When you make a planned gift to Sheppard Pratt, you are making the gift of a lifetime.

We offer several ways for you to make an impact with your generosity. Learn more below, or contact David Drake, Director of Stewardship, at 410-938-4092 or ddrake@sheppardpratt.org.

Leave a Legacy of Hope and Healing

Including Sheppard Pratt in your estate plans will support mental healthcare, research, special education, and community-based mental health programs. Beginning with Sheppard Pratt’s founding in 1853 with Moses Sheppard’s bequest, people have included Sheppard Pratt in their estate plans. Bequests of all sizes continue to make a significant difference in the care we provide. Bequests are a flexible way you can make a meaningful future gift to Sheppard Pratt.


Outright Bequest

An outright bequest allows you to donate either a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your estate to Sheppard Pratt. Your bequest can be cash, securities, real estate, or other assets. You can also make Sheppard Pratt a contingent beneficiary if your named beneficiaries do not survive you.

Residuary Bequest

With a residuary bequest, you designate the people who receive outright bequests. Sheppard Pratt only receives funds once all your other obligations have been fulfilled.

Bequest Language

Here is a sample bequest language that you can share with your attorney:

“I give (the sum of $_______ or______ percentage of my estate) to the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Foundation, Inc. for its general purposes. The Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Foundation is a Maryland not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation having a principal place of business on 6501 N. Charles Street, Towson, Maryland, 21204.”

Your attorney can modify the language to meet your specific circumstances. The Foundation's federal tax ID number is 52-1357109.

Designated Beneficiary

Designate Sheppard Pratt as a beneficiary of your retirement account, IRA, life insurance, stock, or bank account. You can name Sheppard Pratt as a full or partial beneficiary. Adding or changing a beneficiary is as simple as filling out a form from the company that manages your account. It often can be done online, and beneficiaries can be changed easily and at no cost.

Sheppard Pratt 1853 Society

The 1853 Society

The 1853 Society recognizes the year of Sheppard Pratt's founding and honors Moses Sheppard and Enoch Pratt, who both made generous bequests to create a hospital that would provide modern, compassionate care to the mentally ill.

The 1853 Society honors people who include Sheppard Pratt in their estate plans. You can join the 1853 Society either by including us in your will, a trust, or designating Sheppard Pratt as the beneficiary of one of your accounts. Members are recognized in our annual report but may remain anonymous if they choose. If you are interested in becoming a member, the form is available here.

To include Sheppard Pratt in your estate plans, please use our official name, Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Foundation, Inc. Our tax ID number is 52-1357109.