Other Ways to Leave a Legacy


Charitable IRA Rollover

With this type of gift, Human Rights Watch supporters like you can get a tax break while making defending human rights worldwide part of their legacy. Here’s how it works:

The Benefits:

  • Avoid paying tax on your required minimum distribution this year. The distribution will not count as taxable income for this year, helping keep you in a lower tax bracket.
  • The transfer is not subject to limitations on itemized deductions.
  • Enjoy a quick and easy estate tax reduction.

To Qualify:

  • You must be 70 ½ years old or older by year-end.
  • The distribution must be directly to Human Rights Watch from your plan trustee.
  • The maximum contribution amount each year is $100,000 ($200,000 per couple).
  • Your transfer must be received by the last day of the calendar year.
  • If you are interested in this popular way to support Human Rights Watch, download a sample letter for your IRA administrator here.

A Gift of Property

If you transfer ownership of your property (real estate) to Human Rights Watch, you receive a tax deduction. In addition, gifts of partial interest may be considered in which you may retain the use of the property during your lifetime. Benefits include:

  • Income tax deduction
  • Avoidance of capital gains tax
  • Continued use of your property for life in some instances
  • Your gift passes to Human Rights Watch outside of the estate process
  • Satisfaction of knowing Human Rights Watch will have the benefit of your gift in the future

Memorial and Tribute Gifts

Honor a grandparent, a parent, a spouse, or a loved one by establishing a memorial or tribute gift for Human Rights Watch. This special gift connects you and someone special with our mission to defend human rights worldwide.

You can fund a memorial or tribute gift with cash, appreciated securities, or tangible personal property.

Donor Advised Funds

Gifting your donor-advised charitable fund (Fidelity Charitable ®, Vanguard Charitable ®, Schwab Charitable ® or other) to Human Rights Watch after your lifetime is another great planned giving option. Allocate the donor-advised charitable fund in full, or a specific amount or percentage, to be distributed over a fixed time or until the balance becomes zero.

For more information, please contact Brian Peterson, Director of Legacy and Gift Planning, at legacy@HRW.org or 212-216-1841.