Our Recommended Bequest Language
The following is intended to help you and your attorney in drafting a bequest that satisfies your individual interests. As you consult your attorney on the selection of appropriate wording to reflect your own goals and intentions regarding the EV, be sure the organization’s correct legal name appears in all final documents as: The Environmental Volunteers.
Unrestricted Gift: A gift that can be used where need is greatest
I give, devise, and bequeath to the Environmental Volunteers of Palo Alto California, 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 Environmental Volunteers of Palo Alto California, 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 Environmental Volunteers of Palo Alto California, 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 EV without restriction. This allows the EV to use these funds to help us fulfill our mission where the need is greatest. Bequest provisions designated for a specific program, activity or chapter require additional language. It is best to contact us in advance for assistance to ensure that your wishes are properly understood.