National Aquarium

Planned Giving

The National Aquarium established the Angelfish Legacy Society to honor individuals who have expressed their commitment to ensure the Aquarium is able to carry out its mission to inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures.


Members of the Angelfish Legacy Society receive the following benefits:

  • Recognition, with your permission, in a special section of our Annual Report and on our donor wall
  • Invitations to exclusive Aquarium events, including special exhibit previews.

The information below will give you an overview of our gift planning options. All gifts may be designated to unrestricted operating support, or can be directed to specific programs.


Including the National Aquarium in your will or estate plan.

Life Insurance Policy

Make the National Aquarium a beneficiary of your life insurance policy.

Charitable Gift Annuity

The donor transfers cash or securities in exchange for a charity’s promise to pay a fixed annuity to one or two individuals for life.

Charitable Remainder Trust

You transfer assets to this type of trust in return for income for a period of years or your lifetime. At the death of the surviving beneficiary or the end of a set number of years, the remaining principal in the trust passes to the National Aquarium.

Charitable Remainder Unitrust

Beneficiaries receive a fixed percentage (minimum 5%, maximum 50%) of the value of the trust assets as revalued every year (the standard unitrust). Alternatively, the trust may pay the lesser of the unitrust amount or the trust's actual income (a net-income unitrust); make-up provisions are permitted. Additional contributions are possible.

Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust

A Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust is a vehicle that entails a donor placing a major gift of cash or property into a trust. The trust then pays a fixed amount of income each year to the donor or the donor's specified beneficiary. When the donor dies, the remainder of the trust is transferred to the charity.

Charitable Lead Trust

The charitable lead trust is the reverse of the charitable remainder trust. The lead trust pays either an annuity or a unitrust amount to one or more charities during the trust term and the remainder passes to the donor or a named beneficiary. Lead trusts can be set up during life (either as grantor or non grantor trusts) or at death.

The National Aquarium in Baltimore is a nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

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