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By including the German-American Heritage Foundation in your will, you help us to preserve, promote, and educate about the impact of Americans with German-speaking ancestry in building our nation; and, to excite the next generations to rediscover their roots, while strengthening the political, cultural, and economic transatlantic relations. The language in your will can be as simple as “I hereby give, devise and bequeath to the German-American Heritage Foundation (GAHF)  (Tax ID#) of Washington, DC, the sum of $_______________.”  Or “I hereby give, devise and bequest to the German-American Heritage Foundation (GAHF) (Tax ID#) of Washington, DC, all (or state a percentage) of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, to be used for its general support (or for the support of a specific fund or program).” Because GAHF is a non-profit charitable organization, your bequest is free of estate taxes. You can also name GAHF as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy or your retirement plan (such as a 401(k), 403(b), IRA or other pension plan).  By naming GAHF as a beneficiary, you maintain complete control over the plan while living, but at your passing the plan passes to GAHF free of both income and estate taxes. GAHF can be named as a primary beneficiary for part or all of the assets in the plan, or as a contingent beneficiary, or as a beneficiary at the death of your surviving spouse.  Please ask your insurance agent, your employer or the financial institution managing your retirement plan for the proper forms. Please consult with your personal financial advisor regarding the legal and tax benefits of all estate and planned gifts. By making a bequest in the form of cash, securities, real estate or other assets, you will be investing in the continuation of GAHF’s vital work to preserve German-American history and heritage.  If you choose to make this kind of gift, you will become a member of our Legacy Society. By including the German-American Heritage Foundation in your estate plans, you will honor GAHF’s vision to rediscover our unique German-American history and heritage, build closer ties and collaboration with German-American Clubs and organizations, and strengthen transatlantic relations. Please contact Erika Harms at (202) 467-5000 ext. 105 (or e-mail harms@gahmusa.org) if you have any questions! German-American Heritage Foundation (GAHF) 719 Sixth Street, NW Washington, DC  20001 Or you can Fax us at:  (202) 467-5440 GAHF’s Privacy Policy Out of respect for the privacy of our supporters, the German-American Heritage Foundation (GAHF) provides its donors the option to remain anonymous and also we respect their choice to not have their personal information shared with others. GAHF will not trade, rent, or sell any donor information to any organization that uses such information for commercial purposes or gain.  From time to time, GAHF makes its donor mailing lists (name and address listing) available for one-time exchange or rental use by other selected conservative non-profit organizations to help us grow our financial resources for the long-term. Supporters have the option to exclude their information from any lists that we exchange or rent.  Please contact us so we can honor your request to opt-out of such exchanges and rentals, or if you wish your gift listing to remain anonymous.