Plan Your Legacy

By including the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in your legacy gift planning, you can achieve the goals that are important to you and your family, while sustaining the mission and future of an organization that you value and believe in.

A legacy commitment to the AACR ensures a lasting impact on scientific discovery and innovation in the treatment and prevention of cancer for generations to come.

Lifesaving Cancer Science.

Make It Your Legacy.

For more information about how you can make lifesaving cancer research your legacy, please email us.

Dr. Bayard D. Clarkson Legacy Society

The Dr. Bayard D. Clarkson Legacy Society gratefully acknowledges and celebrates those individuals who have made an inspiring legacy commitment to the AACR through an arranged estate, endowed, or other planned gift in support of our mission to prevent and cure cancer.

Bayard Clarkson
Bayard D. Clarkson, MD, FAACR

Dr. Clarkson’s association with the AACR began in 1962, when he first became a member. His leadership, scientific expertise, and service over the years have aided the expansion of AACR programs and activities, and helped to advance the important work of AACR’s scientists around the globe. Recognizing the need for sustained funding to support groundbreaking innovation and discovery in cancer research and prevention, Dr. Clarkson championed the creation of the AACR Foundation, becoming its Founding Chair in 2001. Since its inception, the AACR Foundation has raised significant funds in support of the AACR and its initiatives to advance lifesaving cancer research.

Please consider joining the Dr. Bayard D. Clarkson Legacy Society today by making a legacy commitment to the AACR.

There are a variety of opportunities for making your legacy commitment to benefit the AACR’s mission:

  • Include the AACR as a beneficiary in your will, exempting the gifted assets from estate tax.
  • Designate the AACR as a beneficiary of your retirement plan; a gift made from a tax-deferred retirement account means 100 percent of your gift can be used by the AACR without reduction of value of the account from taxes that would be incurred otherwise.
  • Make the AACR the beneficiary and owner of an existing insurance policy after its original intended need has become obsolete.
  • Fund an AACR Charitable Gift Annuity, if 60 years of age or older, utilizing appreciated securities held long-term (one year or longer) to avoid capital gains tax, enjoy a charitable tax deduction, and provide yourself with income for life.
  • Fund an AACR Deferred Charitable Gift Annuity, if younger than 60 years of age, to immediately avoid capital gains tax on the gifted appreciated property (e.g. securities or real estate), enjoy an immediate tax deduction as allowable by law, and provide yourself with an income flow deferred until your retirement age.
  • Make a planned gift of appreciated, accepted real estate to the AACR.

To learn more about the legacy society and making a planned gift to the AACR, please contact:

Kara Gunderman
Toll-free: (844) 385-2064

If you have already included the AACR in your will and estate plans, please let us know so that we may acknowledge your kind support right away, and enroll you in the Dr. Bayard D. Clarkson Legacy Society.

For your convenience, a confidential form may be used to notify the AACR about your legacy commitment. We will respect your wishes to remain anonymous if that is your preference and all communication is completely confidential.

Free Will Service

One of the most powerful ways to support the cancer research mission of the American Association for Cancer Research is through a gift in your will.

Learn more about a new simple online tool that allows you to make a will for free—no strings attached.

Let us know if you included the AACR in your will so we may thank you. You may also qualify for membership into the Dr. Bayard D. Clarkson Legacy Society.

The purpose of this web page is to provide information of a general character only. The AACR is not engaged in rendering legal or tax advisory service. Advice from legal and tax counsel should be sought when considering these types of gifts.

Not available in all states. A charitable gift annuity is not regulated by the Oklahoma Insurance Department and is not protected by a guaranty association affiliated with Oklahoma Insurance Department. Charitable gift annuities are not regulated by and are not under the jurisdiction of the South Dakota Division of Insurance.