Bequest, life insurance and donations

Working with us to strengthen people’s resilience

By passing on part of your estate to Karuna-Shechen, you contribute to a more altruistic world and support communities in their daily lives.

Through this process, you are helping to build a more equitable society that also respects and cares for the environment.

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In France

Since 2014, Karuna-Shechen has been authorized to receive bequests, life insurance policies and donations in France thanks to the Karuna-Shechen Endowment Fund, which carries out activities in the public interest.

As such, bequests and donations made through this fund are exempt from transfer taxes (Art. 795, 14° of the CGI).

In Switzerland

As a charitable organization, Karuna-Shechen Switzerland is also entitled to receive bequest and inheritances from Swiss residents, and is exempt from inheritance tax.


Succession rules in Europe depends on the legislation of the donor’s country of residence. Karuna-Shechen is currently becoming a member of the Transnational Giving Europe network, which offers a practical and secure solution for cross-border donations and, in certain cases, bequests.

In the United States, Karuna-Shechen has created a 501c3 legal structure to receive American donations and bequests.

Let’s build an estate that suits you

Thanks to your generosity, you will ensure the continuity of our projects and the improvement of living conditions for the populations of India, Nepal and Tibet, while perpetuating the message of altruism and solidarity conveyed by Karuna-Shechen. 

Our team is at your side to answer all your questions and advise you on the development of a project that reflects you and your commitments. All our exchanges are confidential and your wishes can be modified at any time.

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A bequest (or legacy gift) is the transmission by a donor of all or part of his or her estate through a  will. Generally speaking, there are three types of legacy gifts: percentage gift, remainder gift, or specific gift.

Life insurance and retirement plans

Life insurance is a contract, taken out with a bank or insurance company, in favor of a beneficiary. On the death of the insured, the insurer  then pays these funds l  to the beneficiary. Donors can also name a nonprofit as the beneficiary of their unused retirement assets.


A donation consists of a donor giving ownership of one or more of his or her assets to a third party, called a donee, during his or her lifetime and is free of charge. Once accepted by the donee, the donation is definitive.

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Kindness in action is a balm on the wounds of this sick world, a hope to brighten hearts. At my level, it’s an answer and a solution to finding direction and meaning in my life. I’m enchanted by Karuna’s projects and achievements, which are exactly what I imagine we could do to improve the lot of thousands of people in need. To be able to “participate” in a small way through a bequest to this current of benevolence in action gives me happiness. Thank you Matthieu and Karuna.

Anne J., tester




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Relationship with donors

Members of the philanthropy team are available to answer any questions you may have.