What is Planned Giving?

Planned giving is the process of thoughtfully including a charitable gift in your estate plans. It is a method of establishing your legacy of support for the organization you love while providing for your current financial needs. You can help ensure that The American Legion has a lasting impact for the generations that follow by providing for the continuation of our many programs and services that enhance the lives of those we serve.

Philanthropy and individual gifts have been essential in shaping the history of our organization, and these contributions will play an important role in its promising future. Your actions now can have a profound impact in the life of another person. And you can help contribute to that future by including The American Legion in your estate and other financial preparations.

Charitable Programs

Learn about the various charitable programs you can support through the American Legion:

American Legion Charities, Inc. 501(c)(3) 
This is a charitable corporation established by American Legion National Headquarters to receive bequests from individuals, corporations or foundations to fund veterans programs for unrestricted or restricted gifts to assist veterans or their families. Donations may include specific bequests to fund Legion programs such as Boys Nation, Boys State, American Legion Baseball, The American Legion Oratorical Program and others that support children and youth activities or the general charitable programs of The American Legion.
Federal Tax ID No. 90-101797

American Legion Endowment Fund Corporation 501(c)(3)
The Endowment Fund, a separate 501(c)(3) organization, was created for the purpose of providing financial support to the children and youth and veterans rehabilitation programs of The American Legion. Income is restricted to funding programs such as Temporary Financial Assistance, veteran service officer training schools and VA Board of Appeals staff training.
Federal Tax ID No. 35-6039680

American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, Inc.
Created by The American Legion in 1954, as a separate 501(c)(3), the Child Welfare Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations that contribute to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of children and youth; to improve the lives of children and youth through funding projects or in other ways, including youth activities and programs sponsored by The American Legion.
Federal Tax ID No. 35-7041737

The American Legion Scholarship Trust
In 1995, the Samsung Corporation established this scholarship trust in gratitude to the veterans of the Korean War. The trust provides college scholarships for youths who have parents who are veterans from any war involving America.
Federal Tax ID No. 35-0144250

The American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund
The fund provides scholarship money for children whose parents have died on active duty since Sept. 11, 2001, or who have a VA disability rating of 50 percent or greater.
Federal Tax ID No. 42-15553035

Operation Comfort Warriors
This program, which was established in 2007, provides comfort items to those who are wounded, injured or ill in military and federal veterans’ health-care facilities. Funds are used to purchase items not normally provided by the federal government, such as art and sports therapy equipment, recreational opportunities and entertainment for the wounded servicemembers and their families.
Federal Tax ID No. 90-101797

National Emergency Fund
The fund directs immediate cash grants to Legionnaires whose homes were affected from natural disasters such as wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes and flooding. Legion posts are also eligible for emergency assistance.
Federal Tax ID No. 35-6679628

Neither the author, publisher nor organization are legal or tax advice providers. These examples are general and may not apply to all individuals. The purpose of this website and publication is to provide accurate and authoritative information of a general character. Prospective donors should consult their personal tax and financial advisors for specific details about making gifts to The American Legion. State laws govern wills, trusts and charitable gifts made in contractual agreements. Professional advice should be sought when considering these as well as all other gifts.

Contact us

To learn more about your giving options, please contact our planned giving staff at plannedgiving@legion.org or 317.630.1229.