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Make a Difference for Generations to Come

Make a Difference for Generations to Come

Ways You Can Give to Make a Difference

Planned Giving

About Bequests

You may be looking for a way to make a significant gift to help further our mission. A bequest is a gift made through your will or trust. It is one of the most popular and flexible ways that you can support our cause.

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IRA Charitable Rollover

An IRA rollover allows people age 70 1/2 and older to reduce their taxable income by making a gift directly from their IRA.

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Beneficiary Designations

A beneficiary designation gift is a simple and affordable way to make a gift to support our cause. You can designate our organization as a beneficiary of a retirement, investment or bank account or your life insurance policy.

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Charitable Gift Annuities

A charitable gift annuity is a great way you can make a gift to our organization and benefit. You transfer your cash or property to our organization and we promise to make fixed payments to you for life at a rate based on your age.

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Donor Stories

Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving to our organization and others. Explore the many benefits of charitable gift planning.

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Gift Options

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Find out What to Give and learn about the best assets to make a planned gift. Learn about gifts of cash, securities and property. Learn How to Give and discover gift options that provide tax and income benefits. Discover the best planned gift to meet your goals.

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SeniorServ's Bequest Language

An excellent way for you to support SeniorServ'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 SeniorServ.

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 SeniorServ.

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 SeniorServ.

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 SeniorServ.

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 SeniorServ.

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 SeniorServ 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 SeniorServ, we recommend the following language:

Bequest of a Specific Dollar Amount

I hereby give, devise and bequeath _________ and No/100 dollars ($DOLLARS) to SeniorServ, a nonprofit organization located at 1200 N. Knollwood Circle, Anaheim, CA, 92801, Federal Tax ID #95-2771715, for SeniorServ's general use and purpose.

Bequest of Specific Personal Property

I hereby give, devise and bequeath DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY to SeniorServ, a nonprofit organization located at 1200 N. Knollwood Circle, Anaheim, CA, 92801, Federal Tax ID #95-2771715, for SeniorServ's general use and purpose.

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 SeniorServ, a nonprofit organization located at 1200 N. Knollwood Circle, Anaheim, CA, 92801, Federal Tax ID #95-2771715, for SeniorServ's general use and purpose.

2. Percentage Bequest

If you are considering making a bequest of a percentage of your estate to SeniorServ, 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 SeniorServ, a nonprofit organization located at 1200 N. Knollwood Circle, Anaheim, CA, 92801, Federal Tax ID #95-2771715, for SeniorServ's general use and purpose.

3. Residual Bequest

I hereby give, devise and bequeath to SeniorServ, a nonprofit organization located at 1200 N. Knollwood Circle, Anaheim, CA, 92801, Federal Tax ID #95-2771715, ALL OR A PERCENTAGE of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate to be used for SeniorServ's general use and purpose.

4. Contingent Bequest

If (primary beneficiary) does not survive me, then I hereby give, devise and bequeath to SeniorServ, a nonprofit organization located at 1200 N. Knollwood Circle, Anaheim, CA, 92801, Federal Tax ID #95-2771715, DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY to be used for SeniorServ's general use and purpose.

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 goals.

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

If, in the judgment of the Board of Directors of SeniorServ, it shall become impossible for SeniorServ to use this bequest to accomplish the specific purposes of this bequest, SeniorServ 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 SeniorServ 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 SeniorServ 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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