Planned Giving through bequests (will)
A charitable bequest to the National MS Society can be a flexible and easy way to participate in supporting the MS movement. Bequests come in all sizes. For example, you may prefer that a bequest be for a specific amount or represent a percentage of your estate. Or, you could create a bequest that helps the MS Society after you have provided for your family and friends, called a residual bequest. All bequests are important to us regardless of size, and are gratefully received. To make a bequest commitment, simply ask your attorney to revise your current will to include one of the following:
A bequest of a specific amount
I hereby give and bequeath to the Greater Northwest Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society the amount of $______ to be used for its general purposes.
A bequest of a percentage of your estate
I hereby give, devise, and bequeath to the Greater Northwest Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society ______% of my estate to be used for its general purposes.
A bequest of whatever remains after all other bequests have been made
I hereby give, devise and bequeath to the Greater Northwest Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society my residuary estate (or ______% of my residuary estate) to be used for its general purposes.
In addition to bequests, there are a variety of other opportunities that can help you make a bigger contribution than you may have thought possible, receive some favorable tax benefits now, and possibly even provide a lifetime income for you or your family. Some favorite options include:
Charitable Gift Annuity
With a gift today to the National MS Society, you can receive a tax deduction now, and also regular income payments for the rest of your life.
Retirement Plan Gifts
Naming the National MS Society as a beneficiary, give a gift of an existing policy, or purchase a new policy and the annual premium payments can be deductible.
There are a wide variety of tax-wise trust arrangements that can incorporate generous gifts to charity and offer tax savings.