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Beneficiary Designation

A beneficiary designation is one of the simplest ways to make a gift to Mount Holyoke College. It's literally as easy as filling out a form.  

You can specify the individuals and charities you want to support and you can also specify the percentage of the assets you want each beneficiary to receive.


Ellen Archibald ’69

“I simply completed a new beneficiary form to designate Mount Holyoke as the account’s beneficiary: no lawyers needed, no cost.”  

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Beneficiary designations are available when giving the following assets: 

Retirement Assets

  • You can make Mount Holyoke College the beneficiary of your retirement assets. This type of gift is simple because you can control the transfer of these assets at your death without changing your will or living trust. All you need to do is complete a new beneficiary designation form from your plan administrator. There is no need to modify your will or living trust.
  • A gift of retirement assets has the added advantage of being among the most tax-wise ways to make an estate gift. This is because your retirement assets, if left to individuals, will be subject to income tax when they receive distributions and, in the case of most non-spouses, those distributions must take place within 10 years, potentially pushing designated beneficiaries into higher tax brackets. With a gift to a non-profit such as Mount Holyoke, 100 percent of the funds are available for its charitable purposes. If you want to remember us in your estate plan, it is often better to leave other types of assets – cash, securities, real estate – to your heirs and give the more heavily taxed retirement asset to Mount Holyoke College.

Life Insurance

  • Life Insurance policies can also be used to make a gift to the Mount Holyoke. Complete and return to the insurance company a form designating that the Mount Holyoke College receives all or a portion of the death benefit associated with your life insurance policy. As an alternative to naming the Mount Holyoke as the beneficiary, you can transfer ownership of the policy. Transferring ownership results in an immediate income tax charitable deduction and potential income tax savings in the year of the gift.

Other Assets

  • Commercial Annuity Contracts - A commercial annuity will sometimes have a remaining value at the end of the annuitant’s lifetime. You can name The Trustees of Mount Holyoke College Tax ID# 04-2103578 as a beneficiary to receive all or part of this amount by completing the appropriate form from the insurance company.
  • Bank Accounts - You can instruct your bank to pay The Trustees of Mount Holyoke College Tax ID# 04-2103578 all or a portion of what remains in a checking or savings account as a transfer of assets at death. Your bank will provide you with the appropriate beneficiary designation form.
  • Investment Accounts - You can instruct your investment company to transfer to The Trustees of Mount Holyoke College Tax ID# 04-2103578 some or all investments held in the account at the time of your passing. Your broker or agent will let you know the process for doing this.  



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