Bequests & Memorials

Make an Impact for Years to Come

The ultimate honor one can offer USA for UNHCR and those it serves is to remember us with a bequest or planned gift.

So it follows that for such an exceptional gift, the highest honor we may offer to reciprocate is membership in the Nansen Society, a permanent recognition of your commitment to and concern for the displaced of the world.

The society is named for Fridtjof Nansen, the Norwegian explorer and diplomat, who was the first person to hold the title of High Commissioner for Refugees. Even before the existence of the United Nations, the League of Nations created the position of High Commissioner for Refugees with Nansen in mind. In recognition of his tireless advocacy, Mr. Nansen received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1922.

As a member of the Nansen Society, you will know that you are continuing our tradition—helping to ensure the future strength of UNHCR. Your name will be included on a special electronic recognition wall on our website, and you will receive an annual newsletter for Nansen Society members.

If you have already named us as the beneficiary of a bequest gift, please contact us so that we are aware of your intent, and so that we may formally welcome you to the Nansen Society.

If you would like more information about how you can become a member, contact David Hall, by e-mail at or by calling 202-293-0434.