Gifts That Cost You Nothing Now

Yes, you can inspire people to embrace the lessons of WWII simply by singing your name!

Let us know!

Please let us know if you’ve included a gift for The National WWII Museum in your will or trust or by 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

A gift in your will is one of the easiest ways to create your legacy of teaching about the impact of World War II, and the courage and sacrifice necessary to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today.

No Cost

Costs you nothing now to give in this way


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

Lasting impact

Your gift will create your legacy of honoring the Greatest Generation now and for generations to come

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

General gift in your will

Leaves a gift of a stated sum of money in your will or living trust. For example, you might decide to leave each of your grandchildren $10,000. It’s considered to be ‘general’ because it doesn’t specify from where the money comes.

Residual gift in your will

Leaves what is left over after all other debts, taxes, and other expenses have been paid.

Specific gift in your will

Leaves a specific dollar amount, percentage, fraction, or specific items (collections, art, books, jewelry, and so on).

Contingent gift in your will

Leaves a stated amount or share only if a spouse, family member or other heir/beneficiary does not live longer than you. In other words, your gift is contingent upon whether or not they survive after you.

Gifts by Beneficiary Designation

It’s easy to put your bank accounts, retirement funds, savings bonds, and more to use in creating a world informed and inspired by The National WWII Museum  — and it costs nothing now.

By naming The National World War II Museum, Inc. as a beneficiary of these assets, you power our approach to teach the lessons of WWII that will make a lasting impact. Your gift impacts the young and the old through The National World War II Museum and becomes your personal legacy to the world.


Reduce or eliminate taxes on retirement assets

Reduce or avoid probate fees

No cost to you now to give

Create your legacy with The National WWII Museum

To name The National WWII Museum as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, contact your bank or insurance company to see whether a change of beneficiary form must be completed.

How to Change a Beneficiary Designation:

Login to your account or request a Change of Beneficiary Form from your custodian (the business holding your money or assets).

Follow the links to change your beneficiary or fill out the form.


Be sure to spell the name of our organization properly:
The National World War II Museum, Inc.


Include our tax identification number: 72-1200790


Save or submit your information online or return your Change of Beneficiary Form.

A Gift of Retirement Funds (beneficiary of your retirement plan):

You can simply name The National World War II Museum as a beneficiary of your retirement plan to make a difference so we can tell the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world—why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today—so that all generations can understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn.

A gift of funds remaining in your bank accounts, brokerage accounts or certificate of deposit (CD):

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 World War II Museum, Inc. (Tax ID: 72-1200790) 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 preserving the lessons learned, and freedoms won through WWII.

Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) residuals:

What remains in a donor advised fund is governed by the contract you completed when you created your fund. When you name The National World War II Museum, Inc. as a “successor” of your account or a portion of your account value, you make a positive impact on teaching current and future generations about the lasting impact of World War II and the courage and sacrifice necessary to preserve the freedoms Americans enjoy today.

Need assistance? We’re here to help!

Shelita G. Bourgeois, M.S.

Shelita G. Bourgeois, M.S.

Planned Giving Officer

The National WWII Museum
945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
504.528.1944, ext. 247