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  • Support a cause that's important to you with a planned gift
  • Put your assets to work with our tax-efficient charitable strategies
  • Take advantage of the many tax benefits of making a gift
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A bequest to further good work

A bequest to further good work
Nancy and David were dedicated volunteers. Over the years, they had seen many individuals helped by the good work of their favorite charity. They wanted to create a legacy to provide future resources to continue its mission.

David: The work of our favorite charity was important to us. We regularly made cash gifts but wanted to do more. We received the charity's newsletter and noted that we could make a gift from our estate and join the legacy society. We saw a picture of smiling people just like us, and we wanted to be part of that group.

Nancy: We met with our lawyer to revise our wills, and we each included a provision for a bequest to charity. Our lawyer put language in our wills that will give a percentage of our estate to our favorite charity. This was easy to arrange and permits us to still use our assets during our lives if we need them.

David: Their gift planner was excited to learn about our bequests and the charity welcomed us as new members of their legacy society. We will continue to make gifts during our lives, but it feels good to know that our support will help in the future.

Is a bequest right for you?


We have resources that will help you learn more about bequests. Click here to review sample bequest language. You will see how easy it is to include a bequest in your will or trust.

You might find it helpful to print this page and the bequest language. Please feel free to give this information to your attorney. If he or she has any questions, please contact us.

*Please note: The name and image above is representative and are not an actual donor to VCU. Since your benefits may be different, you may want to click here to view a color example of your benefits.


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