Recent Renovations Made Possible by Bequests

Newly renovated space

The newly renovated C.A.R. space accommodates more visitors, provides for a new HVAC system to help preserve historic objects and offers a more pleasing aesthetic than the previous design.

Bequests are vital to the financial stability of NSDAR, especially when they are not designated to a particular fund. Daughters leave this type of gift because they trust the organization to be good stewards of their donations, and NSDAR utilizes their donations wisely and where they are needed most.

Undesignated bequests support NSDAR with major projects identified by leadership, like the recent renovation of Constitution Hall that houses the C.A.R. Museum as well as the preservation of our future by contributing to the Guardian Trust Endowment. These bequests are also available for all areas of greatest need that help to ensure that our home at 1776 D Street remains beautiful, secure and relevant for future generations to enjoy.

Specifically, NSDAR was able to restore the C.A.R. Museum to the historical integrity of John Russell Pope's original vision from 1929. Since the received bequests had no spending restrictions, we were able to support C.A.R's work to educate visitors, and showcase precious C.A.R. artifacts and memorabilia in a bright, open space.

Additionally, undesignated bequests have also supported the Guardian Trust Endowment. Thanks to these types of donations, the Guardian Trust Endowment continues to grow to support the future of NSDAR. By directing undesignated bequests to this endowed fund, we will be able to safeguard everything that NSDAR represents, like the preservation of the building and its nationwide volunteer efforts.

From the C.A.R. renovations of today to the Guardian Trust Endowment of tomorrow, all things NSDAR are made possible by bequests and especially undesignated bequests. Each gift makes a difference to preserve a piece of our history, and lives on in every corner of this building and organization. Daughters that leave these gifts have left their legacy at NSDAR, and we are forever grateful to them.

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Let us show you how your long-term gift will help preserve our shared goals, including saving pieces of our history. Please contact the Office of Development at (800) 449-1776 or browse our website for more planned giving information.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to National Society Daughters of the American Revolution a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 1776 D Street NW Washington, DC 20006, or its successor thereto, ______________ [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to NSDAR or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to NSDAR as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to NSDAR as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and NSDAR where you agree to make a gift to NSDAR and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.