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Dementia Bequests, Donations & Memorials 

Thank you for considering supporting the Dementia Society of America. With your Dementia donation, bequest, or memorial, you take an active role in becoming part of the solution. Your generous contributions help us further our mission to enhance the lives of people living with Dementia, their caregivers, and the community.

Dementia Society of America

As an IRS-registered national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, headquartered just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, your Dementia donation, bequest, or memorial qualifies as a tax-deductible contribution. No matter where you live if Dementia has touched you or someone you know, consider giving today.

Dementia Bequests 

If you’d like to leave a meaningful legacy, consider remembering the Dementia Society of America in your will or trust. During the estate planning process, you may designate a specific dollar amount, asset, or property, or percentage of your estate assets in your will to help us further our mission to help people living with Dementia and their caregivers. 

The following is sample bequest language for your will or trust that you can customize to suit your desired bequest: 

“I give and bequeath to the Dementia Society of America, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, the sum of $__________ (or specific asset or ________ percent of the remainder of my estate) to be used for its general charitable purposes.”

Contact the Society at 1-800-DEMENTIA (800-336-3684) to learn more about Dementia bequests.


Download a Declaration of Bequest Intention form here.

Your Dementia donation has the power to do a world of good in our mission to help people living with Dementia and their caregivers. Learn more about all of the different ways Dementia donations can be made on our website.

Dementia Donations

As a donor, you can help us advance understanding, therapies, and coping mechanisms for the leading forms of Dementia. 

We graciously accept:

  • Alzheimer’s disease Dementia donations

  • Vascular Dementia donations 

  • Lewy Body Dementia donations 

  • Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Dementia donations 

  • Frontotemporal Dementia donations 

  • Mixed Dementia donations 

  • Other Dementia donations

There are many Dementia donation options available so that you can choose the method that’s right for you.

Dementia Memorials

If you wish to encourage donations to the Dementia Society of America in lieu of flowers to memorialize a loved one, please consider adding the following statement to the obituary:

"In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in memory of _____________ to the Dementia Society of America by mail to PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901, or online."

In addition to an obituary published by the Funeral Director, you may choose to create a memorial page to remember the life of a loved one who battled Dementia. In partnership with® and their We Remember™ initiative, you can establish a We Remember memorial page online for no fee, and it will remain online without the need for renewal. Together, let’s help pay tribute to a life well-lived.

Learn how to set up a Memorial Page for your loved one.

How Your Dementia Donations, Bequests, and Memorials Make a Difference


No matter how big or small, every Dementia donation, bequest, and memorial counts. Choosing to give back is an honorable and rewarding way to show your support.

We use these generous and noble contributions for:

  • Dementia Awareness, Education, and connections to Local Resources to Help Individuals and Families in their Journey

  • Life-Enrichment Music, Art, Movement & Touch/Sensory Programs to Benefit those Living with Dementia

  • Recognizing Outstanding Carers, Innovators, and Researchers


We believe in the value of knowledge as the first step toward understanding Dementia. Facts and information help raise awareness, decrease stigma, and offer coping strategies that can enhance one's quality of life. Through our global call-to-action, Know Dementia®, we aim to help every individual and employer in the U.S. understand the facts about Dementia.

Recognition of exemplary people and organizations 

Our non-medical and easy-to-understand Dementia awareness resources and programs are geared for individuals, small and large companies, civic organizations, and the community. We develop monthly quality-of-life programs for continuing care communities and Dementia-friendly forums to highlight promising and meaningful therapies for people living with Dementia and their caregivers. 

Some people living with Dementia may long to hear music, express their feelings, feel the touch of a warm and loving hand, or watch graceful swaying and swinging dancers (and join in, if able).   

Underwritten by generous supporters like you from across the country, our Ginny Gives Grants programs provide life-enhancing opportunities for people living with Dementia to connect through art, music, dance, sensory stimulation, and other modalities. 

Your Dementia donations, bequests, and memorials help us provide quality-of-life programs designed for nursing homes, continuing care residential communities, and other Dementia communities.


Our uniquely designed programs include:

  • Art programs – Experiencing and interacting with art through creations, traveling art exhibits, or museum visits (as one is able) shares comforting artful energy, which is a remarkable gift.

  • Music programs – Whether it’s a small group gathered around an instrument, a violin serenade, or barbershop quartet, beloved music and song can reach people deeply.

  • Dance programs – With comfort and safety in mind, movement – however small – is often a powerful therapy for enhancing the sense of well-being and security.

  • Sensory stimulation programs – Holding hands, a gentle shoulder rub, feeling smooth silk, or smelling the warm cinnamon are just some sensory experiences that can instill a sense of calm.

These are just some of the examples of programs that your contributions help us provide. Reach out to learn more about the ways we’re helping people living with Dementia and their caregivers. 

Resources and Programs

People providing exceptional caregiving, counseling, engagement, and nutritional support deserve to be recognized for their valiant efforts to enhance the quality of life for people living with Dementia. We also honor companies working toward developing prevention initiatives and creating innovative products, services, and solutions. 

Your Dementia donations, bequests, and memorials help promote the following recognition efforts:

  • Dementia Carer® Award – Recognizes exceptional heartfelt and compassionate caregiving

  • Dementia SMART® Award – Recognizes organizations that develop assistive innovations and solutions for people living with Dementia

  • Dementia QUEST® Award – Recognizes research that contributes to furthering medical understanding of Dementia, including possible cures, causes, and interventions

  • Meaningful therapies – Recognizes those offering therapies centered on visual and audible arts, dance and movement, and touch and sensory stimulation to people living with Dementia or their caregivers

As the nation’s leading volunteer-driven, all-Dementias awareness organization, we appreciate your support as we work to assist people living with Dementia and their families and caretakers. When we come together to make a difference, we can enhance many peoples’ lives. If you share a passion for making change happen, please join us in our mission.

Please contact us today to learn more about Dementia donations, bequests, and memorials.

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