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Make us a beneficiary of your IRA or other “non-probate” assets

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Why beneficiary designations are so powerful

Assets not included in your will are called non-probate assets. Examples are 401(k)s, IRAs, life insurance policies, and other accounts. Designating the American Diabetes Association as a beneficiary can have a big impact and may avoid unwanted taxes for your heirs.

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Charitable benefits

Receive an estate tax charitable deduction
Reduce the burden of taxes on your family
Continue to use assets or property during your lifetime
Leave a lasting legacy to American Diabetes Association
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Common gifted assets for beneficiaries

  • IRA
  • 401(k)
  • Life insurance
  • Joint real estate
  • Joint bank accounts
  • Joint property ownership

Designate American Diabetes Association® as a beneficiary to one or more of your accounts.

The American Diabetes Association® (ADA) is leading the charge to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Designating ADA as a beneficiary have a big impact and can often prevent unwanted taxation.

You can leave a legacy to cure diabetes

The American Diabetes Association® (ADA) donors have helped fuel notable achievements including scientific advances and pioneering discoveries for both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. The ADA has helped people impacted by natural disasters gain access to medicine, empowered diabetes advocates and supported unparalleled research projects. Your generosity makes an impact for people living with diabetes.

ADA funded researcher Dr. Greg Morton

ADA funded researcher Dr. Greg Morton

Colin Chambers

Colin Chambers

“My philosophy is this: If you do well in life, you have to give back,” he said. So when he started thinking about planning his estate, he wondered, “Where should my money go and who would receive the greatest benefit? I am not married and have no children, but I really want to help others. I thought it would be wonderful to provide funds for the American Diabetes Association so they could enhance their diabetes education and do more research.” Colin Chambers passed away towards the end of 2020 and his gifts beyond his lifetime are supporting the mission he believed in.

Frequently Asked Questions

A non-probate asset is an account or other asset that won’t be governed by the decisions you make in a will. Instead, these accounts commonly have an assigned beneficiary that you choose. Types of non-probate assets include many retirement accounts, life insurance, some bank accounts and some assets (like a house or vehicle) that you jointly own with another person.

The most commonly gifted non-probate asset is an IRA or 401(k). This is because these accounts are always taxed (even for people below the estate tax threshold). Giving these accounts to charity keeps your heirs from having to pay unexpected taxes.

Yes! Even if you have a will in place you still need to designate beneficiaries for your non-probate assets.

No. You can usually make these easily and at no cost to you. 

Please let us know so that we can thank you! By including the ADA, you are among a group of wonderful and forward thinking people who want to contribute to the fight to end diabetes.

Yes! Gifts of any size are deeply appreciated. Many people choose to leave a percentage of their estate, which scales up or down with your estate size.

Yes, we would love to welcome you to our Legacy Society and thank you for your generosity.

Yes! Knowing in advance about your plans is quite helpful. We will fully respect your wishes and not share your name or intentions as requested.

Yes. You are always free to revise or update your estate plans.

We’re here to help you meet your goals!

Our team would be happy to speak with you in confidence about your giving goals, with no obligation.

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Phone: 888-700-7029


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