Planned & Estate

Create a legacy, and a better world, with the Danforth Center. A sustainable world for future generations starts with your planned or estate gift today.


Achieve your giving goals and ensure your legacy.


When you support the Danforth Center with a planned gift, you are helping find sustainable solutions to some of the 21st century’s most pressing challenges. There are several ways to create a legacy and support the work of the Danforth Center in a tax-efficient manner.

Gifts that cost you nothing now


  • Bequests: The simplest way to create legacy while reducing estate taxes by simply adding language to your will. Provides a way to endow the giving that you have provided during your lifetime.
  • Retirement plans and Donor Advised Funds: Naming the Danforth Center as the beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k), 403(b), or Donor Advised Fund is a very tax-efficient way to give. Provides a charitable deduction to your estate.

Gifts that give back


  • Charitable Gift Annuities: In exchange for a gift of cash or securities to the Danforth Center, you receive fixed payments for life.
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts: If you are concerned about the high cost of capital gains tax upon sale of appreciated property, the CRT may be for you.

When you make a planned or estate gift to the Danforth Center, and notify us that you have done so, we will welcome you into the Danforth Center Legacy Society. Members of the Legacy Society enjoy special communications and invitations to exclusive events.

For more information, contact the Development Office via email or call 314.587.1234.