Planned Giving

Give the gift of scientific curiosity for generations to come

A gift to The Franklin Institute that is part of a comprehensive estate plan provides a thoughtful way of fulfilling a lifetime of support to The Franklin Institute, and allows a donor to craft a significant legacy gift that may not have been possible at an earlier stage of life. Many deferred gift arrangements offer certain tax benefits to the donor and his or her heirs, and can also provide advantages such as lifetime income to the donor or other beneficiaries.

Legacy Society LogoMembers of The Benjamin Franklin Legacy Society are those individuals who have made provision in their wills or other estate plans to benefit the Institute, and who have informed the Institute’s Development Department of this commitment.


Help Enrich New Generations

You can make a planned gift to The Franklin Institute in one or more of the following ways:

  • A request in the form of a percentage of an estate, a specific dollar amount, or a specific asset such as securities, closely-held stock, or tangible personal property (such as jewelry or art)
  • Gifts that provide life income such as Charitable Remainder Trusts or Charitable Gift Annuities
  • Gifts of qualified retirement plans such as IRAs and 401(k) plans
  • Gifts of real estate through life estate arrangements
  • Gifts that preserve wealth for a future generation


Membership Benefits

  • Invitation to the annual recognition event for Benjamin Franklin Legacy Society members
  • Recognition in The Franklin Institute’s Annual Report and on prominent signage in the museum (requests for anonymity will be honored)
  • Most importantly, the satisfaction of making a gift that will provide critical endowment support for The Franklin Institute’s future

To make a planned gift, please call Bari-Joy Epstein in the Office of Planned Giving at 215-448-1148 or email

Thank you for considering this important gift! We look forward to hearing from you.