Gifts that cost you nothing now

Gifts in a will and gifts by beneficiary designation are two easy ways to make gifts that will have an impact for those facing PKD for generations to come — and they don’t cost anything now.

A gift in your will is one of the easiest ways to create your legacy of fighting to end PKD.



Costs you nothing now to give in this way.



You can alter your gift or change your mind at any time and for any reason.



Your gift will create your legacy of fighting PKD.

4 simple, “no-cost-now” ways to give in your will

General gift

Leaves a gift of a stated sum of money in your will or living trust. For example, you might decide to leave each of your grandchildren $10,000. It’s considered to be "general" because it doesn’t specify from where the money comes.

Residual gift
Leaves what is left over after all other debts, taxes, and other expenses have been paid.
Specific gift
Leaves a specific dollar amount, percentage, fraction, or specific items (collections, art, books, jewelry, and so on).
Contingent gift

Leaves a stated amount or share only if a spouse, family member, or other heir/beneficiary does not live longer than you. In other words, your gift is contingent upon whether or not they survive after you.

It’s easy to put your bank accounts, retirement funds, savings bonds, and more to use in creating a world free from the suffering of PKD — and it costs nothing now.

By naming PKD Foundation as a beneficiary of these assets, you power the largest source of private funding for PKD research, enable programs to support patients, and drive awareness of the disease and the damage it does. Your gift impacts entire families facing the threat of PKD and becomes your personal legacy to the world.

Potential benefits of gifts by beneficiary designation:

Reduce or eliminate taxes on retirement assets


Reduce or avoid probate fees


No cost to you now to give


Create your legacy with PKD Foundation

To name PKD Foundation as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, contact your bank or insurance company to see whether a change of beneficiary form must be completed.

How to Change a Beneficiary Designation

Login to your account or request a Change of Beneficiary Form from your custodian (the business holding your money or assets).

Follow the links to change your beneficiary or fill out the form.


Be sure to spell the name of our organization properly: PKD Foundation


Include our tax identification number: 43-1266906


Save or submit your information online or return your Change of Beneficiary Form.

Types of Gifts

A Gift of Retirement Funds (beneficiary of your retirement plan)

You can simply name PKD Foundation as a beneficiary of your retirement plan to help patients.

A gift of funds remaining in your bank accounts, brokerage accounts or certificate of deposit (CD)

This is one of the easiest gifts to give and one of the most useful in accomplishing what you want – helping patients. The next time you visit your bank, you can name PKD Foundation (Tax ID: 43-1266906) as the beneficiary of a checking or savings bank account, a certificate of deposit (CD), or a brokerage account. When you do, you’ll take a powerful step toward finding a cure for future generations.

Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) residuals
What remains in a donor-advised fund is governed by the contract you completed when you created your fund. When you name PKD Foundation as a “successor” of your account or a portion of your account value, you stand with the largest private funding source for research to #endPKD.
Savings Bonds

If you have bonds that have stopped earning interest and you plan to redeem them, you might owe income tax on the appreciation. That could result in your heirs receiving only a fraction of the value of the bonds in which you invested. Since PKD Foundation is a tax-exempt institution, naming us as a beneficiary means that 100% of your gift will go toward providing support, building community and researching treatments and a cure for people confronting this terrible disease. 

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