Endowed Gifts

Your Gift Can Last Forever_

An endowment gift creates a permanent legacy for you, allows you to honor a family member or loved one, and provides a steady stream of funds to sustain the Smithsonian well into the future.

Your endowment donation will be invested wisely. That way, the endowment grows, even as annual payouts of about 5% keep the Smithsonian in the vanguard of scientific, cultural, historic and artistic inquiry.

Endowment gifts made long ago still benefit our nation—and the world.

An Example of How It Works

Couple Smiling Longtime supporters Susan and Charlie have two goals: First, they want to make sure the Smithsonian continues to receive support after they're gone. Second, they want to memorialize Charlie's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jones.

Susan and Charlie make a $50,000 donation to the Smithsonian (minimum for an endowment), which we invest, and each year, a portion of the income from the invested money will be used to support our mission in honor of the Joneses. Plus, Susan and Charlie qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction on their taxes.

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. To learn more about how you, too, can have such an enduring impact, contact the Office of Gift Planning at 888-419-7584 or email legacy@si.edu.
  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