Legacy Giving

Leave a Legacy that Preserves Our Heritage

Remember the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission (FTHC) in your financial and estate planning, and help preserve the past with your legacy. When you name the FTHC in your estate plans, you become a member of our Legacy Giving Circle.

Already Included the FTHC in Your Estate Plans?

Please let us know so that we can recognize and honor your generous commitment to preserving Texas’s heritage and culture.

Gift Options

There are several legacy gift options you can choose from. As you review the details below, please feel free to email us directly or contact us using the button below for additional information or to make a legacy gift.

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Our most popular legacy gift is a bequest in your will or trust. Bequests allow you to address current financial obligations while providing critical support to future preservation efforts. Your gift can be a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your estate. Your future commitment will ensure that the historic places of Texas, and the programs that support their preservation, will continue for generations.

Sample Bequest Language

Stock or Securities

Gifts of appreciated securities and closely held stock can be highly beneficial—both to you and the FTHC. You may receive an income tax deduction equal to the securities’ fair market value at the time of donation and reduce or eliminate capital gains taxes. You can direct the proceeds from the sale of these assets to any program or project of your choosing.

Donate Stock

Beneficiary Designation

You can designate the FTHC as a beneficiary of your retirement, investment, bank account, or life insurance policy. This simple and affordable way to support the FTHC significantly reduces future income and estate tax liability.

Make Us a Beneficiary

Other Planned Gifts

Looking to create a different type of legacy? The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission will gladly work with you, your estate planning professional, or financial planner to create a specific gift plan that works for you.

Create a Gift