Gifts that make an impact after your lifetime


Wills and bequests

Remembering St. Jude in your will or bequest is a meaningful way to help find cures for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

See our list of life events that could mean your will is due for an update.

Provide now for a future gift to St. Jude by including a provision in your will or other estate plans. You can specify how you would like us to use your gift.

There are many benefits to including St. Jude in your will or bequest:

  • A bequest costs nothing now, yet gives you the satisfaction of knowing you have provided for a charity’s future.
  • You retain control and use of your assets during your lifetime.
  • You may modify your bequest if your circumstances change.
  • Gifts from your estate may be exempt from federal estate taxes.

How it works


Life insurance

If you have a life insurance policy that you no longer need because of a change in your life circumstances, you can give a paid-up policy to St. Jude, or even a policy on which you are still paying premiums.

There are two simple ways to set up a gift of life insurance:

  • You can irrevocably designate St. Jude as the owner and beneficiary of your life insurance policy. By doing so, you may be entitled to a generous charitable income tax deduction.
  • You can name St. Jude as irrevocable beneficiary, but retain ownership of the policy itself. Call or write to your insurance company to request a form to make this change of beneficiary.

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Retirement plans

Most people do not use all of their retirement assets during their lifetime, and those unused assets can be used to make a gift to St. Jude.  

A retirement plan can be a tax-efficient and simple way to include St. Jude in your estate plan. The best method is to name St. Jude as a beneficiary on your plan's beneficiary designation form. Because charities do not pay income taxes on the donations they receive, distributions to St. Jude will not be taxed as income.

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Other assets

You may have additional assets that can be put to use helping fund the lifesaving mission of St. Jude, such as:

  • CDs
  • Bank accounts
  • Savings bonds
  • Mutual funds
  • Real estate

If you would like to make a gift through one of these assets, please contact us at (800) 395-1087, and a St. Jude representative can help you get started.


For more information about how to include the children of St. Jude in your plans, please call (800) 395-1087, or contact us online.