A charitable bequest is one of the easiest ways you can leave a lasting impact on the mission of your local church or church-related charity.
A bequest may be made in your will or trust directing a gift through the United Methodist Foundation of Northern Illinois Conference, Inc. for benefit of your local church or church-related charity.
Benefits of Your Bequest
- Receive an estate tax charitable deduction.
- Lessen the burden of taxes on your family.
- Leave a lasting legacy.
How Do You 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 to be made to family, friends or to your local church or charity as part of your estate plan.Click Here to review sample bequest language.
Your Bequest Options
A bequest may be made in several ways:
- Gift of a percentage of your estate
- Gift of a specific dollar amount or asset
- Gift from the balance or residue of your estate
Making a Bequest of Your Retirement Assets
A retirement asset, such as an IRA account or United Methodist Personal Investment Plan (UMPIP), makes an excellent bequest. If these assets were given to your family, much of the value may be lost through estate and income taxes. By designating the Midwest Methodist Foundation or your local church as the beneficiary of all or part of your IRA or UMPIP (using a beneficiary designation form provided by your custodian), the full value of the gift is transferred tax-free at your death and your estate receives an estate tax charitable deduction.