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Planned Giving

We are so grateful for your ongoing support! But before making any major financial decision, please consult your legal counsel or financial advisor. Here are a few ways to plan your charitable donations to the Historical Society: 

Through a bequest you can make a gift of assets to The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest through your will. Consider a provision in your will that names the Historical Society a beneficiary of your estate. Your bequest ensures that you will leave a meaningful legacy towards our mission. 

Charitable Gift Annuities & Charitable Trusts 
Through a charitable gift annuity or charitable trust you retain an interest in the gift, with the remainder to be received by the Historical Society at a later time. There may be specific tax benefits to you and your estate in utilizing one of the planned giving tools in support of the Society. 

Ask us about multi-year pledges.

Cash donations are the simplest way to support Oak Park River Forest Museum and The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest. We accept cash, check or payments via credit card. You can make a secure, online donation on our website. Click here to make a donation today! 

Matching Gift Programs
Many companies offer matching gift programs, which can multiply your donation. Check with your employer to see if such a program if offered.