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Planned Giving

Explore the Benefits of Planned Giving

If you’re passionate about supporting the MRF’s mission to cure melanoma and are considering making a lasting impact through a planned gift in your estate, we invite you to create or update your will or living trust with our new partnership with FreeWill: a free online estate planning resource.


Secure the future of critical melanoma research by making a bequest to the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) in your will or living trust. Whether you add the MRF to your existing will or trust or create a will for free online through our partner, FreeWill, your gift ensures ongoing support for vital melanoma research initiatives.


IRA Charitable Rollover

If you're 70 1/2 years or older, consider making a gift to the MRF directly from your IRA through a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD). In many cases, IRA giving is 100% tax-free for eligible donors and represents one of the smartest ways you can support the MRF’s work because it allows you to give and save. For those who must take Required Minimum Distributions (RMD), an IRA gift can also count towards your RMD, without counting toward your taxable income for the year!


Stock Gifts

Consider donating appreciated stock and securities to support melanoma research and care through the MRF. This method is both cost-effective and tax-smart. You could be eligible for a tax deduction based on the full fair-market value of your donation and avoid paying capital gains tax.


Report a Planned Gift

Please fill out this quick form so we can thank you for your lasting commitment to the Melanoma Research Foundation and ensure our records are up-to-date! Even if you wish to remain anonymous, you can share your intentions with us for planning purposes.

Donor Advised Funds

By giving from your donor-advised fund, you may recommend how much and how often you want to give to the MRF. To recommend a grant, contact your financial institution, and notify the MRF by contacting us at [email protected]


Beneficiary Designations

Non-probate assets (like an IRA, 401(k), life insurance policy, or any additional accounts) are not covered by your will or trust. Using this free online tool, you can log all of your assets, name the Melanoma Research Foundation as a beneficiary to support our mission, and receive printable instructions on how to set each one up with your broker.

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Legacy of Progress Society

Legacy of Progress Society donors have profound opportunity to truly make a lasting impact on the lives of melanoma patients for generations to come. By generously contributing to the MRF’s Legacy of Progress Endowment Fund, you are empowering us to amplify our investments in critical research grants and initiatives. This support will enable us to engage in a dedicated and sustained effort to tackle some of the most daunting medical challenges associated with melanoma, fostering new collaborations in the field.


Sample, Not-Binding Bequest Letter

I give to the Melanoma Research Foundation, located at 1420 K Street, NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20005, online at melanoma.org, and federal tax identification number 76-0514428 , ___% of my total estate (or $___).

Those who have included the MRF in their estate plans are respected members of the Legacy of Progress Society. The next generation could live in a world without Melanoma. Help us fund the future.

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