Gifts from Your Will or Trust

The bequest is a revocable gift from a will or personal trust of cash, securities, real estate or other assets. A common form of a bequest is a percentage of one’s assets or the residual value of the estate given in your memory or in that of a loved one. Your existing will can be easily amended through a codicil.

How It Works

  • Include a gift to your favorite Valley charity(ies) in your will or trust. (Here is sample language for your will.)
  • Make your bequest unrestricted or direct it to a specific purpose.
  • Indicate a specific amount or a percentage of the balance remaining in your estate or trust.

Important Related Topics


  • Your assets remain in your control during your lifetime.
  • You can modify your gift to address changing circumstances.
  • You can direct your gift to a particular purpose (be sure to check with the charity(ies) to make sure your gift can be used as intended).
  • Under current tax law, there is no upper limit on the estate tax deduction for your charitable bequests.

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