A young child is lifted from a boat containing approximately 650 refugees
A young child is lifted from a boat containing approximately 650 refugees during a rescue in the Mediterranean Sea by the Bourbon Argos.
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Name MSF as a charity beneficiary of IRA

Naming Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) as a beneficiary on your retirement account or life insurance policy is a simple and powerful way to support the lifesaving work of our organization without changing your will or living trust. Beneficiary designation gifts pass directly to MSF without going through the probate process and go right to work to help us provide life-saving medical care.

Retirement accounts

Many of our donors name MSF as a beneficiary of all or a specified percentage of their IRA, 401(k), 403(b), or other retirement plan.

Individuals who inherit retirement plan assets are usually required to pay income tax on them, so they're often considered among the best assets to leave to charity.

How to name MSF as a beneficiary on your retirement accounts

Ask your retirement plan administrator or financial institution for a change of beneficiary form. Please list us as:

Legal Name:

Doctors Without Borders USA


40 Rector Street, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10006

Federal Tax ID #:



Notify us of your beneficiary designation

Please let us know when you’ve made a beneficiary designation for MSF so that we can thank you and include you in our Legacy Society.

Request a copy of our legacy brochure. Notify us of your intention.

To learn more, please contact Lauren Ford, Planned Giving Officer, at 212.763.5750 or lauren.ford@newyork.msf.org.

Other ways to name MSF as a beneficiary

Bank and investment accounts & commercial annuities

You can leave a legacy by naming MSF as a Transfer-on-Death (TOD) or Payable-on-Death (POD) beneficiary on a bank or investment account, or a commercial annuity. Check with your financial institution to see if this option is available to you.

Life insurance policies

If you have a life insurance policy that is no longer needed for your family, designating MSF as a beneficiary is a simple way to support our work.