Gifts That Cost You Nothing Now

Gifts in a will or by beneficiary designation are two easy ways to improve the lives of those living with Ataxia for years to come — and they don’t cost anything now.

Please let us know if you’ve included a gift for the National Ataxia Foundation in your will or through a beneficiary designation. Providing us with documentation is the best way to ensure that your gift is used in the way you intend.

Gifts in a Will

Making a legacy gift in your will or trust is one of the easiest and most popular ways to make a lasting impact for the National Ataxia Foundation. Once you have provided for your loved ones, we hope you will consider making working towards a cure for Ataxia part of your life story through a legacy gift.

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A gift in your will is one of the easiest ways to create your legacy and offers the following benefits:



Your gift will create your legacy of uplifting the Ataxia community.



You can alter your gift or change your mind at any time and for any reason.



Costs you nothing now to give in this way.

Four simple, “no-cost-now” ways to give in your will

General gift

A general bequest is a gift of a specific amount.

Residuary gift
A residuary gift is a gift of all or a percentage of the remainder of your estate after specific bequests and expenses have been paid.
Specific gift
A specific gift is a gift of a particular piece of property. For example, real estate, funds in a bank account or shares of a corporation. 
Contingent gift
A contingent gift takes effect only if the primary beneficiary or beneficiaries do not live longer than you. In other words, your gift is contingent upon whether or not they survive after you.

You can mix these no-cost ways together. For example, you might consider leaving a specific percentage (such as 50%) of the residual to the National Ataxia Foundation contingent upon the survival of your spouse.

Gifts by Beneficiary Designation

It’s easy to put your bank accounts, retirement funds, savings bonds, and more to use in promoting exchanges of ideas and innovation in Ataxia discovery — and it costs you nothing now.

By naming the National Ataxia Foundation as a beneficiary of these assets, you can power our mission for years to come and establish your personal legacy of helping to achieve our vision of a world without Ataxia.

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Potential benefits of gifts by beneficiary designation:

Reduce or eliminate taxes

Reduce or avoid probate fees

No cost to you now to give

Create your legacy with NAF

Types of Gifts

Retirement plan assets

You can simply name the National Ataxia Foundation as a beneficiary of your retirement plan to provide a better quality of life for people with Ataxia.

Life insurance policies

You can name the National Ataxia Foundation as a beneficiary of all or a portion of your life insurance policy. With this gift arrangement, NAF will receive the proceeds of your policy after your lifetime. You can change your beneficiary at any time and may reduce your estate taxes.

Bank or brokerage accounts

This is one of the easiest gifts to give and one of the most useful in accomplishing your philanthropic goals. The next time you visit your bank, you can name the National Ataxia Foundation (Tax ID:41-0832903) as the beneficiary of a checking or savings bank account, a certificate of deposit (CD), or a brokerage account. When you do, you’ll take a powerful step toward eliminating Ataxia for future generations.

Funds remaining in your donor-advised fund

What remains in a donor-advised fund is governed by the contract you completed when you created your fund. When you name the National Ataxia Foundation as a “successor” of your account or a portion of your account value, you enable vital programs and services for Ataxia families.

How to update a beneficiary designation:

Simply contact your bank, retirement plan administrator, insurance company, or other financial institution to request a beneficiary designation form. You may also be able to log in to your account and update your beneficiaries online.


Please use our legal name: National Ataxia Foundation


Include our tax identification number: 41-0832903


Please let us know so we can ensure that your wishes are carried out.

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