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Make your will Sample bequest language

We also offer the ability to create a Revocable Living Trust

Everybody needs a will

Whether you’re 18 or 108, everyone should have a will in place. People use wills to choose who gets their property, name guardians for minor children, provide a plan for pets, and more.

Through a will, many people also choose to leave a part of their estate to American Diabetes Association® and make an impact on the causes they love, for years to come.

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Why give in your will?

Continue to use assets or property during your lifetime
Potentially reduce your estate tax burden
Leave a lasting legacy to American Diabetes Association®
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Common gifted assets in wills and trusts

  • Financial accounts
  • Real estate
  • Vehicles
  • Brokerage accounts
  • Crypto and NFTs
  • Personal property
Joyce Barros

Joyce Barros’ Story

“The diseases my parents had were hard on them, and I hope my gifts will make it easier for other people going through what they did,” Joyce continued. “I hope that the American Diabetes Association will use this gift in honor of my dad to continue its research and find a cure for diabetes. I really wanted to make a difference and pay tribute to my parents. By contributing gifts in their memory, I feel good knowing that I am giving back.”

Make your will online!

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. In as little as 20 minutes, you can help support our mission for future generations.

We also offer the ability to create a Revocable Living Trust

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Bequest and Trust Language

A gift in your will or trust is a simple way to make a difference. You can either make a specific bequest of cash, securities, real property, or leave a fraction or percentage of your remaining assets. One of the most popular ways to in include the American Diabetes Association® in an estate plan is through a will or codicil. Our Bequest and Trust language resource provides specific language for your or your advisors.


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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 Jun Zou, PhD

ADA-funded researcher Jun Zou, PhD

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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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Beneficiary designations

Gifting assets not covered by your will — like 401(k) or IRA accounts — may help your heirs avoid unwanted taxes, even if you’re below the estate tax threshold.

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Gifts that pay you back

Give assets while providing yourself or others with income for a period of time or distributions at a later date.

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Popular tax-smart gifts

Many people are increasingly choosing to give non-cash assets, so they can have a bigger impact at less cost to them.

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