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Create your legacy at the AAD

The future of dermatology depends on you

Establish your legacy by including the AAD in your will, life insurance, or other estate planning documents. This gift does not cost you anything during your lifetime, yet it allows you to ensure the AAD continues to provide a lifetime of benefits that will help ensure the specialty remains strong, no matter the challenges that may arise in the future.

Join the 1938 Legacy Society

Make a planned gift now by contacting the Academy at LegacyGift@aad.org or (847) 240-1824 and become a member of the 1938 Legacy Society. As a member of the society, you will receive exclusive recognition opportunities during your lifetime.

Thank you to those who have chosen to continue the critical work of the Academy through a gift to the AAD in their wills, trusts, or estate plans:
Rex and Johnnie Amonette
Gene and Ann Burrish
Steven W. Byrne
C. Ralph Daniel, MD, FAAD
Carrie L. Davis, MD, FAAD
Dan Alexander Dunaway, MD, FAAD
Dr. Alfred Hollander Trust
William E. McDaniel, MD, FAAD
The Beverly Frances Padway Living Trust
Steven and Jeannie Shama
Stephen and Lisa Stone
Hiram and Richard Sturm Charitable Remainder Trust
Bruce H. Thiers, MD, FAAD
Stephen B. Webster, MD, FAAD

Bequests: A bequest is a simple way to create a meaningful and enduring legacy. The most common form of bequest is to include the AAD in your will. Below is sample bequest language:*

"I give to the AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DERMATOLOGY, INC., a nonprofit organization located in Rosemont, IL, the sum of $____ in cash (or ____shares of my ____ stock) [or ____ percent (%) of my estate] to be used for its general charitable purposes."

* The Academy encourages you to consult with your financial and legal advisors before making a bequest or other planned gift.

Life insurance and other insurance policies: You can name the AAD as a beneficiary to a life insurance or other insurance policy you no longer need. Contact your insurance provider and complete a beneficiary designation form. This is an easy, flexible way to give.

Retirement plans: Many retirement plans allow you to name a beneficiary. You can name the AAD as your retirement plan beneficiary by filling out the appropriate form with your plan administrator.

Dr. Rex and Mrs. Johnnie Amonette

“My family and I have gained so much from the Academy, and we want its great work to continue.”

─ Dr. Rex and Mrs. Johnnie Amonette, 1938 Legacy Society founding members

Plan your legacy gift

Contact us at LegacyGift@aad.org or (847) 240-1824 to receive more information, get a copy of our guide on planning your will, or let us know you have already included the AAD in your will or living trust.

Did you know?

You can transfer your IRA distribution to the AAD and receive tax benefits. If you are over the age of 70 ½ years, you can transfer up to $100,000 per year to a charity such as the AAD. You will not be taxed on the amount transferred and it will count toward your mandatory distribution. By transferring all of part of your mandatory distribution, you will receive the equivalent of a charitable deduction even if you do not itemize.