Gift Planning What Will Your Legacy Be? When you leave a charitable gift to the Smithsonian Latino Center in your will, trust or by beneficiary designation, you forever become part of our familia. The U.S. Latino community is a tapestry of vast cultures and rich histories, each born of a unique past. Your gift to the Latino Center is a legacy for future generations and ensures all audiences can find their stories reflected in the nation’s museum. There are many ways to make a planned gift to the Latino Center. To explore the best giving opportunity for you and your family, please contact Sarah Sosa-Acevedo at SLClegacy@si.edu. Ways to Give Make a Gift to the Center in Your Will or Trust Leaving a gift in your will or revocable living trust is a wonderful way to ensure that your support of the Smithsonian Latino Center impacts generations to come. You may designate a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your estate to the Latino Center, while leaving other assets to your family and friends. There is no minimum requirement. Every gift counts. To make a gift in your will or trust, follow these simple steps: Provide your attorney with the following sample language: "I give the [residue of my estate], [__% of the residue of my estate], or [the sum of ___dollars] to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC for the benefit of the Smithsonian Latino Center." Notify us so we can welcome you to the Smithsonian Legacy Society. Make a Gift to the Latino Center by Beneficiary Designation Naming the Smithsonian Latino Center as the beneficiary of a retirement account is a smart way to give. Income from a retirement account is often taxed more heavily than other assets and so may become a liability for your loved ones. Because the Smithsonian Latino Center is tax-exempt, 100 percent of your gift will go toward creating your legacy. You can also name the Smithsonian Latino Center as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy, certificate of deposit, bank or brokerage account, as well as a donor-advised fund. To make a gift by beneficiary designation, follow these steps: Contact your retirement plan administrator, bank, broker, or insurance company and request a beneficiary form. Write "Smithsonian Institution, for the benefit of the Smithsonian Latino Center, Washington, DC, Federal Tax ID Number 53-0206027" as a sole, partial, or contingent beneficiary of your account. Sign and return the beneficiary form to your plan administrator and keep a copy for your files. Notify us so we can welcome you to the Smithsonian Legacy Society. A Gift to the Latino Center that Pays You Back When you create a charitable gift annuity with the Smithsonian Institution, you receive stable annual payments for life and a charitable income tax deduction in the year you make the donation. A gift annuity is simple and flexible, and it gives you the satisfaction of making a gift that benefits you now and provides future support to the Smithsonian Latino Center. Smithsonian Legacy Society We hope to welcome you to the Smithsonian Legacy Society and a lifelong relationship with the Latino Center. The Legacy Society provides you with opportunities to connect with other philanthropists who share a love of learning and a commitment to the mission and future of the Smithsonian Latino Center. As a Legacy Society member, you will be among the first to learn about new exhibitions and programs, and you will be invited to special donor receptions and events, such as the annual Legacy Society event at the Latino Center. Your gift will be noted in the Smithsonian Annual Report, or you may choose to remain anonymous. Please talk with us about how you can be part of the Campaign for the future Smithsonian Latino Gallery with your legacy gift. To explore the best giving opportunity for you and your family, please contact Sarah Sosa-Acevedo at SLClegacy@si.edu.