Support USDSA with a Legacy Gift (Planned Giving)

Making a legacy gift or bequest to the United States Deputy Sheriff’s Association is a great way to show your continued support for the men and women in law enforcement across America. Legacy giving (or planned giving) is a way to support the work of the USDSA through your estate.

A lifetime gift to USDSA is a great way to help us keep providing the many programs we have for law enforcement officers and their families. Your gift means more FREE lifesaving equipment to underfunded agencies, more FREE training to keep America’s officers safe, continued support of law enforcement families through our End of Watch and scholarship programs, and the means to fulfill our mission to encourage the general public to support, honor, and recognize law enforcement for their sacrifices.

How to Designate a Legacy Gift to USDSA

We always encourage everyone to consult with their families and legal or financial advisors before making any of these kinds of gifts and to determine which way of leaving a legacy gift is best for you.

Will or Trust
A bequest can easily be included in your will or trust specifying a gift to USDSA.  There are several options for the way the bequest can be done.

  • Gift of a specific dollar amount or asset;
  • Gift of a percentage of your estate;
  • Gift of a particular asset; and/or
  • Gift from the balance or residue of your estate.    

Retirement Accounts
A gift or donation can be made through your retirement accounts such as IRA, 401(k) or other retirement accounts, by naming USDSA as a beneficiary.

Life Insurance Policies
Life insurance policies that are no longer needed to assist family members can be an easy way to leave support by naming USDSA as the designated beneficiary.

Banking and Investment Accounts
Bank and investment accounts are also an easy way to leave USDSA a legacy gift. By naming USDSA as a beneficiary as a TOD (Transfer on Death) or a POD (Payable on Death).  Please check with your banking institute to make sure such accounts are permitted.

Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD)
At a certain age, you are required to make a required minimum distribution (RQDs) from your tax-deferred retirement accounts, according to the IRS. This QCD is a direct donation from your IRA paid directly to a qualified non-profit organization. As a direct payment, the donation is not considered part of your income and is not taxable.