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Sample Charitable Bequests for Endowment

General Purpose Endowment Bequests

General Purpose Endowment Bequests are endowed bequests, the annual distributions from which Futures Without Violence may use for its general operating purposes.

General purpose endowment bequest language:

“I give and bequeath to Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund,  a California nonprofit corporation, [the sum of $________ / description of the specific asset / ___% of the residue of my estate]. This bequest shall be added to and held as part of the Futures Without Violence Endowment Fund, and administered pursuant to Futures Without Violence's endowment policy as it exists from time to time. The annual endowment distributions from this gift shall be used for the general support of Futures Without Violence.

Specific Purpose Endowment Bequests

Specific Purpose Endowment Bequests are endowed bequests, the annual distributions from which are designated for a specific purpose or project of Futures Without Violence. Because the particular programs and needs of Futures Without Violence may change over time, Futures Without Violence must have the power to re-direct the use of your bequest if the stated purpose ceases to be appropriate. To help ensure that your gift can be used as you wish, please call our staff to discuss your intentions.

Specific purpose endowment bequest language:

“I give and bequeath to Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, a California nonprofit corporation, [the sum of $________ / description of the specific asset / ___% of the residue of my estate]. This bequest shall be added to and held as part of the Futures Without Violence Endowment Fund, and administered pursuant to Futures Without Violence’s endowment policy as it exists from time to time. The annual endowment distributions from this gift shall be used for the following purpose: [state specific purpose]. If at any time in the judgment of the Board of Directors of Futures Without Violence it is impossible or impracticable to carry out exactly the above designated purpose, it shall use the annual endowment distributions from this gift for a purpose as near as practical to the above purpose.

Contingent Endowment Bequests

Contingent Endowment Bequests allow you to leave a bequest to Futures Without Violence Endowment Fund if a specific beneficiary does not survive you.

Contingent endowment bequest language:

“I give and bequeath [the sum of $________ / description of the specific asset / ___% of the residue of my estate] to [name of primary beneficiary], if [he/she] survives me, and if [he/she] does not, to Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, a California nonprofit corporation. The bequest to Futures Without Violence shall be added to and held as part of the Futures Without Violence Endowment Fund, and administered pursuant to Futures Without Violence’s endowment policy as it exists from time to time. The annual endowment distributions from this gift shall be used for the general support of Futures Without Violence.

Recommended Steps

To ensure that your testamentary goals are achieved, we recommend that you:

  • Make a list of the individuals and organizations that you would like to support.
  • Make a detailed list of your assets (financial, real estate, vehicles, jewelry, collectibles, etc.)
  • Make an appointment with your attorney to prepare or update your estate planning documents.
  • Notify our staff and discuss your intentions with them.

    Futures Without Violence is not engaged in rendering legal or tax advice. This document is designed to provide information about charitable bequests. Donors are urged to seek the advice of their estate planning counsel.