Sample Bequest Language
Specific BequestA gift of a specific amount of money or property
You might use or modify the following:
I give and devise to Americans for Peace Now (Federal Tax ID# 13-3509867) located in Washington, DC the sum of $________ [or describe property] to be used for its general purposes.
Again, if you prefer, you can designated your gift to be used for a specific program or project, but please contact us in advance. You might modify the following:
I, [Name], of [City, State, Zip] give and bequeath to Americans for Peace Now (Tax ID# 13-3509867) located in Washington, DC, [amount or percentage of estate property description] for [description of the project or program].
Residual (or Remainder) Bequest
This kind of bequest ensures that your family members are taken care of first and that any debts or expenses are paid so your family won’t be burdened by them. After that, the remainder or a percentage of what’s left of your estate can be given to an organization such as Americans for Peace Now.
You might use or modify the following language:
I, [Name], of [City, State, Zip] give and bequeath to Americans for Peace Now (Federal Tax ID #13-3509867) located in Washington, DC, [all or ____ percent (____%)] of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, to be used for its general purposes.
If you would like to designate your gift for a particular program or project, please contact us prior to finalizing your plans. We would like the opportunity to discuss your intentions ahead of time to be sure your gift can be used in the way you intend.