Make a Gift in your Will

Doing good things for others is important to many people. If helping people benefit from expert medical care and lifesaving research is your goal, you can choose Vanderbilt University Medical Center as your partner to make a difference for generations to come. 

Be a part of the Medical Center community

Making a gift in your will to Vanderbilt University Medical Center allows you to support the causes that are important in your life. As a partner in the Medical Center's mission you can have full confidence knowing your gift will be used as you intend.

Here is suggested language to insert in your will. Please share it with your estate planning adviser as well:

  • I give the sum of $____ [or ___ percent of my estate] to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, a not-for-profit corporation located at 1211 Medical Center Drive in Nashville, Tennessee, tax ID number 35-2528741, to be used for...

You can designate your gift for many purposes:

  • General purposes
  • Research at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
  • Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
  • Training and support of medical residents and fellows
  • Medical research
  • Patient care
  • Any other area(s) of your choosing

Honor a family member

Do you have someone in your family, living or deceased, with a connection to the Medical Center? Someone who would have appreciated your support? You can make a tribute gift in your will by naming that family member and noting that your gift is being made in their honor. 

Name the Medical Center as your IRA beneficiary

An Individual Retirement Account (IRA) is an ideal asset to use for gifts to the Medical Center. The Medical Center is tax exempt, so when it inherits part or all of an IRA, no income tax is due. (An individual who inherits an IRA must pay income tax on all withdrawals from the account.)

How to name Vanderbilt University Medical Center as a beneficiary of your IRA:

  1. Contact your IRA or retirement plan administrator (for example, TIAA, Fidelity Investments, Vanguard Group, Charles Schwab). Ask for a beneficiary designation form, which can be mailed or completed online on the administrators' website. 
     
  2. How do you designate beneficiaries on the form? Here's an example: "Eighty percent to Mary Jones, my daughter; and 20 percent to Vanderbilt University Medical Center," or any combination you choose.
     
  3. Your IRA administrator will ask for the Medical Center's address and federal taxpayer identification number (TIN), also known as an employer identification number (EIN):

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Trusts, Estates and Gift Planning
    3322 West End Avenue, Suite 900
    Nashville, Tennessee 37203-1197
    Tax ID Number 35-2528741