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 its 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.

Whether your intentions are to make provisions for the Museum in your estate plan, eliminate taxes, or benefit from an increased income stream, there is a gift to fit every objective. One of the simplest ways to support the Hudson River Museum is through the gift of a variety of assets. Benefits of gifting a non-chase asset include an instant income tax deduction and a possible reduction or avoidance of capital gains for you as a donor. If you would like to discuss a planned gift to the Museum, please call (914) 963-4550 x212 or email All information will be held in strictest confidence.

“By choosing to create a legacy for future generations with a bequest to HRM, you provide indispensable support to build and maintain our dynamic American art collection, new and exciting exhibitions, innovation planetarium and environmental initiatives, ongoing conservation efforts, and champion our award-winning educational and leadership programs.”
—Masha Turchinsky, Director and CEO

Legacy Society
When you support the HRM with a planned gift, you become a lifetime member of the HRM Legacy Society with the following benefits:

  • Invitations to special events
  • Invitation to Annual HRM Legacy Society luncheon with Director and CEO Masha Turchinsky
  • Special recognition on the HRM’s Donor Board displayed in our main lobby, on Our Supporters page, and in our Annual Report

It’s easy to create a lasting legacy for future generations through a planned gift to the Hudson River Museum. Several gift options exist that can support your financial planning needs while also providing for the Museum’s future.

Image: Albert Herter (American, 1871–1950). Still Life with Flowers and Fruit, ca. 1910. Oil on board. Gift of Mrs. Harriet C. Herter, 1981 (81.6). Photo: Steven Paneccasio.


A bequest is a gift made by will or trust and can allow you to make an important contribution to HRM without diminishing your assets during your lifetime. The most useful bequest is unrestricted, which allows the Museum to use your gift wherever it is most needed at the time.

Bequests can take the form of a specific dollar amount, particular assets (such as publicly traded stock and securities, real estate, cryptocurrency or tangible personal property); all or a percentage of the remainder of your estate after all other obligations have been satisfied (a residuary bequest); or even a contingent bequest, naming HRM as the beneficiary only if the named beneficiary is unable to accept the bequest. An outright bequest to HRM is fully tax-deductible for estate tax purposes.

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

There are a variety of charitable trusts that can offer a way to contribute to the Museum during your lifetime. Please speak with a qualified financial planner to discuss which one will best support your financial planning goals.

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.

A Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust provides a fixed payout.

A Charitable Remainder Unitrust provides a variable payment that fluctuates with the value of the underlying assets.

A Charitable Lead Trust allows assets to be transferred to a trust that pays an annual amount to the Hudson River Museum for a set number of years. The assets in the trust ultimately pass 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.


We are pleased to provide you with this basic information on how to create a legacy of support for the Hudson River Museum. This information is of a general nature only. Please consult your own legal, financial planning, and tax professionals when considering any planned 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 to share with their clients. For more information, advisors should contact the Hudson River Museum Advancement Office at or (914) 963-4550 x212.

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