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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.

Bequest provisions designated for a specific program or activity require additional language. Unless otherwise designated, all gifts given to the American National Red Cross will be placed in the Endowment Fund for permanent investment, with the income being used to finance Red Cross services. If you wish for your bequest to benefit your local chapter, please make certain this is clearly stated. It is best to contact the Red Cross in advance to ensure that your wishes are properly understood.

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