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    Retirement Accounts – Legacy Gift

    An easy way to make a legacy gift is simply to designate the Palo Alto Medical Foundation as a beneficiary of your retirement plan.

    Funds in your retirement plan have never been subject to income-tax. So your heirs will have to pay income-tax on the proceeds. But gifts to charitable organizations are income-tax free. Use retirement funds to make your charitable gifts and use other assets for your heirs.

    Administrators of retirement plans use a standard form to change your beneficiary. This is true for an IRA, 401(k), or 403(b) plan. Please contact your bank, broker, or plan administrator to obtain the right form.

    If you have an employer sponsored retirement plan, please contact your Human Resources Department for the proper form.

    With a gift from your retirement plan you can:


    The most common legacy gifts are beneficiary designations of a retirement plan or life insurance policy, or bequests made in a will. There are many additional ways to make a difference, and the Department of Philanthropy will gladly work with you to find an option that is right for you.

    Contact us for a retirement brochure or to let us know that we are already one of your beneficiaries. Thank you for being our partner in health care.