Bequest
(Sample language)

  • Unrestricted Gift: A gift that can be used where need is greatest
    I give, devise, and bequeath to the American National Red Cross, Washington, D.C., (insert dollar amount) Dollars* to be used for its general purposes.
    OR
    I give, devise, and bequeath to the American Red Cross (insert specific chapter name), (insert city and state of chapter), or its successor, (insert dollar amount) Dollars* to be used for its general purposes.
  • Residuary Bequest: Leaves any remainder after all other bequests have been paid
    I give, devise, and bequeath to the American National Red Cross, Washington, D.C., (insert percentage amount) percent of the residue of my estate to be used for its general purposes.
    OR
    I give, devise, and bequeath to the American Red Cross (insert specific chapter name), (insert city and state of chapter), or its successor, (insert percentage amount) percent of the residue of my estate to be used for its general purposes.
  • Contingency Gift: Takes effect only if a primary intention can't be met.
    In the event that (insert name) predeceases me, I give, devise, and bequeath his/her bequest or share to the American National Red Cross, Washington, D.C., to be used for its general purposes.
    OR
    In the event that (insert name) predeceases me, I give, devise, and bequeath his/her bequest or share to the American Red Cross (insert specific chapter name), (insert city and state of chapter), or its successor, to be used for its general purposes.

* Rather than leaving a certain sum, you can include language that refers to a percentage of your estate or a description of the property you wish to give.

Most donors leave their gifts to the Red Cross without restriction. This allows the Red Cross to use these funds to help us fulfill our mission – locally, nationally and around the world. The Red Cross honors a donor's stated intent for the use of a gift. Donors who wish to designate the use of any gift, whether made during their life or through their estate, will have that wish honored. Bequest provisions designated for a specific program, activity or chapter require additional language. It is best to contact the Red Cross in advance for assistance to ensure that your wishes are properly understood.

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