Legacy Gifts

As DHS continues to build on more than 150 years of work, gifts from individuals will play an increasingly vital role in our future. Our ongoing success depends on the support of generous donors who believe deeply in our mission and wish to help preserve Delaware history and support the full range of the Society’s outstanding history programs.

You can be part of this enduring legacy by remembering DHS in your will. Regardless of the size of your estate, a bequest is one of the simplest ways to personally make a difference in the future of the Society. If you wish to make a bequest, informing us of your plans is a good idea for several reasons. First, it will ensure that we understand your wishes so that your gift will be used exactly as you intend. Second, it allows the Society to make note of your gift as we plan for the future. And finally, it gives DHS the opportunity to honor you and show our appreciation for your planned gift.

The term "planned giving" also refers to major gifts that involve financial or estate planning. Several other gifting options are available, including charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, gifts of life insurance policies and gifts of tangible property and art. Such gifts can provide important benefits both to you and to the future of DHS. Gift annuities, for example, may offer tax benefits today as well as a continuing income stream for the donor. Any of the options that you choose will help ensure that DHS can continue to provide a world of inspiration and creative opportunities for generations to come.

The staff of the Society looks forward to working with you and your advisors to structure a gift that will best fulfill your charitable goals. We also partner with the Delaware Community Foundation and we can offer the full range of their expertise as we work to identify your gift to the Society. For more information, please call Maggie Meyers at 302-655-7161 or mmeyers@dehistory.org

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