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Planned Giving

Planned Giving

Join us in envisioning a future free from melanoma. Leave a lasting impact by including the Melanoma Research Foundation in your planned giving.


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 70.5 years or older, consider making a tax-free gift to the MRF directly from your IRA through a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD). These gifts are tax-free, regardless of whether you itemize deductions on your tax return, and can effectively lower your taxable income. Utilizing QCDs is a strategic way to reduce tax liability, especially if you're required to take a Minimum Distribution.


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 friendly. You could be eligible for a tax deduction based on the full fair-market value of your donation and avoid paying capital gains tax.


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 $___).

If you have already included a gift to the Melanoma Research Foundation in your will or trust, please complete a short form to let us know. We would love to thank you and invite you to join the Legacy of Progress Society.

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

Make a significant impact in the fight against melanoma by designating a portion or all of your IRA, retirement accounts, bank accounts, or life insurance policies to the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF). Your thoughtful contribution will support the pursuit of improved treatment options and the ultimate goal of finding a cure for melanoma.

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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.


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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