income in your retirement years with a charitable gift annuity. This gift can provide you with regular payments and provide the National Trust the resources to help preserve historic places. You can also qualify for a variety of tax benefits, including a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize.
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Retirement Plan Assets


photo by: Brian Thomson/The Ethan James Foundation

Lyndhurst, Tarrytown, New York

Retirement plan assets are a great way to support the work at the National Trust because they not only help preservation efforts, but they also can provide tax relief for your loved ones. Consider leaving your loved ones less heavily taxed assets and leaving your retirement plan assets to the National Trust.

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A Gift From Your IRA

Bear Ears

photo by: Vince Bradley/AdobeStock

Bears Ears National Monument, Utah

If you are 70½ years old or older, you can take advantage of a simple way to give to the National Trust and receive tax benefits in return. You can give up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to a qualified charity without having to pay income taxes on the money.

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Gifts of Real Estate

Vailla Finale

photo by: Carol Highsmith

Villa Finale, San Antonio, Texas

When you give us appreciated property you have held longer than one year, you qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction. This eliminates capital gains tax. And you no longer have to deal with that property’s maintenance costs, property taxes or insurance.

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Gifts of Stock or Mutual Funds

Cincinnati Music Hall

Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio

If you’re looking for a tax-smart way to save history, consider a gift of stock. When you give appreciated stock or mutual funds that you’ve owned for more than one year, you can avoid capital gains tax and receive a charitable income tax deduction when you itemize.
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