Planned Giving

Planned giving ensures that the Historical Society will continue to collect, interpret, and share D.C. history long into the future. Planned gifts may also reduce tax liabilities that benefit you and your estate.

We recommend consulting with a legal or financial planning professional to determine how donating to the Society can best fit your giving plans.


Make a one-time or recurring gift through by naming the Historical Society as a beneficiary in your will. While not required, we recommend contacting the Society so that we may determine how to best direct your gift and acknowledge your generosity.

IRA Distributions

Individuals aged 70½ and older may make a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) directly from their IRAs through December 31, 2013. This option may reduce your tax liability. Please see the IRS website for details.
Stocks and Securities

You may make a gift of appreciated stocks, bonds, and other securities directly to the Society.

Please contact Adam Lewis, Director of Development, at 202-249-3952 for more information.

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit (Tax ID 53-0238800) founded in 1894 with the mission of collecting, interpreting, and sharing the history of Washington, D.C. Charitable gifts and membership dues are deductible to the full extent allowed.
The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. • 801 K Street, NW at Mount Vernon Square • Washington, DC 20001 • 202-249-3955 •