Ways to Use

In Memory Of

How do you honor the life of someone who has passed away? You can use your Giving Fund to bring family and friends together, celebrate a loved one, and make a positive impact in their honor.

Memorial Giving

When a loved one passes, a widow or widower can set up a Giving Fund to honor their late spouse’s memory. They can invite family and friends to contribute to the fund instead of sending flowers. You can then use your Giving Fund to support the deceased's favorite causes.

Supporting a Cause in the Name of

Sometimes a personal loss can inspire people to want to make a difference. Your Giving Fund can help drive their activism. For example, a family who loses a mother to cancer can set up a Giving Fund in honor of her memory to support cancer research. The whole family can recommend grants to cancer organizations, research institutions or even the hospital that treated her. It can be a powerful way to bring family together and transform loss into meaningful action.

Contributions to the Giving Fund are irrevocable. All recommendations from donors are subject to review and approval by TIAA Charitable.

TIAA Charitable does not provide tax advice. Taxpayers should seek advice based on their own particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.

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