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How it works

You name Caltech as a beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k) or other qualified plan.

After your lifetime, the residue of your plan passes to Caltech tax-free.


  • You can escape both income-tax and estate-tax levied on the residue left in your retirement account by leaving it to Caltech.
  • Give the most-taxed asset in your estate to Caltech, and leave more favorably taxed property to your heirs.
  • You can continue to take withdrawals during your lifetime.
  • You can change the beneficiary if your circumstances change.

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Simply write the following wording on your beneficiary designation form: California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA.

For more information

Email us, complete the personal illustration form, or call us at 626-395-2927 so that we can assist you through every step of the process.