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Planned Giving

CSHL’s Helix Society honors generous friends who inform us of their commitment to the future of CSHL through provisions in their wills, or through other kinds of planned gifts. Members are recognized in Laboratory publications and invited to special events for the Laboratory’s most dedicated friends.

Bequests by members of the Helix Society provide hope for millions of people affected by disorders including autism, Alzheimer’s disease, depression and schizophrenia; and from cancers including brain, breast, cervical, colon, kidney, liver, lung, ovarian, pancreatic and prostate, as well as leukemia and lymphomas.

CSHL offers a variety of gift planning options designed to meet your needs, from providing a steady source of income to reducing estate taxes.  Options you may wish to consider:

Appreciated Property

Earn an income tax deduction and avoid capital gains taxes with a gift of appreciated securities or real property.


Retain full control and use of your property during your lifetime and reduce your taxable estate by including CSHL in your will or living trust.


“I bequeath to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a New York nonprofit corporation having a principal place of business at One Bungtown Road, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724, Federal Tax ID #11-2013303, ____percent of my total estate (or $_____, or other property) to be used or disposed of as Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in its sole discretion deems appropriate.”

Charitable Gift Annuity

Provide a lifetime income to you and/or a designated loved one and earn a current income tax deduction with a gift of cash or property.

Charitable Remainder Trust

Consider an irrevocable gift of appreciated assets that pays income to you and your beneficiaries and allows you to reduce your taxable estate.

Retained Life Estate

Lower your taxable estate and take a current tax deduction by giving CSHL full or partial interest in your home while residing in it for as long as you choose.

Retirement Plan

Name CSHL as the beneficiary of your retirement account, such as a 401(k) or IRA and reduce your taxable estate.

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For more information on how you can join the Helix Society, please contact Diane Fagiola at 516-367-8471 or