What Defines a Charitable Bequest?

A charitable bequest is a donation made as part of an individual's will or trust. It involves leaving a specific asset, a fixed amount of money, or a percentage of the estate to a charitable organization. This form of philanthropy is a popular way for individuals to support causes or organizations they care about even after death.

Key features of a charitable bequest include:

  1. Flexibility: The donor can specify exactly how much and what type of assets (such as cash, stocks, real estate) they want to leave to the charity.

  2. Revocable: A charitable bequest can be altered or revoked during the donor's lifetime. It only becomes irrevocable upon the donor's death.

  3. Tax Benefits: Estate taxes can be reduced through charitable bequests. Since the donation is not made until after the donor's death, it can lower the estate's taxable value.

  4. Versatility: Donors can leave bequests to multiple charities and stipulate how the charities may use the funds or assets.

  5. Simplicity: Incorporating a charitable bequest into an estate plan or will is relatively straightforward and can often be done with a simple amendment.

  6. Legacy: Charitable bequests enable individuals to leave a lasting legacy reflecting their values and support for important causes.

People choose to leave charitable bequests for many personal reasons. Some may have a deep, lifelong commitment to a cause, while others want to give back and positively impact society. Many also see it as a way to leave a meaningful legacy that reflects their values. When planning a charitable bequest, seeking advice from legal and financial experts is wise. This ensures that the bequest fits well with your overall estate plan and takes into account any tax implications.

  • Published: Dec 21, 2023
  • Updated: Dec 26, 2023

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