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When you join the 1822 Circle by naming the RIHS as a beneficiary in your estate plan, you are linking your legacy to those visionary leaders who founded the Society nearly 200 years ago.


1822 Circle members are today’s visionaries – those who understand that the actions of today inform the outcomes of tomorrow. Nearly 70% of Americans make gifts to charity during their lifetime, yet fewer than 10% create legacy gifts. Doesn’t it make sense to plan for the future of the organization you loved during your lifetime? Memories will fade and stories will be forgotten, but history preserved is still as close to immortality as any of us will achieve.


Members of the 1822 Circle are acknowledged in the Society’s annual report and donor listings. Most importantly, though, 1822 Circle members have the satisfaction of knowing that they are making history, just as the Society’s founders did in 1822. Two hundred years from now, what we do to preserve our state’s rich history will enrich the lives of our descendants and of all future Rhode Islanders.


The simplest legacy gifts include bequests by will, or the assignment of a life insurance policy or retirement fund. To find out more, contact Director of Development Kathy Klees Clarendon, or call 401.331.8575, ext.35. We can help reduce estate taxes while ensuring that the values you hold dear will live on for the next 200 years.




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