Outright Gift of Cash

The Power of a Simple Gift_

One of the easiest and most common ways for you to support the Smithsonian Institution is with a gift of cash. Cash can be used to support our work in the form of:

An outright gift. By making a cash gift by check, credit card, or money order today, you enable us to meet our most urgent needs and carry out our educational mission on a daily basis. You will have the opportunity to see your generosity in action and will also receive a federal income tax charitable deduction, if you itemize.

A payable on death (POD) account. A POD bank account or certificate of deposit names one or more persons or charities as the beneficiary of all funds once you, the account owner, pass away. The beneficiary you name has no rights to the funds until after your lifetime. Until that time, you remain in control and are free to use the money in the bank account, change the beneficiary, or close the account.

There are several other ways to make cash donations as part of the gift types below. To learn more, click on the links below.

Ways to Use Cash

An Example of How It Works

Gifts That Pay

Your payments depend on your age at the time of the donation. If you are younger than 60, we recommend that you learn more about your options and download this FREE guide Plan for Retirement With a Deferred Gift Annuity.

Next Steps

  1. Contact the Office of Gift Planning at 888-419-7584 or legacy@si.edu for additional information on giving a gift of cash.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you include the Smithsonian in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal Name: Smithsonian Institution
Address: 1000 Jefferson Drive, SW, 4th Floor PO Box 37012 MRC 035 Washington, DC 20013-7012
Federal Tax ID Number: 53-0206027