Why make a Legacy Gift?

Have you ever considered extending your charitable giving beyond your lifetime? What kind of legacy would you like to leave? By remembering Gilda's Club Rochester and becoming a member of our Red Door Society in your gift planning, you can give those with cancer a brighter future for generations to come. Legacy gifts are often called the "ultimate charitable gift," not because of their size but for the wonderful spirit in which they are made.

Gilda’s Club is entirely dependent on private support for its services and operations. Members of the Red Door Society are a critical part of our strategy to ensure that we can grow our programs to serve more persons with cancer and their families.

How to Make a Legacy Gift

Here are four easy ways to become a member of the Red Door Society:

  • Designate a percentage or amount from your retirement plan (you can get the beneficiary form from your retirement plan website)
  • Name Gilda's Club in your will (see wording below)
  • Leave stock or real estate (this will eliminate capital gains taxes)
  • Give life insurance (name Gilda's Club as the beneficiary of an existing policy)

  • How to include Gilda's Club in your Will:

    An attorney can add a charity to a will through an addendum that specifies a percentage or dollar amount: “I/We give, devise and bequeath ____ percent of my/our estate OR $_____ to Cancer Action Inc. DBA Gilda’s Club Rochester, 255 Alexander Street, Rochester, NY 14607 for its corporate uses and purposes.” Please have the attorney contact us with any questions they may have.


    How to include a Charity in your Retirement Plan:

    Download the beneficiary form from the retirement plan’s website, complete it and forward it to the plan administrator with a copy to the charity. Many choose to make the charity a partial beneficiary.

    Please Inform Us

    We would like to know of legacy gifts to help assist us in our future planning. Please complete and return this form to us at 255 Alexander Street, Rochester, NY 14607. If you have any questions, please contact Rod Christian, Director of Individual Giving and Partnerships at 585-423-9700 ext 305 or rchristian@gildasclubrochester.org. Thank you!

    Download Legacy Form