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NF Legacy Society

Planned Giving: Join the NF Legacy Society

Our vision is to end NF. We owe it to future generations of NF patients and families to see that vision become a reality. And as long as there is the Children’s Tumor Foundation, there will always be an advocate fighting hard for the NF community.

The Children’s Tumor Foundation NF Legacy Society consists of individuals who have taken the extra initiative to ensure the future of NF research by including the Children’s Tumor Foundation in their estate plans. A planned gift or bequest through your will allows you to designate a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your estate to the Children’s Tumor Foundation. A bequest may reduce the amount of your taxable estate, increasing the amount available to loved ones. Please talk to your attorney or financial advisor to determine the best way to include CTF in your estate plans.

Your planned gift is an investment in the organization’s long-term future, ensuring that the Children’s Tumor Foundation will continue to lead the way in the fight to end NF.  It is a legacy of which you can be proud.

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Free Will

Through our partnership with FreeWill. CTF is happy to offer you the ability to create a legally valid will online. It’s 100% free to you, and most people finish in 20 minutes or less. We also offer you the ability to create a free, revocable living trust.

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If you have already included CTF in your will, please get in touch with Kim Robinson.

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Your Personal Legacy

Three Options for Getting Started

Preparing your estate plan does not need to be cumbersome or complicated. Here are three gift-planning options available to all Children’s Tumor Foundation supporters, which will create your legacy and may provide tax benefits and retirement income.


Use your will to make a charitable gift to the Children’s Tumor Foundation. A charitable bequest to CTF made in your will can take many forms:

  • You can designate a percentage of your estate.
  • You can designate a specific sum of property can leave an asset, such as real estate, securities, or other property, after other beneficiaries receive the portions you designate.
  • You can make CTF the contingent beneficiary of your estate if your spouse/partner or other beneficiaries passes away before you.
  • You can also create a charitable trust in your will to benefit CTF.

With all these methods of requests, you can designate exactly how you would like the funds to be used. You can also choose to make an unrestricted bequest, which allows CTF to use your contribution wherever it is needed most. For bequests conveyed to the Children’s Tumor Foundation through a will, you receive no tax benefits during your lifetime, but when you die the value of the bequest may be deducted from your taxable estate, relieving your loved ones of possible added estate tax burdens.

How It Works: To make a bequest to CTF, you will need to use the correct language in your will: “I hereby give and bequeath [amount, percentage amount, or property you are giving] to the Children’s Tumor Foundation, NewYork, NY for its general purposes.” To ensure that your wishes are followed exactly, we suggest including CTF’s full name and address in your will: Children’s Tumor Foundation 120 Wall Street, 16th floor New York, NY 10005, Tax ID number: 13-2298956.

Retirement Assets

Make sure your retirement assets include CTF as a beneficiary. You worked hard to save money for your retirement. Donating to CTF is a way to make sure that the remaining funds in your retirement account will help support the issues you care about. Retirement assets left to anyone but a married spouse can be subject to high estate taxes. When left to CTF, the full value of your remaining retirement assets will go directly to the organization. That’s why many donors name CTF as the beneficiary of their retirement plans.

How It Works: To make a gift of retirement assets, such as a401(k), 403(b), IRA, or pension fund, you can simply name the Children’s Tumor Foundation the beneficiary or contingent beneficiary of all or part of any retirement account that allows you to name beneficiaries. When you die or if your primary beneficiary does not survive you, the remaining assets will go to CTF. Please note that there are significant taxes associated with leaving retirement assets to individuals. Depending on the type and amount of retirement assets you own, estate taxes could cut those assets nearly in half, and income taxes on the proceeds to your beneficiary could then cut the leftover amount even more! However, retirement assets left by a nonprofit organization are not taxed at all.

Life Insurance

Include CTF as the beneficiary of your life insurance policy. For many people, life insurance policies are less important later in life, when financial obligations like the cost of raising and educating children and paying a mortgage tend to decrease. This makes the gift of life insurance an excellent planned-giving vehicle. It enables sup-porters to leverage relatively modest premium payments into a significant contribution toward CTF’s fight to end NF.

How It Works: There are a number of ways to make a gift of life insurance to the Children’s Tumor Foundation as the beneficiary or contingent beneficiary of all or a portion of the proceeds of your policy. You can also transfer ownership of the policy to the Tumor Foundation outright. When you donate your life insurance policy to CTF, you can claim an immediate income tax deduction for the current value of the policy, and your future premium payments are also deductible.

A Message From Susan Salpeter

“I am so impressed with the work CTF is doing to improve the lives of those with this disease. I was diagnosed almost 60 years ago when there was limited knowledge of the disease and treatments. In recent years CTF has helped fund research that has provided meaningful understanding of the disease and treatments are becoming available. I am committed to helping further the mission of CTF by including it in my estate plan.”

Susan SalpeterNF Legacy Society
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The Children’s Tumor Foundation has helped the field of NF research make tremendous progress toward finding treatments, so that people like my daughter Rose can live a better life. My planned gift will keep that progress moving forward for generations to come, and I’m grateful that I can be a part of that future.

Stuart SunaNF Legacy Society Member and CTF Board Member

I'm a member of the NF Legacy Society because giving back is part of who I am. I'm proud to donate to CTF and I want to ensure that the work they are doing to end NF can continue until a cure is found.

Marcia MillerLongtime CTF Supporter

Frequently Asked Questions

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How long will creating my will at Freewill take?

The Children’s Tumor Foundation has partnered with FreeWill: a free online resource that guides you through the process of creating a legally valid will in just 20 minutes. We are excited to offer this resource to our CTF community so you can protect the people and causes that matter most to you.

Can I donate my retirement assets?

For individuals able to provide for loved ones through other means, making a gift of retirement assets, such as a 401(k), 403(b), IRA, or pension fund, may save your partner or spouse the significant burden of paying both estate and income taxes on the assets.

What about a donation of my life insurance?

Donating your life insurance policy to the Children’s Tumor Foundation may allow you to claim an immediate tax deduction for the current value of the policy, and you may possibly deduct future premium payments.

What is the Children's Tumor Foundation Tax ID Number (TIN)?

Children’s Tumor Foundation Tax ID number: 13-2298956

Does a Legacy gift really make a difference?

Since 2006, bequests have brought in nearly $4 million towards the Foundation’s mission. These gifts allow the Foundation to invest in and fund innovation at the moment it is needed and ensure that CTF will fund its mission no matter the circumstances. It’s a legacy of which you can be proud!

Aside from tax advantages, are there NF Legacy Society member benefits?

As a way to thank the members of our NF Legacy Society, we are pleased to host an annual donor reception virtually via zoom with the Foundation President. These receptions provide our NF Legacy Society members the opportunity to hear about exciting research the Foundation is funding, learn the status of new NF clinical trials, and hear about innovative projects the Foundation is working towards. These intimate donor events provide our most important supporters the chance to meet, and learn from each other, share stories, and build community.

Contact Us

If you would like to speak to someone directly, please reach out to Kim Robinson, (646)738-8587.

Other Ways to Give

Making a Planned Gift to the Children’s Tumor Foundation is just one of many opportunities that you have to make a difference in the lives of those living with NF, now and in the future.