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Include the Chicago Architecture Center in your will, trust or as a beneficiary of your retirement plans and support the future of this vital organization.

Why make a planned gift?

Your future gift – in any amount – to the Chicago Architecture Center can:

  • Provide funds that help make future tour and public programming possible and accessible
  • Introduce the built environment and new career pathways to students from diverse backgrounds throughout Chicagoland
  • Support future Education programs similar to our Newhouse Competition or Girls Build!
  • Achieve tax savings and income opportunities for you today, and for your heirs in the future

All planned gifts to the Chicago Architecture Center are invested. This means that gifts of all sizes make a difference. Consider adding the CAC as a beneficiary to your will, trust or retirement plans today!

By creating a planned gift, you join a community of people who care deeply about the future of the Center. This community, called the Blueprint Society, provides exclusive benefits to members. Share your intention to give with the CAC.

What is a planned gift?

A planned gift is a future charitable gift to a nonprofit. The gift is made by including the charity in your will or trust, or as a beneficiary of a retirement or life insurance plan. After including provisions for your loved ones, you can include a charity, such as the Chicago Architecture Center, in your plans to support the future of causes that are meaningful to you.

You can use the following information to include the Chicago Architecture Center in your plans:

  • Name: Chicago Architecture Foundation, doing business as the Chicago Architecture Center
  • TAX ID: 36-6144362
  • Address: 111 East Wacker Dr, Suite 1321, Chicago, IL 60613

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Including a charity can be easier than you realize. Consult your financial advisor or lawyer today to figure out what works best for you.

While creating or updating your plans, you might need the following information:

  • Name: Chicago Architecture Foundation, doing business as the Chicago Architecture Center (you can legally use either in your plans)
  • TAX ID: 36-6144362
  • Address: 111 East Wacker Dr, Suite 1321, Chicago, IL 60613
  • Sample Language: “I give to Chicago Architecture Center, an Illinois general not for profit corporation, located in Chicago, Illinois, [insert a specific dollar amount, specified property, percentage of your estate or residual of your estate] to be put into the endowment for the general support of Chicago Architecture Center”

Do you have questions about making a gift that is not mentioned? Contact Karen Bippus at kbippus@architecture.org to learn more about what gifts the Chicago Architecture Center can and cannot accept!

Gift Types

Gift through a Will or Trust

  • When creating or updating a will or trust, the Chicago Architecture Center can be added as a beneficiary to receive a specific dollar amount, percentage or the remainder of your estate. The most impactful gifts are often percentages because the gift is relative to your estate overall. However, all gifting options offer ways to divide your assets among multiple beneficiaries to meet your planning goals.
  • Here is some sample language to include CAC in your will or trust:
    • “I give to Chicago Architecture Center, an Illinois general not for profit corporation, located in Chicago, Illinois, [insert a specific dollar amount, specified property, percentage of your estate or residual of your estate] to be put into the endowment for the general support of Chicago Architecture Center”

Beneficiary Designation on a Retirement or Life Insurance Account

  • Most retirement and life insurance accounts have a simple form to designate beneficiaries of your account. It is widely considered a best practice to have beneficiaries for every account you own to help simplify future estate administration. These beneficiaries can be individuals or charities. However, Individuals will have to pay taxes on this type of gift left to them, charities (like the CAC!) will not.
  • Here is some information you will need to complete the beneficiary form:
    • Name: Chicago Architecture Foundation, doing business as the Chicago Architecture Center (you can legally use either in your plans)
    • TAX ID: 36-6144362
    • Address: 111 East Wacker Dr, Suite 1321, Chicago, IL 60613
  • You can also use your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to make a gift to the CAC today. Learn more here.

Successor for a Donor Advised Fund or other Financial Account

  • Similar to a retirement or life insurance account, any Donor Advised Fund (DAF) or financial account you have should have a simple form to name future beneficiaries of the account. While you can name individuals or charities, there is a difference in your gift's impact between the two groups. Individuals will have to pay taxes on this type of gift left to them, charities will not.
  • Here is some information you will need to name the CAC as a beneficiary of your account:
    • Name: Chicago Architecture Foundation, doing business as the Chicago Architecture Center (you can legally use either in your plans)
    • TAX ID: 36-6144362
    • Address: 111 East Wacker Dr, Suite 1321, Chicago, IL 60613
    • Contact: CAC Development Department
  • You can also use a Donor Advised Fund to make a gift to the CAC today. Learn more here.

Other common questions

  • How can my family and loves ones benefit from a planned gift?
    • You can also add your loved ones as beneficiaries to any of the gift types discussed here. Additionally, there are ways to set up gifts so loved ones can receive an income or minimize the amount of income tax they must pay.
  • How does the CAC benefit from planned gifts?
    • All planned gifts to the Chicago Architecture Center are invested following an organization investment policy. This means that all gifts will end up having a larger impact then their initial gift value.
    • Each year going forward, the CAC will take a percentage of the income from the invested funds and direct it toward operating costs. In this way, your gift will support all CAC programs for many years to come.
  • What is the Blueprint Society?
    • The Blueprint Society recognizes individuals who make financial plans – in any amount – to benefit the future of the Chicago Architecture Center. Through the Society we honor and thank them for their commitment.
    • Learn more about Blueprint Society benefits here.
    • Join the Blueprint Society
The purpose of this information is to provide general information. It is not intended as legal, accounting, tax or other professional advice and should not be relied upon as such. For assistance with your particular information, please consult your attorney, tax advisor, financial advisor or other professional.