Planned giving

Foster the next generation of writers and readers. A gift to Milkweed Editions in your will, trust, or IRA helps ensure the press can continue to invest in promising authors, publish their transformative books, and spread their important messages to readers everywhere.


If you’ve already made the generous decision to include Milkweed in your estate plans, thank you! You’re invited to join fellow donors in the Perennial Society. Please let us know of your plans so that we can include you in Perennial Society communications and programs.

How to give

One of the easiest ways to make a planned gift is to include Milkweed Editions in your will or trust. You can arrange for Milkweed to receive a specific dollar amount or a percentage of the remainder of your estate (a residuary bequest). Click here for recommended language to share with your financial planner or attorney.

Retirement plans
When you name your children or anyone other than your spouse as a beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k), or other retirement plan, they receive only a fraction of the plan’s face value, since inherited assets of retirement plans are subject to both estate and income taxes. You may want to name or designate Milkweed as a beneficiary of your retirement plan; as a tax-exempt organization, the press will generally receive the full amount of the plan’s value. To name Milkweed as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, contact your plan administrator to obtain a beneficiary form.

Donor-advised funds
You can name Milkweed as a charitable beneficiary of your donor-advised fund (DAF). Simply complete a beneficiary designation form from your DAF advisor.

Milkweed does not accept gifts of life insurance, tangible personal property, or real estate.

Designating your gift

Unrestricted gifts allow Milkweed to direct funds where they are most needed. You may also direct your gift toward a specific passion or interest, including our publishing program, community engagement, or the Fellowship program.

If you would like to designate your gift for a particular purpose, please contact Anna Thorsen at so we can work together to ensure that the intentions of your gift are clear.

Recommended language

To leave a gift to Milkweed in your will or trust, simply share the below with your financial planner or attorney.

Milkweed Editions EIN: 41-1365177

To make an unrestricted bequest
“I give (the sum of _____ dollars), or (all or % of the residuary of my estate) to Milkweed Editions, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota, in support of Milkweed’s general purposes.”

The material presented on this site is not offered as legal or tax advice. For assistance with your particular information, please consult your attorney, tax advisor, financial advisor, or other professional.

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