Are you looking for a meaningful way to protect our history, heritage, and the material legacies of the past?

One of the simplest steps you can take to protect these vital cultural assets for future generations is to make a lasting gift through your will, retirement plan, or life insurance policy. It is as easy as signing your name.

Save what you cherish and pass on your values by naming the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) with a gift that may provide tax savings and reduce the tax burden for your heirs.

When you support SHA through a bequest or legacy gift, you make a powerful, significant impact and become a part of protecting our cultural heritage into the future.

What to do

  1. Include SHA in your will or revocable trust.
    Suggested bequest language: “I give _____ (residue, percentage, or specific amount) to the Society for Historical Archaeology (Tax ID No. 23-6446979), for its general purposes to promote research, preservation, and educational outreach concerning the past and the world’s cultural heritage.”
  1. SHA receives the gift after your lifetime.

Benefits of Giving

  1. You retain control of your assets and can modify your gift at any time.
  2. You can direct your gift to a particular purpose (be sure to check with SHA to make sure your gift can be used as you intend).
  3. Your gift may be exempt from federal and state estate taxes.
  4. You have satisfaction of knowing today that you will be helping to protect our heritage tomorrow.

Have you already made a gift for tomorrow through your will, retirement plan or insurance policy?   

Please let us know.

We’re here to help

We can help you consider which gift is right for you. To notify us of a legacy gift you have planned, or to discuss a best gift option for you, please contact us at (301) 972-9684 or by email at

For more information, please contact us:

Society for Historical Archaeology
13017 Wisteria Drive, No. 395
Germantown, MD 20874

Telephone: (301) 972-9684
Fax: (866) 285-3512
Attention: Karen Hutchison, Executive Director

The Society for Historical Archaeology is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization (Tax ID No. 23-6446979 under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

You may also be able to designate gifts from life insurance policies and remainders of qualified retirement plans such as IRAs and 401(k) and 403(b) plans. Please consult your professional advisor on how to do this.  No part of this communication is intended as tax or estate planning advice. When considering a legacy gift, please consult a qualified professional.

Thank you!