Bequest Gifts

You can provide now for a future gift to Safe Horizon by including a provision for a bequest in your will or revocable trust. 

In these economic times, not everyone has the ability to give the same levels of monetary donations that they wish.  Leaving a bequest lets you leave a significant gift to support the work of Safe Horizon to help victims of violence and abuse well into the future.

Why should I make a Bequest Gift?

  • There is no upper limit on the estate tax deductions that can be taken for charitable bequests;
  • You know that your gift will benefit Safe Horizon in the future just as you would like to give a gift today;
  • It is not payable until death, so it does not affect your assets or cash flow during your lifetime;
  • It is revocable in that you can change the provisions in your will or trust at any time; and
  • It brings you membership in our Legacy of Hope Society where your bequest will be recognized.

Bequest Gifts: Benefits to You

What is the difference between a will and a trust?

A will is your instructional guide to survivors about how you want your property distributed. It is a revocable, private document that only goes into effect after your death.

A revocable trust is an entity that holds assets during your lifetime, then transfers ownership of hem -- or benefits from them -- as specified, upon your death.

There is no difference between wills and trusts in how they make charitable transfers. In some states the probate and distribution process is simpler with a revocable trust. Your advisors can uide you in choosing which vehicle will work better for you.

What if I've already written my will or trust?

You can amend a will or trust to make a gift without rewriting the entire document. Your attorney can prepare a simple document, called a codicil, which adds a new bequest to Safe Horizon while reaffirming the other terms of your will. Similarly, an attorney can prepare an amendment to a
revocable trust to add Safe Horizon as a beneficiary.

Bequest Gifts: More Links

Legal Designation for Safe Horizon

Sample Bequest Language

Ask or tell Safe Horizon about your estate gift plans

Safe Horizon's mission is to provide support, prevent violence and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities.
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