Planned Giving

Create a lasting legacy for future generations through a planned gift to the Hudson River Museum.

By including the HRM in your estate plan, you provide a vital source of capital and endowment income to ensure that the Museum can continue our mission to engage, inspire, and connect diverse communities through the power of the arts, sciences, and history. Learn about the various giving opportunities available at the HRM below.

If you have made plans to include a bequest to the Hudson River Museum or would like assistance in planning your gift to the Museum, please call (914) 963-4550 x212 or email We want to personally thank you, ensure that we can accommodate your wishes, and welcome you as an HRM Legacy Society member. All information will be held in strictest confidence.

Image: Albert Herter (American, 1871–1950). Vase of Flowers, ca. 1910. Oil on board. Gift of Mrs. Harriet C. Herter, 1981 (81.6).


A bequest is a gift made by will or trust and can allow you to make an important contribution to a charity without diminishing your assets during your lifetime. Here is sample bequest language to include a request to the Hudson River Museum: “I give [the residue of my estate], or [ __% of the residue of my estate], or [the sum of dollars] to the Hudson River Museum.”

If you have already prepared a will, your attorney can add the Hudson River Museum as a beneficiary through a simple amendment called a codicil. If you wish to designate your gift for a specific purpose or bequeath an item for the collection, we strongly advise you to discuss your intentions with us to ensure we can fulfill your wishes. Please note, our policy is to accept objects only if we intend to accession them into the collections.

Endowment Opportunities

Your planned gift can establish the ultimate legacy—a named general operating endowment to provide funding for the Museum and its activities in perpetuity. Endowed opportunities are also available for designated areas of interest at the Museum.

Retirement Funds

Retirement plans such as IRAs and 401(k)s are subject to “double” taxation. The combination of estate and income taxes can seriously erode the value of retirement savings if left to an individual other than a spouse. Naming the Hudson River Museum as the beneficiary or contingent beneficiary of all or a portion of these assets is an option to consider: leaving other, less taxed assets to your heirs.

Life Insurance

Life insurance can offer another way to make a major gift to the Hudson River Museum. By naming the Museum as the beneficiary (or contingent beneficiary) of an existing policy, you retain lifetime ownership of the policy, keeping the right to cash it in, borrow against it, and change the beneficiary.

Charitable Gift Annuities

This type of gift provides you and/or another beneficiary with fixed income for life in exchange for an irrevocable gift of cash or securities to the Hudson River Museum. The rates of return depend on your age at the time of the gift, but rates are generally higher than those available from money market accounts or CDs, for example. Income payments can be given to you on a monthly, quarterly, semiannual, or annual basis. You can start receiving income immediately or defer it until you retire. You will receive an income tax charitable deduction immediately upon making your gift, and a portion of each annuity payment is tax-free income.

Charitable Trusts

A Charitable Remainder Trust provides you with income for either life or a fixed term from the date the gift is made. When the trust terminates, the Hudson River Museum receives the trust’s principal. An immediate income tax charitable deduction is available for an amount equal to the present value of what the Museum can be expected to receive when the trust terminates. You select the beneficiaries, trustees, and the distribution rate.

Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust, a trust that is planned to provide a fixed payout.

Charitable Remainder Unitrust, a trust that is planned to provide a variable payment that fluctuates with the value of the underlying assets.

A Charitable Lead Trust allows you to transfer assets to a trust that pays an annual amount to the Hudson River Museum for a set number of years, with the assets in the trust ultimately passing on to another beneficiary, such as your children. With proper planning, the trust may be able to help you pass assets to a younger generation with significantly reduced gift or estate taxes.

Gifts of Stock, Securities, Cryptocurrency, and Other Estate Assets

A gift of commonly held, publicly traded stocks or securities, cryptocurrency or other assets is a wonderful way to share your compassionate support. Please contact us for assistance at or (914) 963-4550 x212.

Gifts to the Collections

The Museum welcomes gifts for its permanent collection. We ask that gifts be made in the areas in which we collect, and that you notify the Hudson River Museum of your intentions in advance so that we may review and approve your gift.

Items of highest interest to the Hudson River Museum are works by American artists and designers, as well as important historical items relevant to Westchester County history.

Each offer is assessed on a case-by-case basis by the Museum’s Curatorial Department. If you would like to donate an item to the Museum, please email with images and as much information as possible about the item(s).

You may also choose to give a fractional interest in an object during your lifetime, which will allow for a current charitable gift deduction for the value of the percentage that is given to the Museum. Your remaining interest in the work would be promised to the HRM and could be given during your lifetime or through your will or trust.


Please note, the purpose of this web page is to provide information of a general nature only. Advice from your own legal and tax counsel should be sought when considering any gift arrangement.

Information for Advisors
The Hudson River Museum is also pleased to provide information to attorneys or other advisors regarding gifts to the Museum that they may share with clients. For information, advisors should contact the Hudson River Museum Advancement Office at or (914) 963-4550 x212.

For Your Reference
The Hudson River Museum’s federal tax ID number is 13-2670081. The Museum’s full legal name is Hudson River Museum of Westchester.