• Wills and Bequests

    Plan Today. Ensure the Aspen Institute and your legacy will endure.

    Walter Paepcke, founder of the Aspen Institute, combined his values with his vision to create a lasting legacy for generations to come. We now benefit from the seeds he planted. Today, your decision to make a bequest can plant more Aspen seeds for those who follow.

    A bequest allows you to retain control of your assets during your lifetime, while providing you with the satisfaction of knowing your designated assets will be directed to the Aspen Institute.

    Bequests can be designed in several ways: a specific dollar amount, a specific percentage of your estate, or the most powerful gift: a combination of these after provisions have been made for other beneficiaries.

    Sample Bequest Language

    “I give and bequeath _______________________ [dollar amount, percentage of my estate and/or a percentage of my residuary estate, etc.] to the Aspen Institute (Federal Tax ID#84-0399006), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation under the laws of the State of Colorado, and with headquarters at 2300 N Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20037.”

    Thank you for considering a gift to the Aspen Institute through your estate. If you choose to inform us about your future bequest, we will have many more opportunities to thank you. You will be invited to join our Aspen Legacy Society, our way of expressing gratitude starting now and continuing into the future. One of the many outcomes of your generosity is that it ensures the Aspen Institute is successfully positioned for decades to come. An investment in our mission equips us to plan today and enables us to pivot for the unexpected of tomorrow.

    Let us hear from you.

    We can help establish your legacy with a planned gift that is right for you. For more information on bequests, endowments, or naming opportunities, please contact:

    Stephenie Maurer, Vice President of Institutional Advancement
    (301) 518-4925


    The above information is intended to provide general information. It is not intended nor should it be relied upon as legal or tax advice. You are encouraged to contact qualified professional advisors to discuss your estate plans to be sure your wishes for family and the Aspen Institute are properly documented.