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An insurance policy that you no longer need can be a convenient way to make a gift to National Geographic. You can name National Geographic as the primary beneficiary, or if you prefer, as a contingent beneficiary in the event that your other beneficiaries don't survive you. When you name National Geographic as a beneficiary and irrevocably assign ownership to us, you receive a charitable deduction. Your estate taxes will be reduced because proceeds are removed from your potential gross taxable estate.

How a Gift of Life Insurance Works

You can make a gift of life insurance simply by naming National Geographic the beneficiary of an existing policy. Just contact your insurance company and ask for a change of beneficiary form. After your lifetime, the proceeds of the policy pass to National Geographic, free of federal estate tax, to support the work of our mission.


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