Creating a Legacy Through Planned Giving

The Graham T. Allison Society recognizes individuals who contribute to Harvard Kennedy School through planned gifts. These commitments enhance the School’s ability to address changes that may come in the future. The Society is named for former dean of Harvard Kennedy School Graham Allison, whom many consider to be the founding dean of the modern Kennedy School.

Making a Bequest

Including the Kennedy School in your estate plans is a meaningful way to support the School’s students, faculty, programs, and mission.  There is no minimum nor maximum amount for a bequest.

Charitable Gift Annuity

A gift annuity is a contractual agreement between you and Harvard. In exchange for your gift, Harvard agrees to pay you or another beneficiary a fixed and guaranteed sum each year for life. On the death of the last beneficiary, your gift will be used by Harvard Kennedy School for the purpose you designated.

Charitable Remainder Trust

With a transfer of cash, stock, or other appreciated assets to a charitable remainder trust, you can generate lifelong income for yourself or other beneficiaries and claim an income tax deduction.

Lead Trust

Forming a charitable lead trust allows you to pass wealth on to heirs with little or no estate or transfer taxes.

Other ways of giving

Gifts of real estate and other property can benefit Harvard Kennedy School in ways that provide you with flexibility with your estate and retirement planning. You may also wish to name Harvard Kennedy School as a beneficiary of the remainder of your retirement account or life insurance policy. Other gift property can include stock in privately held companies, partnership interests, and personal property such as artwork, antiques, and collectibles.

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