Beneficiary Designations

Next Steps

  1. Contact the administrator of your retirement plan, insurance policy, or bank account for a change-of-beneficiary form, or simply download a form from your provider's website. 
  2. Decide what percentage (1 to 100) you would like the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to receive and name us, along with the percentage you chose, on the beneficiary form (alternatively, you may indicate a specific dollar amount you wish to leave to the Museum). Return the completed form.
  3. Contact the Planned Giving & Endowments team at 202.488.6591 or planned_giving@ushmm.org to let us know your goals for the gift so we can ensure it is used as you intend.

Legal name: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Address: 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW Washington, DC 20024-2126
Federal tax ID number: 52-1309391

Make a Gift in a Few Easy Steps

Not everyone wants to commit to making a gift in their wills or estates. Some prefer the increased flexibility that a beneficiary designation provides by using: 

  • IRAs and retirement plans
  • Life insurance policies
  • Donor advised funds
  • Commercial annuities

It is very simple to name the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a beneficiary. Start by requesting a change-of-beneficiary form from your policy administrator or download the form from your provider's website. Make your desired changes and return the form to establish your gift.

Example: How It Works

Jeff and Carol treasure the financial help they have been able to give their children and the Museum over the years. The couple recently updated their estate plan to leave stocks and real estate to their kids. They left the Museum a $75,000 IRA to be transferred after their death. Because the Museum is tax-exempt, all $75,000 will help support our mission.

If Jeff and Carol had left the IRA to their children, approximately $18,000* would have gone to pay federal income taxes—leaving only $57,000 for their family's use. Jeff and Carol are happy knowing they are making the most of their hard-earned money thanks to their updated estate plan.

*Based on an assumption of a 24 percent marginal income tax bracket.

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