Planned Giving

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center proudly announces the formation of a new Legacy Society. This new group will guarantee the safeguarding of our precious artifacts and the continuation of our educational programs.

We each plan our future in different ways. Some people can make an outright gift; others must plan for later years. Whether you are creating a will for the first time or revisiting your estate provisions, we hope you will include the Museum in your philanthropic plans.

“I don’t have THAT kind of money to leave the Museum in my will.”

This is a common concern. There are many people who worry about making a donation to the museum just as much as there are many people who are worried about the importance of making a will. The truth is that ANY amount is needed and appreciated! If you’d like to free up more money for philanthropic causes, you can always look into Key Equity Release which will give you an additional stream of income during retirement. There are so many things that you will need to consider when you are retiring, for example, it’s important that if you are retiring sometime soon that you do something like compare the whole equity release market. This will help with your retirement plans.

Checking out different articles is good for you and your retirement plans, researching to acquire all the knowledge needed to retire without stress is essential, you will want to make sure you have planned thoroughly to get the best retirement life possible. As you may already know, retirement living is becoming more popular, people are wanting to retire to relax and enjoy life without working long hours and having to stress about their working life, in order to make this process easy going you will want to get financially stable and secure. You’ll be happy to know that all your work will pay off in the end. Not only due to you saving for your retirement but also because part of your income has been paying into your Social Security and you and your family may be eligible for your Social Security benefits. While you can’t choose who to leave your benefits too, you can find out about the eligibility for Social Security survivor benefits should something unexpected happen to you. Retirement is the next step in life and while some people would happily run to meet it others want to know that they are prepared. It isn’t all planning and money orientated though, having fun and joining communities to express your lifestyles and celebrate the general community is a big part of the retirement journey. Keeping up social and mental activities will keep your mind healthy in retirement, and a healthy retirement is a happy retirement, so it is important to keep active, even if you have stopped working.

There are many ways to join the Legacy Society and guarantee the future of your Museum. We are here to help guide you through this process. Click on a few of these ideas listed below to learn more.

Give Through Your Will Life Insurance Real Estate
Retirement Accounts Gift Annuities Gifts of Appreciated Security

To explore your complete Planned Giving options, please call the Museum Planned Giving Department at 847-967-4502 for a private discussion or contact your tax adviser.

The Museum’s Legacy Society is made up of group of thoughtful friends of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center who want to ensure that the Museum they love today can continue to fulfill its mission for years to come. Through an estate provision or planned gift to the Museum in any amount, Museum Legacy Society members are acknowledged in the Museum’s annual report and receive invitations to special events. We invite you to join this special group whose impact will be felt generations in the future.

Legacy Society committee members to date:

Nathan Brill
Aaron Elster
Fritzie Fritzshall
George Giddens
Sam Harris
Leslie Meisner
Abbey Romanek
Howard Swibel

Give through your will

A bequest through a will or living trust is perhaps the most familiar way to transfer a donation. The gift can be a percentage of your estate or a fixed amount. With this method you retain full use of your property and funds during your lifetime and are assured that your estate will be distributed according to your instructions. This is also a great way to involve your children and grandchildren in the giving process.

Retirement Accounts

Retirement plans including IRAs, 401 (k) plans, and others are subject to significant taxes, which can substantially reduce the value of the plans upon your death. There are ways to minimize these taxes and if you choose to make the Museum a partial or whole beneficiary of the plan, taxes can be avoided.

Life Insurance

You may have a life insurance policy that you no longer need. You can make the Museum the owner and beneficiary of the policy and receive a sizable charitable deduction. Simply ask the insurance company for forms that will change the beneficiary and ownership designations.

Gift Annuities

A charitable gift annuity is an agreement between you and the Museum in which you transfer cash or marketable securities in exchange for a steady stream of income. The annuity rate is based upon your age at the time of the gift, and payments will then be paid to you annually, semi-annually, quarterly, or monthly. Under this agreement, you receive a current income tax deduction and the Museum’s promise to make fixed payments to you for life, after which the balance remaining in the fund is added to the Museum’s endowment. By making a gift of the securities to the Museum and retaining a lifetime annuity, you receive payments based on the full current value of the securities.

Gift of Real Estate

Real estate can be contributed to Museum in ways that afford the donor many benefits. Donors may convey real estate to the Museum, either as an outright gift or to establish a charitable remainder trust. This is a substantial way to avoid taxes on an appreciated property.

Gifts of Appreciated Security

You can donate appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares you have owned for more than one year to the Museum and receive an immediate income tax deduction for the fair market value of the securities on the date of transfer and you pay no capital gains tax when the stock is sold.


Although the Museum is closed for now, we invite you to visit our Virtual Museum and connect with us online! We have a wide range of virtual programs and tours available.
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