Legacy Giving

At the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, we are committed to preserving the history of our National Pastime for generations to come.

One way that you can ensure that the memories of the game’s greatest moments and players are preserved for the next generation of passionate baseball fans is to consider a legacy gift as part of your estate planning.

Estate gifts leave a lasting legacy for you and help ensure that baseball’s rich history, and the priceless artifacts that document it, can be enjoyed by future generations.

There are a number of flexible giving options available to you that will make a lasting impact in Cooperstown.

Giving Through Your Will

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Make a gift (bequest) through your will to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum to ensure future generations of fans always have a home to celebrate the history of baseball.

A bequest is one of the simplest ways to make a significant impact.

In as little as one sentence, you can update your estate plans with this type of gift.

TYPES OF BEQUESTS

Specific Bequest: A gift of a specific dollar amount or specific assets (i.e. securities, real estate or personal property) that you arrange for the Museum to receive.

Percentage Bequest: Instead of a fixed gift amount from a specific bequest, a percentage bequest designates a set percentage of your estate to support the Museum.

Residual Bequest: This type of bequest gives all or a portion of the balance of your estate to the Museum after the payment of expenses and any gifts to other beneficiaries.

Contingent Bequest : A contingent bequest gift is made to the Museum only if the bequest designated to the primary beneficiary or beneficiaries cannot be met.

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BENEFITS

• There is no cost to you now.

• A bequest is flexible if you need to modify or update your will.

• It allows you to provide your heirs with specific gifts, while also supporting the Museum.

• A charitable bequest may minimize or eliminate your estate tax - maximizing the work of your gift.

• Your gift will have a significant impact, helping to preserve baseball history and creating a lasting and personal legacy for you in Cooperstown.

NEXT STEPS

1. Please consult with your tax, legal and financial advisors.

2. If you include the Museum in your estate plans, use our legal name and federal tax ID
Legal Name: National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Address: 25 Main Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326
Federal Tax ID #: 15-0572877

3. Contact Ken Meifert, Vice President, Sponsorship and Development at 607.547.0286 or [email protected] if you have included the Museum in your estate planning so that you can be recognized, for additional information on bequests or to discuss different giving options for your estate plans.

GIFTS OF LIFE INSURANCE

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A life insurance policy is a versatile financial planning tool that can also be a powerful and simple way to support the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

WAYS TO GIFT LIFE INSURANCE

Name the Museum as a beneficiary of your policy: This method of giving is as simple as updating your beneficiary designation form with your insurance company. You can designate the Museum as the primary or secondary beneficiary of your life insurance policy for a percentage or specific amount. The Museum could also be designated as a contingent beneficiary.

BENEFITS

• A gift of life insurance is generally easy to make.

• It allows you to provide your heirs with specific gifts, while also supporting the Museum.

• Your gift will have a significant impact, helping to preserve baseball history and creating a lasting and personal legacy for you in Cooperstown.

NEXT STEPS

1. Please consult with your tax, legal and financial advisors.

2. If you include the Museum in your estate plans, use our legal name and federal tax ID
Legal Name: National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Address: 25 Main Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326
Federal Tax ID #: 15-0572877

3. Contact Ken Meifert, Vice President, Sponsorship and Development at 607.547.0286 or [email protected] if you have included the Museum in your estate planning so that you can be recognized, for additional information on bequests or to discuss different giving options for your estate plans.

Contact Us

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Ken Meifert
Vice President, Sponsorship and Development
607.547.0286
[email protected]

Jason Schiellack
Director of Development and Sponsorship
607.547.0230
[email protected]