Sample Bequest Language

The following is intended to help you and your attorney in drafting a bequest that satisfies your interests. As you consult your attorney on the selection of appropriate wording to reflect your own goals and intentions regarding Bucknell University, be sure our organization’s correct legal name appears in all final documents as:

“I give and devise to Bucknell University, a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation, or its successor, Federal Tax Identification Number: 24-0772407.”

General Bequest of a stated sum of money may be worded:

“I give and devise to Bucknell University, a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation, or its successor, Federal Tax Identification Number 24-0772407 [insert here the exact dollar amount] to be used for its general support (or for the support of a specific fund or program).”

Specific Bequest of a certain asset from your estate may be worded:

“I give and devise to Bucknell University, a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation, or its successor, Federal Tax Identification Number 24-0772407, [insert here a description of the particular property] to be used for its general support (or for the support of a specific fund or program).”

A Residuary Bequest, after other bequests and expenses have been paid, may be worded:

“I give to Bucknell University, a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation, or its successor, Federal Tax Identification Number 24-0772407, all [or a percentage] of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate to be used for its general support (or for the support of a specific fund or program).”

Contingent Bequest if the person making the will is not survived by certain individuals:

“If [name/s of primary beneficiary/ies] do/es not survive me, or shall die within ninety (90) days from the date of my death, or as a result of a common disaster, then I give to Bucknell University, a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation, or its successor, Federal Tax Identification Number 24-0772407, [insert here the exact dollar amount, description of property, or percentage of residual estate] to be used for its general support (or for the support of a specific fund or program).”