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Bequest
(Sample language)

  • Unrestricted Gift: A gift that can be used where need is greatest
    I give to Rochester Institute of Technology, a non-profit 501(c)(3) Organization, headquartered in Rochester, NY the sum of $_______* for its general purposes.
  • Gift for a Specific Purpose: A gift that is to be used for a specific purpose
    I give to Rochester Institute of Technology, a non-profit 501(c)(3) Organization, headquartered in Rochester, NY the sum of $_______* to be used for [state purpose].
  • Perpetual Endowment Fund: A gift that lasts in perpetuity
    I give to Rochester Institute of Technology, a non-profit 501(c)(3) Organization, headquartered in Rochester, NY the sum of $_______*, to be used as a permanent endowment, the income only from which shall be used for its general purposes (or describe the specific purpose, if desired).
  • Residuary Bequest: Leaves any remainder after all other bequests have been paid
    All the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, I give to Rochester Institute of Technology, a non-profit 501(c)(3) Organization, headquartered in Rochester, NY for its general purposes.
  • Contingency Gift: Takes effect only if a primary intention can’t be met.
    If (name of beneficiary) does not survive me, or shall die during the administration of my estate, or as a result of a common disaster, then I give to Rochester Institute of Technology, a non-profit 501(c)(3) Organization, headquartered in Rochester, NY all of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, to be used for its benefit.
  • Safety Language: Language added whenever a gift is restricted
    In the event that the purposes of this restriction can not be met, the gift shall be used to support the most closely related program / fund as determined by RIT's Board of Trustees.


* Rather than leaving a sum certain, you can include language that refers to a percentage of your estate or a description of the property you wish to give.

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