Planned Giving

What are planned gifts?

Planned gifts made to the Sciencenter help to ensure the future of science education, while helping donors to enjoy maximized financial benefits for themselves and their families. Planned gifts are donations that help donors combine their philanthropic interests with their personal financial and estate planning needs.

Some examples of planned gifts include:

  • Outright bequests made in a will or living trust
  • Naming an organization as the beneficiary of an IRA and other pension plan
  • Life Income Gifts, such as charitable remainder trusts or pooled income funds
  • Gifts of life insurance
  • Gifts of appreciated securities designated for endowment
  • Real estate and certain types of other property

For more information please contact Monika Collins, Sr. Director of External Relations at (607) 272-0600 ×122, or mcollins@sciencenter.org


Did you know?

  • Anyone with a will can be a planned gift donor
  • Many planned gifts “cost less” than giving cash because of significant tax savings
  • Planned gifts can increase your retirement income
  • A planned gift may help you make a larger donation while simultaneously increasing your current income

Honoring individuals who invest in the future of the Sciencenter by including a gift to the Sciencenter’s endowment in their estate plans.

Through their generous intent and thoughtful action, Catalyst Society members help to ensure the Sciencenter has the resources to continue offering exciting and engaging hands-on science for future generations.

Membership in the Catalyst Society is complimentary and is extended to anyone making a planned gift to the Sciencenter.

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