National Make-A-Will Month with IONS

August 1, 2023
Rosemary Calderalo, PhD, Director of Advancement

As we journey through life, we accumulate cherished memories, valuable assets, and meaningful relationships. Each of us has a unique story to tell, and it is natural to wish for our legacy to endure beyond our time on this planet. However, it can be easy for many of us to put off crucial decisions about estate planning. In an effort to encourage people to embrace the power of their legacy and ensure their wishes are honored, IONS is proud to support Make-A-Will Month. 

Understanding Make-A-Will Month

National Make-A-Will Month is an initiative designed to promote awareness about the importance of creating a will and other essential estate planning documents. This annual event, held during August, aims to remove the stigma surrounding end-of-life preparations, empowering individuals to make informed decisions about their assets and legacy. Make-A-Will-Month serves as a gentle reminder that our legacy is also about how we plan for the future.

The Power of Your Legacy

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Make-A-Will Month with IONS: Estate Planning and the Joy of Living

Friday, August 25th
11am – 12pm PDT

Our legacy goes beyond the material possessions we leave behind. It encompasses the impact we had on others, the values we lived by, and the positive changes we brought to the world. We have the unique opportunity to shape our legacy intentionally. A will stands as a reflection of our values, guiding our loved ones and future generations on the path we wish them to follow. Creating a will brings immense peace of mind, knowing that our affairs are in order, and it provides reassurance that our assets will be distributed according to our wishes.

Making a will is an opportunity to consider leaving a charitable gift as part of your legacy. Supporting a cause dear to your heart through your estate plan can leave a lasting impact on the world. It enables you to promote and preserve the values that mattered most to you during your physical lifetime. IONS is here to help you explore the planned giving topics that can make the biggest impact through your planning library. You’ll find resources on how to protect your family’s future, popular ways to give, a planning toolkit and much more.

Embracing the Journey

As part of National Make-A-Will-Month, IONS encourages individuals to take the first step on this journey of personal reflection and planning. When you include IONS in your estate plan, your generosity allows for scientific exploration to create a more compassionate, sustainable world.

IONS groundbreaking research isn’t possible without supporters like you. Thank you for ensuring that IONS can impact society well into the future. Let us come together to embrace the power of our legacy and create a positive impact for generations to come.

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Would you like to know more about how you can become part of the IONS Legacy Society or make a gift that impacts current IONS research? Contact Rosemary Calderalo, Director of Advancement, at We would love to hear from you!

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