PLANNED GIVING

A gift of life insurance that you no longer need can be an easy way for you to provide generous support to Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research.

A gift of life insurance could be right for you if:

  • Your life insurance policy is paid up or has substantial cash value.
  • You have no loan outstanding against the policy.
  • Your family is well-provided for by other means.
  • You would like to make a generous gift to Whitehead Institute.

How it works

Option 1:  You give your policy to Whitehead Institute.
As the policy owner, Whitehead Institute will either cash in your policy and use the proceeds, or maintain the policy until it ends and then receive its face amount. Your benefits will include:

  • An immediate income tax charitable deduction for the value of your policy.
  • No change in your cash flow.
  • The satisfaction of making a generous gift to Whitehead Institute.

Option 2:  You designate Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research as a beneficiary of your policy. When your policy ends, Whitehead Institute will receive some or all of your policy's death benefit, as you have designated. Your benefits will include:

  • The death benefit of your policy will not be included in your estate, which may save estate tax if your estate exceeds the applicable exemption amount.
  • No change in your cash flow.
  • The satisfaction of making a generous gift to Whitehead Institute.

This option offers the additional benefit that you can change your mind about your gift at any time should circumstances in your life change. 

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Your life insurance may have a new purpose to serve
You may have purchased a life insurance policy years ago when you wanted to protect your family from financial hardship in case of your untimely passing. Now that your children are grown and independent, your mortgage is paid off, and you have accumulated sufficient assets in your estate to pass on to your family, you may no longer need your life insurance policy for its financial protection.

If this is your situation, consider making a gift of your life insurance policy to Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. The value of your policy can provide generous support to our mission without affecting your cash flow.

Give a paid-up life insurance policy
A paid-up life insurance policy is a policy that will stay in force without any additional premium payments. A paid-up life insurance policy is a valuable asset and makes an excellent gift. 

When you give your paid-up insurance policy to us, we will either cash in the policy immediately and use the proceeds, or maintain the policy until maturity and receive the death benefit of the policy.

Because this kind of gift is irrevocable, you will receive an income tax charitable deduction for the value of your gift at the time you transfer your policy to us, providing tax savings if you itemize. You will also remove your insurance from your estate, potentially saving estate taxes, as well.

In order to make your gift, you must assign Whitehead Institute all ownership rights to your policy and make Whitehead Institute the irrevocable designated beneficiary of the policy. Usually this can be accomplished by completing a simple form from your insurance provider. Be sure to identify us as: Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, 455 Main St Cambridge, MA 02142, Federal Tax Identification Number: 06-104-3412

Make Whitehead Institute a designated beneficiary of your policy
Another great way to make a gift to us with your life insurance policy is to make Whitehead Institute a designated beneficiary of your policy. When your insurance reaches maturity, we will receive the amount or proportion you designate. You can change your designation at any time, giving you the flexibility to revise your gift for any reason.

Because your gift is revocable, you do not receive an income tax charitable deduction at the time you create the designation. Rather, your estate will receive an estate tax deduction for the amount your insurance policy distributes to us if your estate is subject to tax.

It is very easy to make Whitehead Institute a designated beneficiary of your life insurance policy. Simply contact your insurance agent to make a change on your policy's beneficiary designation form. Be sure to identify us as: Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, 455 Main St Cambridge, MA 02142, Federal Tax Identification Number: 06-104-3412

A few states will not allow you to give life insurance to a charity
For your gift of life insurance to be valid, your state of residence must consider a charity to have an "insurable interest" in your policy. Most states do, but verify that this is true in your state before you make your gift.