Join the Legacy Challenge!

Did you know that a legacy gift helped create The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center? Businessman Monroe Dunaway Anderson established the MD Anderson Foundation to give back to the community that had contributed to his success. After his death, the foundation matched funding from the Texas Legislature to open the state’s first cancer hospital, named in his memory. Since then, estate gifts from legacy gift donors have helped us lead the way in cancer research and care.

If you are considering a gift in your will to MD Anderson, now is a great time to let us know.

Between now and Aug. 31, 2023 if you confirm your legacy gift amount by Aug. 31, an anonymous group of forward-thinking donors will match 10% of your intended gift amount — up to $10,000, while funds last.


$90,500 out of our $100,000 goal reached



How the Legacy Challenge Works

Once you have made a gift in your will or trust, or through beneficiary designation to MD Anderson, you are eligible to join the Challenge! Making this type of legacy gift is an easy process that costs you nothing now and makes a lasting difference for people with cancer.

Here are two popular ways supporters make legacy gifts:

Gifts in a Will

A gift in your will or trust is easy to establish; it can be changed at any time and for any reason and it creates your legacy with MD Anderson. Click here for sample language.

Gifts by Beneficiary Designation

It’s easy to set up a legacy gift through a beneficiary designation in your retirement plan, insurance plan, or other asset. Simply complete a beneficiary designation form from your fund’s administrator. When you do, you take a powerful step toward eliminating cancer.

To learn more about leaving a gift in your will, request these complimentary resources:

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When you share details about your gift, you activate an immediate donation from our anonymous donors in your name – 10% of your legacy gift’s value, up to $10,000 while funds last.

Read Example Scenario

Ellen, makes MD Anderson the beneficiary of her IRA fund, valued at $50,000. Ellen joins the Legacy Challenge by documenting her gift using the form below, which activates an immediate donation in her name of $5,000 from our anonymous donor.

Activate Donation

You will activate an immediate donation in your name that will be used now to meet the urgent needs of people with cancer.

You will inspire others to support MD Anderson by allowing us to recognize your generous commitment, making an even greater impact. However, if you prefer to remain anonymous, we will honor your choice.

You are welcomed into MD Anderson Legacy Society. The MD Anderson Legacy Society is a special group of visionary individuals who have included MD Anderson in their long-term financial and estate plans. Our members are insightful leaders who guide the way for future generations.

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