Make a Donation to IAUC

A donation to the IAUC supports our Mission, which includes working through the American democratic process for justice and peace in Ireland, advocating for the peaceful reunification of Ireland, and educating the American public and elected officials on these matters. We also help support worthy charitable organizations in Ireland, north and south, who further our goals.

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It is now possible to donate directly to IAUC via your Zelle account. Our Zelle email address is or you can scan the qr code below.

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“Contributions or gifts to IAUC are not deductible
as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes”

Leave a Legacy

The Irish American Unity Conference is a nationwide and wholly American organization dedicated to peace, with justice, in a united Ireland. We work through the American democratic process to further our goals.

We invite you to consider a lasting legacy by including IAUC in your will or through other legacy options outlined below. We encourage you to discuss this with your family, your attorney and your financial advisor to determine the best option for your estate planning.


For many donors, a bequest (leaving money in your will) is the most practical way of making a significant gift to the Irish American Unity Conference (IAUC). The bequest may be in the form of cash, securities, real estate, tangible personal property, or other assets.

You may provide for IAUC by creating a new will, adding a codicil to your present will, including IAUC in your revocable trust, or designating IAUC as a beneficiary of your retirement plan.

To ensure that your exact intentions are carried out, wills, codicils, and trusts should be prepared by or with the advice of your attorney.

  • Sample language for your will: I give, devise, and bequeath to The Irish American Unity Conference, P.O. Box 55573, Washington, DC 20040 (insert amount, percentage, nature of gift, or remainder of estate) to be used for general operations (or your designated purpose).


Specific Bequests: IAUC receives a specific dollar amount, or specific assets, such as securities, real estate, or tangible personal property (e.g., works of art, antiques, etc.).

Residuary Bequests: IAUC receives all or a percentage of the remainder of your estate after the payment of any specific bequests and all estate related expenses.

Testamentary Trust: The trust provides one or more heirs with income for life, after which the assets pass to IAUC.

Retirement Plan: IAUC is designated as a beneficiary of the remainder of your IRA, Keogh, tax-deferred annuity, or qualified pension, or profit-sharing plan.

Testamentary QTIP Trust: The trust provides income, and principal if needed, to your spouse for life, after which a portion or all of the assets pass to IAUC.

Contingent Bequest: IAUC receives the bequest only in the event of the death of other beneficiaries.


One simple way to provide lasting support to IAUC is to take out a life insurance policy, naming The Irish American Unity Conference as a beneficiary, or to add IAUC as a beneficiary to an existing policy.

Please let us know if we may assist you with this or any other method of providing assistance for the important work of The Irish American Unity Conference.


Using your retirement plan as a planned gift vehicle can be a tax-efficient way to fund part or all of your bequest to The Irish American Unity Conference (IAUC), because retirement plans that remain in your estate are often subject to both estate and income taxes when received by your heirs. In a large estate, the effective combined tax rate on a retirement plan may exceed 70%.

  1. You can name IAUC as the beneficiary of your IRA, Keogh, Tax- Deferred Annuity, or qualified pension or profit-sharing plan.
    • To include IAUC as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, simply notify the institution which administers your account of your desire to name IAUC as a beneficiary.
    • A “change of beneficiary” form will be required if the account has already been established, and, except in the case of an IRA, a waiver of Federal spousal rights will have to be signed by your spouse.

    Any beneficiary designation for a retirement plan is, of course, subject to the terms of the particular plan. Therefore, if you are considering naming IAUC as a beneficiary of your plan, you should first determine whether the benefits under the plan may be paid to a 501(c)4 beneficiary.

    You should also consult with your tax adviser as to the effect of naming IAUC as a beneficiary of your retirement plan or IRA on distributions to you or to any other beneficiaries.

  2. Alternatively, you may designate IAUC as a contingent or secondary beneficiary of your IRA or qualified retirement plan, to take what remains in the IRA or plan after the death of your spouse or other primary beneficiary, or after your death if the named primary beneficiary does not survive you.

Sample language for such a designation where the spouse is the primary beneficiary is as follows:

“The beneficiary is my spouse as long as he/she survives me. The beneficiary of any amounts remaining in the plan after the death of my spouse, or of the entire amount in the plan upon my death if my spouse does not survive me, or any portion thereof which my spouse may disclaim is The Irish American Unity Conference, Inc., a 501(4) social welfare organization.”

With this designation, your spouse is still able to withdraw the entire amount from your plan or roll over the assets into his/her own IRA if needed.

Under this scenario, to ensure that your gift plan is carried out, we suggest your spouse name IAUC as a beneficiary of his/her own IRA as well.