Gifts That Cost You Nothing Now

Two easy ways to make gifts that will have an impact for those in need for generations to come — and they don’t cost anything now.
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Gifts in a Will

Making a gift to LLS, the largest nonprofit dedicated to creating a world free of blood cancers, is easy to do in your will or trust — and it costs nothing now.

By including LLS in your will or trust, you can make an impact on future generations of those inflicted with cancer. Your gift enables LLS to work on your behalf to support blood cancer research, patient support, advocacy and policy.

A gift in your will is one of the easiest ways to create your legacy of a world free of blood cancer. You can find suggested language to make this type of gift here.

A gift in your will is one of the easiest ways to create your legacy of a world free of blood cancer. You can find suggested language to make this type of gift here.


No Cost

Costs you nothing now to give in this way.



You can alter your gift or change your mind at any time and for any reason.


Lasting Impact

Your gift will create your legacy of accelerating new cancer cures.

4 simple, “no-cost-now” ways to give in your will:

General Gift In Your Will

Leaves a gift of a stated sum of money in your will or living trust. For example, you might decide to leave each of your grandchildren $10,000. It’s considered to be ‘general’ because it doesn’t specify from where the money comes.

Residual Gift In Your Will

Leaves what is left over after all other debts, taxes, and other expenses have been paid.

Specific Gift In Your Will

Leaves a specific dollar amount, percentage, fraction, or specific items (collections, art, books, jewelry, and so on).

Contingent Gift In Your Will

Leaves a stated amount or share only if a spouse, family member or other heir/beneficiary does not live longer than you. In other words, your gift is contingent upon whether or not they survive after you.

Gifts by Beneficiary Designation

It’s easy to put your bank accounts, retirement funds, savings bonds, and more to use in a world without blood cancers because of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)  — and it costs nothing now.

By naming LLS as a beneficiary of these assets, you power a lasting impact of fighting cancer. Your gift impacts the young and the old, patient and caregiver, and becomes part of your personal legacy to the world.


Potential benefits of gifts by beneficiary designation:

Reduce or eliminate taxes on retirement assets

Reduce or Avoid Probate Fees

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Create Your Legacy with LLS

To name LLS as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, contact your bank or insurance company to see whether a change of beneficiary form must be completed.

How to Change a Beneficiary Designation:

Login to your account or request a Change of Beneficiary Form from your custodian (the business holding your money or assets).

Follow the links to change your beneficiary or fill out the form.


Be sure to spell the name of our organization properly:
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Inc.


Include our tax identification number: 13-5644916


Save or submit your information online or return your Change of Beneficiary Form to your custodian.

A Gift of Retirement Funds (Beneficiary of Your Retirement Plan):

You can simply name LLS as a beneficiary of your retirement plan to ensure patients can access the lifesaving treatments they need.

A gift of funds remaining in your bank accounts, brokerage accounts or certificate of deposit (CD):

This is one of the easiest gifts to give and one of the most useful in accomplishing what you want – helping fight cancer. The next time you visit your bank, you can name The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (Tax ID: 13-5644916) as the beneficiary of a checking or savings bank account, a certificate of deposit (CD), or a brokerage account. When you do, you’ll take a powerful step toward advancing the most cutting-edge treatments for blood cancers for generations to come.

Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) residuals:

What remains in a Donor-Advised Fund is governed by the contract you completed when you created your fund. When you name LLS as a “successor” of your account or a portion of your account value, you are taking a stand to defeat cancer.

Savings Bonds:

If you have bonds that have stopped earning interest and you plan to redeem them, you might owe income tax on the appreciation. That could result in your heirs receiving only a fraction of the value of the bonds in which you invested. Since LLS is a tax-exempt organization, naming us as a beneficiary means that 100% of your gift will go toward groundbreaking research and pioneering many of today’s most innovative approaches.


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