Leave a Legacy

Throughout our lives, we support the institutions and organizations that reflect our values and beliefs. A planned gift is an opportunity to continue your support as part of your legacy and have a lasting impact on generations to come!

We welcome the opportunity to talk with you about how important a planned gift from your estate would be to the Museum’s future.

How is my gift used?

Generally, gifts to the Museum help care for our historic buildings and grounds, protect our collection of Shaker artifacts, and provide engaging and enriching educational programs for visitors of all ages.

However, you can choose exactly how you would like your gift to be used!

For example, you may want your gift to go directly toward an educational program or toward the preservation of the buildings. You can leave your gift to a specific fund or to be used toward a specific project.

We’re happy to discuss any ideas you may have regarding specific goals you might want your gift to accomplish.


There are many ways to continue your legacy for generations to come.


Leave a Gift In Your Will
The most popular and simplest planned gift is a legacy under your will. It can be a gift of a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your residuary estate.

Leave a Gift of Antiques or Collectibles
A gift of an antique or historical artwork or other artifacts can be made during your life or as part of a will.

Leave a Gift Through Life Insurance Policy
You can designate the Museum as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy.

Give a Gift by Creating a Trust
Donors can create a special type of trust known as a charitable remainder trust to distribute cash or appreciated securities. You can enjoy increased income from these assets during your life and receive a significant tax deduction for the actuarially computed value of the remainder of the trust, which will pass to the Museum at the donor’s death.

When choosing to leave a gift to the Museum, please note that our legal name is Chosen Vale Inc.

We’re happy to help you develop your legacy plan, but you should speak with your financial or investment advisor or an attorney to develop the specifics for making any of these gifts. 


To learn more, please contact us by phone at 603-632-4346 or email us at development@shakermuseum.org.