The Hastings Center Beneficence Society
Credited by many as having founded the field of bioethics, The Hastings Center has invested more than 50 years addressing complex challenges at the intersection of health, science, and technology—including issues of aging populations, healthcare access, growing financial inequality, and the wise use of emerging technologies such as gene editing, brain-computer interfaces, and the use of artificial intelligence in health care. Many people appreciate the importance and the legacy of this work and choose to support The Hastings Center through generous giving and through their estate plans.
Today, we continue to research critical issues that bear on our future; explore, discuss, and debate their ethical implications; and collaborate with a broad range of stakeholders to inform the practices and experiences of scholars, physicians, lawyers, legislators, judges, and interested citizens. We are interdisciplinary, nonpartisan, and fiercely independent.
The Hastings Center Beneficence Society
Like you, The Hastings Center cares deeply about these issues—about how they impact the future for us, our children, and generations to come. We are committed to expanding our research capacity while raising the profile and public impact of our collaborative outcomes. To help achieve those goals, we have created a legacy society to encourage estate giving and to recognize these donors’ important gifts now.
The Beneficence Society—named after a foundational bioethical principle denoting the desire and intent to “do good”—comprises benefactors who are acting today to ensure the bioethical practices of tomorrow. By joining, you help to ensure that the values you are eager to secure and protect continue to inform the rapidly evolving fields of health, science, and technology—now and in the future.
Members of The Beneficence Society have told us that they have included The Hastings Center in their estate or retirement plans. Such “planned gifts” to The Hastings Center are easy to set up. They often can provide tax benefits as well. Such gift intentions typically are fully revocable, which also means members can change them at any time. The Beneficence Society allows us to recognize and celebrate today our benefactors’ intentions to include support for Hastings’ enduring mission in their estate plans.
Motivations for Joining The Beneficence Society
Many people who resonate with the mission of The Hastings Center may consider making significant gifts but hesitate in light of their understandable interest in preserving capital for personal and family security. The Beneficence Society offers a win-win solution. As a member, you both indicate your intention to support The Hastings Center via a revocable estate gift and ensure that your money remains available if you need it. You can defer your gift until the end of your life by making it through a charitable bequest in your will or naming The Hastings Center as a beneficiary in your retirement plan.
Ways to Join The Beneficence Society
An outright bequest is one of the most popular ways to make a future or planned gift. A bequest gift is simple. You direct in your will that some amount of money, some particular property, or some portion of your estate be given to The Hastings Center. There are several ways to indicate a bequest gift that fits easily within your other estate provisions:
- With a general bequest, you simply leave a stated sum of money to The Hastings Center (for example, a bequest of $10,000);
- With a specific bequest, you designate certain property that you want to leave to The Hastings Center (for example, shares of a certain stock or a vacation home);
- With a percentage bequest, you leave some percentage of your estate to The Hastings Center (for example, 20% of your entire estate); or
- With a residuary bequest, you leave to The Hastings Center all or some percentage of what remains of your estate after fulfilling tax obligations and expenses and honoring any specific bequests to family members or other beneficiaries.
An estate attorney can offer detailed guidance and language on these matters. Typically, for a bequest in a will, donors use language such as “I hereby give, devise and bequeath [insert gift] to The Hastings Center, Inc., a nonprofit organization located at 21 Malcolm Gordon Road, Garrison, New York 10524.”
For gifts through a retirement account, the process is even simpler: Just log in to your account and name The Hastings Center as a beneficiary. The Hastings Center is happy to work with you and your estate attorney or financial adviser to discuss other planned gifts as well, such as living trusts, life insurance policies, charitable gift annuities, or charitable remainder trusts.
If you have questions about membership in The Beneficence Society, please contact Ryan Sauder, Chief Advancement Officer at The Hastings Center (firstname.lastname@example.org; 1-845-424-4040 ext. 257).
Benefits of the Society
Perhaps you, like many other people, seek the satisfaction of knowing that the causes about which you care most will carry forward into the future. The Beneficence Society demonstrates support for the best of what we do at The Hastings Center and combines it with your vision for the future.
Please let us know that you have included, or intend to include, a planned gift to The Hastings Center in your estate plans so that we can enroll you in perpetuity as a member of The Beneficence Society. In recognition of your foresight, vision, and generosity as a member of the Society, you are eligible for the following benefits:
- Public acknowledgment for members who give permission to list their names in the Center’s annual report and an inscribed leaf on The Hastings Center Giving Tree prominently displayed in our lobby;
- Special Beneficence Society Subscription Rate for one of our journals, The Hastings Center Report or Ethics & Human Research;
- A lapel pin indicating your membership in The Hastings Center Beneficence Society;
- Periodic Beneficence Society mailings on gift planning and invitations to lectures or other events; and
- Pride in the knowledge that you will be supporting The Hastings Center in your lifetime and beyond.
Sharing Your Planned Gift Intentions
To become a member of The Beneficence Society, please fill out the form below, or, if you prefer, print the documents at the bottom of this page and return them to Ryan Sauder, Chief Advancement Officer at The Hastings Center, via fax (845-424-4545) or mail (21 Malcolm Gordon Road, Garrison, NY 10524-4125).
We will contact you to verify your membership.