Gifts That Cost You Nothing Now

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Gifts in a Will and Gifts by Beneficiary Designation are two easy ways to make gifts that will have an impact on children living in poverty for generations to come — and they don’t cost anything now.

Gifts in a Will

Making a gift to ChildFund International that touches the lives of children, families and their communities for years to come is easy to do in your will or trust — and it costs nothing now.

By including ChildFund in your will or trust, you can make an impact on future generations of families. Your gift enables ChildFund to work on your behalf to support children in safety, healthcare and education.

A gift in your will is one of the easiest ways to create your legacy of empowering underserved and marginalized children around the world.


No Cost

Costs you nothing now to give in this way.



You can alter your gift or change your mind at any time and for any reason.


Lasting Impact

Your gift will create your legacy of providing children with the basic needs they require to develop and thrive.

4 simple, “no-cost-now” ways to give in your will:


Leaves a gift of a stated sum of money in your will or living trust. For example, you might decide to leave each of your grandchildren $10,000. It’s considered to be ‘general’ because it doesn’t specify from where the money comes.


Leaves what is left over after all other debts, taxes, and other expenses have been paid.


Leaves a specific dollar amount, percentage, fraction, or specific items (collections, art, books, jewelry, and so on).


Leaves a stated amount or share only if a spouse, family member or other heir/beneficiary does not live longer than you. In other words, your gift is contingent upon whether or not they survive after you.

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Gifts by Beneficiary Designation

It’s easy to put your bank accounts, retirement funds, savings bonds, and more to use in creating a world informed and inspired by ChildFund International  — and it costs nothing now.

By naming ChildFund as a beneficiary of these assets, you support our mission of caring for impoverished children that will make a lasting impact. Your gift impacts the children who need it the most through ChildFund and becomes your personal legacy to the world.


Potential benefits of gifts by beneficiary designation:

Reduce or eliminate taxes on retirement assets

Reduce or avoid probate

There is no cost to you now to give

Create your legacy with
ChildFund International

To name ChildFund International as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, contact your bank or insurance company to see whether a change of beneficiary form must be completed.

How to Change a Beneficiary Designation:

Login to your account or request a Change of Beneficiary Form from your custodian (the business holding your money or assets).

Follow the links to change your beneficiary or fill out the form.


Be sure to spell the name of our organization properly:
ChildFund International USA


Include our tax identification number: 54-0536100


Save or submit your information online or return your Change of Beneficiary Form.

A Gift of Retirement Funds (Beneficiary Of Your Retirement Plan):

You can simply name ChildFund International USA as a beneficiary of your retirement plan to help children all around the globe get the care they need.

A gift of funds remaining in your bank accounts, brokerage accounts or certificate of deposit (CD):

This is one of the easiest gifts to give and one of the most useful in accomplishing what you want – helping children and families in need. The next time you visit your bank, you can name ChildFund International USA (Tax ID: 54-0536100) as the beneficiary of a checking or savings bank account, a certificate of deposit (CD), or a brokerage account. When you do, you’ll take a powerful step toward addressing the core issues underserved children face for generations to come.

Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) residuals:

What remains in a Donor-Advised Fund is governed by the contract you completed when you created your fund. When you name ChildFund International USA as a “successor” of your account or a portion of your account value, you are supporting deprived children living in extreme conditions and who are excluded from basic opportunities.

Savings Bonds:

If you have bonds that have stopped earning interest and you plan to redeem them, you might owe income tax on the appreciation. That could result in your heirs receiving only a fraction of the value of the bonds in which you invested. Since ChildFund International is a tax-exempt institution, naming us as a beneficiary means that 100% of your gift will go toward helping children improve their lives and bringing them opportunity that not only impacts them but also the communities in which they live.


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David Jokinen

Trusts & Estates Advisor
ChildFund International

The content found on this site is general in nature and intended to be used for informational purposes only. It should not be relied upon as legal, tax, accounting or other professional advice. To determine how a gift or estate planning decision might affect your particular circumstances, it is expressly recommended that you consult an attorney, financial advisor or other qualified professional.