Planning Today for the Future of Our Movement
You and DSA have stood on the shoulders of those who came before. And those who come after us will stand on our shoulders. They will inherit a legacy of values, ideas, and action. But in order to put those ideas into action, future DSAers will also need a legacy of resources.
That’s where you come in.
You may not think you have resources to leave to DSA, or you may be planning to leave a legacy gift but just haven’t gotten around to it. In either case, we ask you to take action now to help ensure DSA’s future.
The truth is that even many of us with modest means have insurance policies, pension benefits, wills or living trusts for which we can designate beneficiaries, like DSA. And we appreciate gifts of all sizes.
A bequest is one of the simplest ways to support DSA. These thoughtful gifts ensure that we can continue our critical work to fight for a society based on cooperation, solidarity, and socialism.
Even if you are one of the 50 percent of the people in this country who don’t have a will, if you have a retirement plan, insurance policy or home, even a car in your name, you can designate beneficiaries.
“Without a strong socialist presence in U.S. politics, the struggle for social justice is severely weakened. I want my children to live in a more just world and be able to participate in a vibrant organization fighting for our cause. That’s why I am including in my will a generous bequest to DSA.”
— Joseph Schwartz, National Vice-Chair of DSA
Will you join the Legacy Circle? Please take these steps now:
- Make a list of all your assets, including your insurance policies, real property, retirement plans, and other resources.
- Make a list of the people for whom you want to provide and the organizations you want to benefit.
- Think about an executor for your estate who will know and understand your wishes.
- Talk to a lawyer. Yes, it’s an expense, but it could save your will from being contested by right-wing relatives. DSA cannot provide legal advice.
There are many ways you can help guarantee DSA’s future:
- Leave a specific amount or a percentage of your estate to DSA in your will.
- Designate DSA as a primary or secondary beneficiary of your retirement plan.
- Designate DSA as a beneficiary of an insurance policy.
- Leave a home or real-estate property to DSA.
For more information, write to DSA's National Director Maria Svart at msvart (at) dsausa.org. Note, however, that we cannot provide legal advice.
Bequests and other gifts to DSA are not tax-deductible. If your bequest or gift needs to be tax-deductible, it should be left for DSA's sister educational organization, DSA Fund.
We value your privacy. All of the information you provide us about a legacy gift will remain private. We do not publicize the size of legacy gifts unless directed to do so.