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Bequest Language for Alliance Defending Freedom

An excellent way for you to support the future work of Alliance Defending Freedom is to leave us a gift in your Will, 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 Alliance Defending Freedom.

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 support the future work of Alliance Defending Freedom.

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 support the future work of Alliance Defending Freedom.

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 support the future work of Alliance Defending Freedom.

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 support the future work of Alliance Defending Freedom.

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 support the future work of Alliance Defending Freedom in your estate plan. We have provided some basic bequest language to assist you and your attorney.

1. Specific Bequest

If you are considering making an outright bequest to support the future work of Alliance Defending Freedom, we recommend the following language:

Bequest of a Specific Dollar Amount

I hereby give, devise, and bequeath _________ and No/100 dollars ($DOLLARS) to the ADF Foundation (tax identification number 86-1158500), a not-for-profit corporation incorporated in the State of Arizona, to be used for general purposes in furtherance of its mission.

Bequest of Specific Personal Property

I hereby give, devise, and bequeath DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY to the ADF Foundation (tax identification number 86-1158500), a not-for-profit corporation incorporated in the State of Arizona, to be used for general purposes in furtherance of its mission.

Bequest of Specific Real Estate

I hereby give, devise, and bequeath all of the right, title, and interest in and to the real estate located at ADDRESS OR DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY to the ADF Foundation (tax identification number 86-1158500), a not-for-profit corporation incorporated in the State of Arizona, to be used for general purposes in furtherance of its mission.

2. Percentage Bequest

If you are considering making a bequest of a percentage of your estate to support the future work of Alliance Defending Freedom, we recommend the following language:

I hereby give, devise, and bequeath ____ percent (___%) of my total estate, determined as of the date of my death, to the ADF Foundation (tax identification number 86-1158500), a not-for-profit corporation incorporated in the State of Arizona, to be used for general purposes in furtherance of its mission.

3. Residual Bequest

I hereby give, devise, and bequeath to the ADF Foundation (tax identification number 86-1158500), a not-for-profit corporation incorporated in the State of Arizona, ALL OR A PERCENTAGE of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate to be used for general purposes in furtherance of its mission.

4. Contingent Bequest

If (primary beneficiary) does not survive me, then I hereby give, devise, and bequeath to ADF Foundation (tax identification number 86-1158500), a not-for-profit corporation incorporated in the State of Arizona, DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY to be used for general purposes in furtherance of its mission.

Restricted Bequests


If you are considering a bequest but would like to ensure that your bequest will be used for a specific purpose, please let us know. We would be happy to work with you and your attorney to help you identify ways to give and meet your charitable objectives. We will also work with you and your attorney to craft language to accomplish your intentions.

If you are making a restricted bequest, we recommend that your attorney include the following provision to give Alliance Defending Freedom flexibility should it no longer be possible for Alliance Defending Freedom to use your gift as you originally intended:

If, in the judgment of the Board of Directors of Alliance Defending Freedom and the ADF Foundation, it shall become impossible for Alliance Defending Freedom to use this bequest to accomplish the specific purposes of this bequest, Alliance Defending Freedom and/or the ADF Foundation may use the income and principal of this gift for such purpose or purposes as the Board members determine 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 support the future work of Alliance Defending Freedom or to request any additional information that might be helpful to you and your attorney as you consider making a bequest.

If you have included a bequest to support the future work of Alliance Defending Freedom in your estate plan, please contact us to let us know. We would like to personally thank you, recognize you for your gift, and welcome you to the Pillars of Freedom.

Please note that Alliance Defending Freedom works with thousands of Allied Attorneys nationwide, who are happy to assist you with drafting your Will or Trust. If you need a referral, please let us know.

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