In 1933, Col. E.C. Harwood founded the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) in the wake of the 1929 crash and at the height of the Depression. At the invitation of MIT, its campus became AIER’s first home.
From the outset, AIER’s mission as a private, independent, nonprofit educational research organization, was to provide useful, low-cost information about economic and financial matters of genuine importance to individuals.
Nearly 85 years on, the work of the institute continues, thanks in part to the planned and bequest gifts made by many of the institute’s members, friends, and beneficiaries of AIER’s advice.
The Harwood Legacy Circle recognizes and honors those individuals who have created a legacy for themselves, their loved ones and for AIER through their wills, trusts, stock gifts, life insurance designations, or other planned giving arrangements. By joining others who have taken this step, you can take pride in being part of this important legacy.
A legacy gift may also be designated to create a named endowment fund. Named funds can be established in memory of a loved one, in your own name, or to honor and recognize someone you respect. The fund can be designated either in perpetuity (with annual spendable income disbursed in accordance with AIER’s Policy) or it can be drawn down over a period of years designated by the donor.
Harwood Legacy Circle members enjoy special privileges, including:
- Commemorative Harwood coin
- Invitations to special Legacy Circle events with special guest speakers
- Invitation to AIER’s Annual Meeting
For more information about Planned and Bequest gift options, please call, email or write to our Planned Giving Office.
If you have already included the institute as a beneficiary in your planned giving arrangements, please let us know, so we can welcome you as a member of the Harwood Legacy Circle.