When you include Harvard Medical School in your estate plan, you create a legacy to help secure a healthier tomorrow.

Your planned gift directly helps to improve health and well-being for all.

Which gift option is best for you?

Your Goal(s) Future Gift:
Wills & Trusts
Future Gift:
Beneficiary Gifts
Income Generating Gift:
Income Generating Gift:
Estate Tax-Beneficial Gift:
Reduce income taxes      
Reduce estate taxes
Reduce capital gains taxes      
Received fixed income for life        
Receive income for life, hedged for inflation        
Keep assets during lifetime      
Help your heirs avoid income tax      
Contributing Assets          
Appreciated securities  
Real estate      
Art, antiques, patents, and other personal property      

Gifts of Special Assets

  • Real Estate

    • There are several options to consider, including donating all or a percentage of the property, putting it in a charitable trust that affords you income for life or making a testamentary gift of real estate in your will or trust. You can save on taxes, increase your income, and direct how your gift will be used by HMS.

    • Obtain assistance from Harvard in selling your property
    • Secure a charitable income tax deduction and potentially save on gift and estate taxes
    • Receive quarterly income for life from a trust or annuity 
    • Unlock appreciated assets without incurring capital gains tax
    • Avoid separate investment management fees for certain gifts and access broad investment diversification through Harvard Management Company
    • Fuel support for medical student scholarships, biomedical research, or global health care delivery

    Acceptable properties

    • Personal residence
    • Vacation home
    • Farm or agricultural land
    • Ranch
    • Commercial property or lot
    • Undeveloped or unimproved land

    For more information, please contact our gift planning team at 800-922-1782 or email giftplanning@hms.harvard.edu.

  • Securities (Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds)

    • To make a gift of securities, please contact the Alumni and Development Services-Trust Administration at 866-845-6596 or donorsecuritygifts@harvard.edu
    • To ensure proper processing of your gift, please notify Harvard of the stock transfer by completing this online form.
    • All mutual fund transfers must be coordinated with the Alumni and Development Services-Trust Administration. For the team to determine the appropriate instructions, please call 866-845-6596 or email donorsecuritygifts@harvard.edu with the following information: the name of the mutual fund, the number of shares, date of acquisition, and where the fund shares are currently held.
    • For more information, please contact our gift planning team at 800-922-1782 or email giftplanning@hms.harvard.edu.