Planned Giving Programs

One practical way to make a significant gifts to DC Habitat is through an estate plan — by means of a will, living trust, or beneficiary designation on a life insurance policy or retirement account.  Gifts of this nature are wholly recoverable while you are alive and may save significant taxes for your estate.

Unlike a cash gift, a planned gift is typically made from assets in your estate rather than disposable income, and comes to fruition after your lifetime.  It is a common misconception that making a planned gift is only for the wealthy; but the truth is, even people of modest means can make s big difference.

A planned gift can be simple to make and cost very little.  The most common way to make a planned gift is to name DC Habitat as a beneficiary in an IRA, life insurance policy, other financial account or in your will.  Every gift — no matter the size — helps DC Habitat continue to provide affordable housing to those in need.

If you would like more information about a particular planned giving option, we encourage you to speak to your attorney or financial planner, and to contact our staff.  If you have intentions of making a planned gift, have already done so, or have questions, please contact the Marketing and Development Director by phone at (202) 882-4600 x233, or by email at


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