Legacy Giving

One Member’s Story

Mary Beth Gruber

Mary Beth Gruber

Mary Beth Gruber, a longstanding Museum member and active Mystic Seaport PILOT, recently chose to make a legacy gift to Mystic Seaport through her estate plans. Mary Beth said, “Mystic Seaport has given me so much–an appreciation for the history of ships and the sea, navigation, and the connection with boats, water, and sailing. I first got involved with the Museum through an internship in the 1980s. Now I have been a member for 32 years and an active PILOT since 2004.”

So why did she choose to include Mystic Seaport in her estate plans? Mary Beth smiled when she said, “During my years as a member, I have gotten to know many different members of the professional staff at the Museum. It is my desire to support their work and the mission of the Museum into the future. That is what has inspired my support.”

Thank you, Mary Beth, for your generous support. Because of Museum members like you, Mystic Seaport can continue to be a successful institution in the future.

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way:
Safeguard Mystic Seaport for Future Generations

Turn your love of the sea and Mystic Seaport into a lasting legacy by including the Museum in your estate plan. From simple bequests to charitable reminder trusts, there are many ways to support Mystic Seaport while minimizing estate taxes and maximizing your charitable giving. Including Mystic Seaport in your estate plan is as simple as amending your will to state the following:

“I give, devise, and bequeath to Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc., located in Mystic, CT, or its successor organization, a nonprofit organization as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, $______.”

–OR–

“I give, devise, and bequeath to Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc., located in Mystic, CT, or its successor organization, a nonprofit organization as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code,  ______ percent of my estate.”

After consulting with your family, as well as your attorney and financial planner, you may decide to give a fixed dollar amount or a fixed percent of your total estate. Mystic Seaport thanks you for your support.