Learn About Wills and Bequests

Welcome!

Thank you for your interest in changing lives through our Youth For Christ Foundation. We are honored to have the chance to offer you opportunities to increase the value of your estate for yourself, your family, and your community.

Planned giving can be a wonderful way to achieve both your financial and charitable life goals. Many planned gifts are designed to help you and your family first and then help Youth For Christ. If you have any questions about the best way for you to benefit through a planned gift, please email me a short note at bmilton@yfc.net or better yet, call me at 205-914-4812 , I will be happy to help you.

Bob Milton
National Planned Giving Director
Youth For Christ Foundation


What are the benefits of making a bequest?

  1. You leave a lasting legacy to be remembered
  2. You lessen the burden of taxes on your family
  3. You may receive estate tax savings

How can I learn more?


How do I make a bequest?

A bequest is one of the easiest gifts to make. With the help of an advisor, you can include language in your will or trust specifying a gift be made to family, friends or Youth for Christ as part of your estate plan.

What are my options?

A bequest can be made in several ways:
  1. You can gift a specific dollar amount or asset
  2. You can gift a percentage of your estate
  3. You can gift from the balance or residue of your estate
  4. You can make a beneficiary designation of certain assets

How do I get started?


An excellent way for you to support Youth for Christ's mission is to leave us a bequest in your will, living trust or with a codicil. One significant benefit of making a gift by bequest is that it allows you to continue to use the property you will leave to charity during your life. Another benefit is that you are able to leave a lasting legacy.

Types of Bequests


There are a number of ways you can make a bequest to Youth for Christ.

Specific Bequest. A specific bequest involves making a gift of a specific asset such as real estate, a car, other property or a gift for a specific dollar amount. For example, you may wish to leave your home or $10,000 to Youth for Christ.

Percentage Bequest. Another kind of specific bequest involves leaving a specific percentage of your overall estate to charity. For example, you may wish to leave 10% of your estate to Youth for Christ.

Residual Bequest. A residual bequest is made from the balance of an estate after the will or trust has given away each of the specific bequests. A common residual bequest involves leaving a percentage of the residue of the estate to charity. For example, you may wish to leave 30% of the residue of your estate to Youth for Christ.

Contingent Bequest. A contingent bequest is made to charity only if the purpose of the primary bequest cannot be met. For example, you could leave specific property, such as a vacation home, to a relative, but the bequest language could provide that if the relative is not alive at the time of your death, the vacation home will go to Youth for Christ.

Bequest Benefits


A bequest is generally a revocable gift, which means it can be changed or modified at any time. You can choose to designate that a bequest be used for a general or specific purpose so you have the peace of mind knowing that your gift will be used as intended. Bequests are exempt from federal estate taxes. If you have a taxable estate, the estate tax charitable deduction may offset or eliminate estate taxes, resulting in a larger inheritance for your heirs.

Bequest Language


In order to make a bequest, you should speak with your attorney. Your attorney can help you include a bequest to Youth for Christ in your estate plan. We have provided some basic bequest language to assist you and your attorney.

If, in the judgment of the Board of Directors of Youth for Christ, it shall become impossible for Youth for Christ to use this bequest to accomplish the specific purposes of this bequest, Youth for Christ may use the income and principal of this gift for such purpose or purposes as the Board determines is most closely related to the restricted purpose of my bequest.

Contact Us


Please contact us if you have any questions about how to make a bequest to Youth for Christ or to request any additional information that might be helpful to you and your attorney as you consider making a bequest to us.

If you have included a bequest for Youth for Christ in your estate plan, please contact us to let us know. We would like to thank you and recognize you for your gift.

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