Making a specific bequest or leaving a percentage of your estate to Boys and Girls Homes through your Last Will & Testament is likely the most common planned gift, and is the easiest to arrange.  Combining all your assets and property allows for more flexibility in leaving either a fixed dollar amount to your family, friends, or B&GH, or a specific percentage of your estate to be divided among a named list.  It is not uncommon to leave specific bequests to family members and the remainder of the estate divided equally among a variety of charitable organizations.

Some factors to consider when exploring a charitable bequest through your will are:

 

  • Assets you own
  • Family considerations
  • Number of charitable priorities

Here is sample language that can be used to leave a bequest or remainder gift in your will.

 

Fixed Amount:                    I give, devise and bequeath the sum of $               to Boys and
                                                       Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc., P.O. Box 127, Lake
                                                       Waccamaw, NC 28450 to be used for its general
                                                       charitable purpose.

 

Specific Property:             I give, devise and bequeath                                             to Boys
                                                        and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc., P.O. Box 127,
                                                        Lake Waccamaw, NC  28450 to be used for its general
                                                        charitable purpose.

 

Percentage of                      I give, devise and bequeath                           % of the
Remainder:                            remainder of my estate to Boys and Girls Homes of
                                                       North Carolina, Inc., P.O. Box 127, Lake Waccamaw,
                                                       NC  28450 to be used for its general charitable
                                                       purpose.

 

Contingency:                        In the event                                             does not survive me, I
                                                        give                                                        to Boys and Girls
                                                       Homes of North Carolina, Inc. P.O. Box 127, Lake
                                                       Waccamaw, NC  28450 to be used for its general
                                                       charitable purpose.