Make a valuable contribution to Hancock Shaker Village without any out-of-pocket expense — and get a tax benefit, too!

How Planned-Giving Benefits Hancock Shaker Village

The income from bequests goes directly into our endowment, rather than funding current operations. Endowment growth, in turn, produces dividend revenue that can be drawn on annually in a predictable pattern. Unlike the repeating fundraising cycles of Membership and Annual Fund campaigns, Planned Giving donations help us achieve financial independence and self-sufficiency over time. There are many ways to make a planned gift, including:

Wills and Testaments

  • Percentage Bequest: A percentage of the donor’s estate (in cash, stocks, or other securities) is left to Hancock Shaker Village
  • Specific Bequest: A specific dollar amount is left to Hancock Shaker Village

Life Insurance

  • You can name Hancock Shaker Village as an additional beneficiary to an existing policy.
  • You can purchase a new policy naming Hancock Shaker Village as beneficiary.


For more information about planned giving options, contact Kristen Baker Dominguez, Development Manager by phone at 413.443.0188 x 215 or by email at