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Simple Way to Leave a Legacy: Learn How

Posted in Beyond Finances on December 27, 2019

You have a passion for public health, and you understand the impact CDC has on billions of lives in the United States and around the world.

Dr. Bill Foege, EIS ’62, credited with leading the worldwide effort to eliminate smallpox, says, “No one ever thanks you for the disease they didn’t get.” The CDC Foundation understands the importance of your work in helping to protect people and their health, even when your success is not evident to the wider population.

Because you care about public health, the CDC Foundation wants to make you aware of opportunities to give easily and strategically to support our mission -- to work collaboratively with CDC and partners to improve health and save lives.

One of the most effective ways to give is through assets rather than cash, because there are often tax benefits. A simple, tax effective way to give is by making the CDC Foundation a beneficiary of a retirement, investment, checking or savings account or your life insurance policy. Rather than updating your will, you simply need to ask your account holder for a new beneficiary designation form. You can make the CDC Foundation a beneficiary of a percentage of the assets, allowing you to take care of family and loved ones as well. This type of gift is non-binding, so if the needs of your loved ones change, you can change your plans accordingly.  Also, you can continue to freely use your account.

This month, the CDC Foundation is launching the CDC Healthy Futures Society for those interested in legacy gifts. Please consider becoming an inaugural member by making a non-binding gift through a beneficiary designation, a gift through your will, or other planned gift to ensure the future of our work. And let us know of your decision, so we can appropriately thank and recognize you. Together our impact is greater.

For more information on planned giving and creative ways to give strategically, please visit or contact Amy Macklin at 404-523-1874 or

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