The charitable bequest is the most familiar and widely used way to benefit Scouting at some future time. It is how many donors choose to establish a legacy after their lifetime, but in a way that remains revocable at any time during their life.
Most who include Scouting in their wills often benefit their heirs at the same time. A charitable bequest is completely deductible from the estate. Depending on your needs, there are many forms a bequest to Scouting can take. These include: General, Specific, Percentage, Residuary, Contingent Bequests.
Many donors also establish testamentary charitable trusts in their will or living trust. These may be annuity trusts or unitrusts just like those created during life but are funded or created in a will.
For those already with wills, simple changes can easily be made with a codicil. A codicil is a simple addition or amendment to an existing will. As with all bequests, codicils remain revocable during your lifetime. Regardless of your charitable plans, it is important to regularly review your will and make sure it meets the changing needs of you and your family.
Recognition: Designated bequest gifts to the Orange County Council, BSA are recognized through the Second Century Society program.
“I give (describe dollar amount, percentage of estate, or property to be given) to the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America, a non-profit corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of California and having its principal place of business in the City of Orange, County of Orange, State of California, to support where the need is greatest, (or a specific purpose, ie. camp capital needs, programs, camperships, endowment).”
(Please consult your legal adviser to include in your will or trust).
If you want to speak to someone about leaving your legacy to Scouting, please contact Peter Nystrom at Peter.Nystrom@scouting.org or 714-546-8558 x 153
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