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Perhaps the simplest form of planned giving, the bequest is a provision in the Last Will and Testament that provides for a distribution from the estate of some property to an individual or organization. Bequests to a qualified charity are deductible for estate tax purposes. Bequests can include any type of property, including cash, real estate, stock or any tangible or intangible property. A bequest can also be included in a codicil to a Will that has already been executed.


Document that creates:  Will or codicil

Revocable?  Yes

Ultimate beneficiary?  To benefit charities of choice

Lifetime beneficiary?  Not applicable

Annual benefit:  Not applicable