Planned Giving


What is a planned gift?
A planned gift results from a donor's careful consideration as to the purpose of the gift, the assets to be used, the gift's timing, its effect on income-tax planning, its effect on estate-tax planning, and its impact. onor's family members and friends. A planned gift is best made with the counsel of one's key financial advisors (attorney, accountant, insurance professional, banker, financial planner, etc.). A planned gift is often a gift of assets.

What is the best planned gift for me?
Every situation is unique. What matters most is what the you wants to accomplish with the gift. In what way do you want to benefit the American Swedish Historical Museum? How can your gift have the biggest impact?

Once the purpose of the gift has been determined, then the practical aspects - the assets to be used, the financial benefits to be emphasized, the documentation of the gift's purposes - can be worked out with you and your advisors.

How can the ASHM help me?

The American Swedish Historical Museum is happy to help donors evaluate their giving options and consider their opportunities. We can provide information that will help you make efficient use of the counsel of your advisors.

The ASHM does all it can to assure that donors are properly thanked and recognized, in the present, for plans leading to future gifts.


Bequest Language
A planned gift can be as simple as adding the American Swedish Historical Museum to your will. To name the American Swedish Historical Museum in your will, you can include the following language:

I give to the American Swedish Historical Museum, the sum of $_____ (or, ____ percentage of my estate).

The full value of a bequest is deductible for federal estate tax purposes, and there is no limit to the size of a bequest.




Matching gifts can double or even triple your gift to the American Swedish Historical Museum.

Check with your company to see if it offers corporate matching. If it does, you can maximize your contribution and increase the impact of your gift. For example, if your company matches one for one, for a donation of $50, the museum would receive $100. That would also have you recognized in the Bronze Circle instead of the Friends Circle!


Friends Circle
Bronze Circle
Silver Circle
Gold Circle
Vasa Circla
Serafimer Circle

Under $100
$100-249
$250-499
$500-999
$1000- 4999
$5000 and abov

A matching gift by your company or organization extends your generosity by adding a match amount to your own gift, at no additional expense to you. Nationwide, more than 3000 companies, foundations and institutions offer gift-match programs. The impact is significant.

If you have already made a gift to the ASHM or are about to make one, please check with your and/or your spouse's employer's human resources department to see if it has a corporate matching gift program. Don't forget, too, that many employers will match the gifts of their non-employee directors, retired employees, and the spouses, widows, or widowers of retired employees.




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