Gifts That Cost You Nothing Now

Yes, you can make an impact for future generations in the fight against hate by creating a gift that costs you nothing now.

You can help create a safer world simply by signing your name. There is no need to write a check now; you maintain control of your assets during your lifetime, and you can change your gift at any time and for any reason.

We are pleased to offer ADL supporters complimentary access to an estate planning service through Giving Docs, an independent digital estate planning platform. Giving Docs makes it simple to create a will to support your loved ones and the causes you care about most. The platform is simple, easy to use, and legal in all 50 states. To learn more and access this new resource, visit

If you have already included a gift in your estate plans to benefit the future of ADL, be sure to let us know so that we may best honor your wishes.

Gifts in a Will

A gift in your will or trust is one of the easiest and most common ways to create your legacy with ADL, a legacy that envisions justice and fair treatment to all — because we are stronger together.

A gift in your will is one of the easiest ways to create your legacy and offers the following benefits:


Your gift will create your legacy of fighting hate now and for generations to come.


You can alter your gift or change your mind at any time and for any reason.


Costs you nothing now to give this way; your gift transfers to ADL only after your lifetime.


You can make loved ones and ADL your beneficiaries.

Here are several simple ways to include a gift in your will:

A specific bequest

A gift of a specific sum of money or item of property. For example, “I give a sum of $25,000 to ADL,” or “I give my antique desk to my niece, Sarah.”

Residuary bequest

Another common way of leaving a gift to charity while leaving the majority of assets to loved ones. “I give the balance of my estate (or some percentage of the remainder of my estate) after all other bequests are satisfied, to ADL.”

Contingent bequest

A gift made on condition that a certain event occurs. This kind of bequest is often used to leave gifts to charity. For example, “I give $25,000 to my friend Christina, if she survives me — or, if not, to ADL.”

You can mix these no-cost ways together. For example, you might consider leaving a specific percentage (such as 50%) of the residual to ADL or your local council contingent upon the survival of your spouse.

Gifts by Beneficiary Designation

Gifts by beneficiary designation are an easy way to give that costs you nothing now.

Gifts by beneficiary designation are among the simplest gifts to make. They do not require you to create a will or visit a lawyer, they cost you nothing now and you can change your beneficiaries at any time.

It’s easy to put your retirement funds, insurance plan, bank account and brokerage accounts to use to create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people – and it costs you nothing now.

By naming ADL as a beneficiary of these assets, you will help to fight antisemitism and secure justice and fair treatment for all. And your legacy will be helping to create a more just and inclusive society.

Potential benefits of gifts by beneficiary designation:

Reduce or eliminate taxes on retirement assets

Reduce or avoid probate fees

No cost to you today

Create your legacy of fighting hate with ADL

Types of Gifts

A gift of retirement funds:

This option is becoming increasingly popular. Naming ADL as a beneficiary of your retirement plan can be an attractive option for creating a legacy while reducing income and possibly estate taxes for your loved ones. Since ADL is a tax-exempt organization, naming us as a beneficiary means that 100 percent of your gift will go toward fighting hate and creating hope for generations to come.

A gift of funds remaining in your bank accounts, brokerage accounts or a certificate of deposit (CD):

This is one of the easiest ways to make a real difference. The next time you visit your bank or log on to your online account, you can name ADL as the beneficiary of a checking or savings bank account, a certificate of deposit (CD) or a brokerage account. When you do, you’ll help create a safer, more hopeful world, today and for future generations.

Donor-advised fund (DAF) residuals:
When you establish a DAF or update your DAF succession plan, you may be able to name ADL as the beneficiary of funds remaining after your lifetime, allowing you to take a stand against bigotry and help create a world without hate.

How to update a beneficiary designation:

Simply request a change of beneficiary form from your plan administrator and add ADL as a full or partial beneficiary. You can often do this by logging into your account online.


Be sure to clearly designate our organization: Anti-Defamation League Foundation.


Include our tax identification number: 13-2887439

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