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Legacy Giving

Last updated: October 18, 2023

Choosing to leave the Center for Victims of Torture in your estate plans is one of the most powerful ways you can take action to help rebuild the lives of survivors of torture. A legacy gift represents a lasting contribution to the pursuit of a world without torture.

How to get started

No matter your stage in life, it is never too early to think about your future and plan for how your affairs will be handled when you are gone. With just a few simple steps and legal instructions, you can have peace of mind for tomorrow.

Explore your planned giving options, or use this online tool to create your estate plan for free, and include a legacy gift to the Center for Victims of Torture. Courtesy of our partnership in FreeWill, this tool guides you through the process in 20 minutes or less and makes it easier than ever to join our Legacy Society with a lasting commitment to human rights.

What is the Legacy Society?

The Legacy Society is a community of givers who believe in a world free from torture, and choose to leave an impact that will be felt by generations to come. By planning a future gift to the Center for Victims of Torture, members of The Legacy Society help ensure that our work will continue until every torture survivor finds healing and justice.

Have you already made a gift to CVT in your will or trust? Let us properly Thank You by filling out the form below:

Giving Options

  • A gift in your will: Whether you designate a specific amount or leave a percentage of your estate, your legacy gift will empower CVT’s continued work. We’ve partnered with Freewill, an online tool that guides you through the process of creating a legally valid will. It’s easy to use, free of charge, and can be completed in 20 minutes or less. You can use this tool to start your legacy with CVT so we can continue to restore hope, for years to come. Start My Free Estate Plan.
  • Beneficiary Designations: Your retirement plans, financial accounts, annuities, and life insurance policies can all help survivors of torture rebuild their lives and restore their hope.

Bequests to the Center for Victims of Torture are fully deductible as a charitable gift for federal estate tax purposes and, in most cases, for state death tax purposes. We recommend that you consult with your attorney or advisor before planning a gift to the Center for Victims of Torture.


Q: Can anyone participate in CVT’s planned giving program?
A: Yes! No matter your income or your age, there are ways you can help.

Q: Is there a minimum financial requirement for a planned gift?
A: No. Gifts in all amounts are welcome.

Q: If I make a bequest through my will, do I have to specify a dollar amount?
A: No. You can leave a certain percentage of your entire estate or of what is left after other bequests are fulfilled.

The Center for Victims of Torture will presume that bequests will be for “general uses and purposes,” unless there is an explicit restriction. If you would like your bequest to be used by CVT for a specific purpose, please contact Laura Kuhlmann ([email protected]), or have your attorney contact Laura, to discuss if and how we can ensure that your wishes are carried out.

The information found on this page is intended for informational purposes only. We recommend consulting with a trusted financial advisor before making decisions involving your estate.