After completing your estate planning, we invite you to send us a copy of the relevant section of your will or trust documents that outlines your bequest to Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. This helps us with our planning and enables us to keep you informed about our ongoing work and impact. We will keep any information you share with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights strictly confidential. By becoming a member of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights bequest family, you are making a commitment to helping us achieve equal rights for all.


Bequests are one of the most common (and simplest) ways to leave a legacy gift. Here are ways you can leave a bequest to Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights:

  • Specific bequest: Designate the amount of money or specific asset (property, securities, etc.) you wish to donate.
  • Percentage bequest: Designate the percentage of your estate you want distributed to Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights.
  • Residuary bequest: Instruct that any remaining part of your estate be distributed to Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights after distributions are made to family, friends, etc.
  • Contingent bequest: Instruct that Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights receive assets in the event that a beneficiary in your will is no longer living.

Sample bequest language:

I give and bequeath the sum of $ _____ (or __% of my estate) to Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights to be used in support of its general philanthropic purposes.

If you would like to make a charitable bequest, please note that our federal tax exempt number is 13-2522784.

Gifts of Insurance

Another simple way to leave a human rights legacy is to name Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights as a beneficiary of any individual or group life insurance policy. You will get an estate tax deduction for insurance proceeds that go to Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights upon your death.

Charitable Lead Trusts

With a charitable lead trust, you transfer cash or appreciated property to a trust that makes payments to Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights for a period of time, after which the assets of the trust are transferred to your beneficiaries. These trusts are particularly useful for managing capital gains and gift taxes for assets that have appreciated in value.

Retirement Plans and Other Investments

An IRA, 401(K), 403(b), or another qualified retirement plan has tax benefits for accumulating assets, but at death they may be subject to income and estate taxes. Without planning, over 60 percent of the value of your tax-deferred accounts may go to taxes. Bequeathing these accounts makes use of the full value of the assets. To leave your IRA or other retirement plan to Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights (either as primary or contingent beneficiary), contact your retirement plan company to request a change in beneficiary designation form.


If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact Suzanne Lutz, director of development operations, at 917-284-6151 or [email protected].

Please let us know if you have included Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights in your will, life insurance, or estate plans so that we may thank you for your generous commitment to our mission of securing a more just and peaceful world.

Our planned giving page is intended to be used for informational purposes only. When making any decision involving your financial or estate plans, we strongly advise you to seek the advice of your financial advisor.

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is committed to protecting the privacy of our donors.

If we can answer any questions or provide more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

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