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Planning for the Risks in Your Life
Change-Your-Mind Gift Options and the American Red Cross

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The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disaster and help prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

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Change-Your-Mind Gift Options and the American Red Cross

A wide variety of gift techniques are available to donors who want to support the American Red Cross but feel they need to keep full control of their financial resources during life.

Make a bequest.
Gifts by will are the oldest form of revocable gift arrangement – a time-honored way to "give something back" to the society in which you have lived.

Include us in your living trust.
Many individuals have revocable living trusts. It's easy to include the American Red Cross as an additional beneficiary, with the same flexibility available to donors who have wills.

Earmark a financial account for the Red Cross.
Generally speaking, it's possible to leave financial account proceeds to an individual or organization without making or changing a will. Ask the manager at your financial institution about the necessary paperwork for naming a death beneficiary.

Give IRA or pension death benefits.
Naming the American Red Cross as death beneficiary of a retirement plan may be good tax planning, because income taxes – and possibly "death taxes" – that may come due at death are wholly avoided.

Make us a life insurance beneficiary.
You can leave the Red Cross part or all of the proceeds of a life insurance policy. Just ask your company for a beneficiary form. Any of the above gifts qualify you for membership in our Legacy Society. For more information, just call our office 1-800-797-8022, ext. 5 or visit us at

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