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Clara Bryant Ford Society
The Clara Bryant Ford Society was established to recognize and thank those of you who have included The Henry Ford in your estate plans. Your legacy endows and perpetuates The Henry Ford’s mission to inspire people to learn from America's traditions of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation to help shape a better future.
If you have already included The Henry Ford in a bequest or other planned gift, we encourage you to let us know directly.
Your willingness to be listed as a member of the Clara Bryant Ford Society encourages others to follow your example. We respect those who wish to remain anonymous, but we urge you to let us know of your plans on a confidential basis, as it allows The Henry Ford to plan for the future.
For more information about the Clara Bryant Ford Society and legacy giving contact us or call 313.982.6115.
Current Giving Opportunities
Supporting The Henry Ford with Your Retirement Account (IRA) Donors aged 70 ½ or older may make a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) up to $100,000 to charity from their individual retirement accounts (IRAs). These contributions may also qualify to meet ones required minimum distributions. Please contact us for more information on this tax-advantaged giving opportunity.
For donors interested in making a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) to The Henry Ford, we have provided a form to assist you in communicating directly with your retirement account holder.
Supporting The Henry Ford with Gifts of Stock
Stocks, mutual funds and bonds are assets some donors consider gifting. Directly donating these assets to The Henry Ford will eliminate any capital gains tax burden for you related to the sale or transfer of this asset. You may also receive a charitable income tax deduction for the value of your gift.
The following form is provided to assist donors in making gifts of stock to The Henry Ford.
The following form is provided to assist donors in making gifts via wire transfer to The Henry Ford.
Deferred Giving Opportunities
Bequest Intention: Many of The Henry Ford’s past achievements have been made possible by legacies from members and friends. Your will or trust could help shape The Henry Ford’s successes in the future.
Retirement Assets: Retirement assets are a fast and easy way for you to make an impact on the next generation. Many taxes on these plans can be avoided or reduced while supporting The Henry Ford.
Life Insurance: Life insurance is often overlooked as an asset that you can use to make gifts to The Henry Ford. You may wish to make the museum the beneficiary of a policy and support The Henry Ford’s programs with an insurance-related gift.
Charitable Remainder Trust: A charitable remainder trust (CRT) is a life-income arrangement that provides you and/or other beneficiaries with a stream of income for life or for a period of years. After the trust terminates, the principal, or "remainder interest," goes to The Henry Ford.
The material presented on this website is intended as general educational information on the topics discussed herein and should not be interpreted as legal, financial or tax advice. Please seek the advice of your tax adviser, attorney and/or financial planner to discuss the application of these topics to your situation.