Sample Bequest Language

Please note that gifts of this nature should be carefully considered in relation to your comprehensive financial and estate plans. We strongly recommend that you consult an attorney in the preparation of your will and to supervise its execution so as to comply with your state requirements. The following are examples for illustration only.

  • When including a bequest provision in your will, always use the full legal name and provide the federal taxpayer identification number.

  • Our full, legal name is: "CHRISTUS Spohn Health System Development Foundation."
    Our federal taxpayer identification number is: 74-1906005.

Bequests for Unrestricted Purposes
Unrestricted gifts are to be used for the greatest need at the time to be determined by the Board. A general unrestricted bequest is especially valued by us.

- For a bequest of securities, the possible language is: "I give CHRISTUS Spohn Health System Development Foundation all of my shares of XYZ stock or mutual fund to be used for the benefit of CHRISTUS Spohn."

- For a bequest of cash, the possible language is: "I give to CHRISTUS Spohn Health System Development Foundation the sum of (Amount) to be used for the benefit of CHRISTUS Spohn."

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If you do not want to specify the exact amount or nature of the intended gift, perhaps because the size of the future estate is difficult to estimate, a proportional bequest is often the best way to accomplish your goals. We would receive a percentage of the estate or the residue of the estate, after all other provisions have been met.

- Possible language is: "I give to CHRISTUS Spohn Health System Development Foundation (percent) of my estate, or (percent of the rest, residue and remainder) of my estate to be used for the benefit of CHRISTUS Spohn."

Contingent Bequest
A contingent bequest takes effect only if the primary intention cannot be met (e.g. if the primary beneficiary does not survive the donor). This ensures that property will not be distributed to unintended beneficiaries.

- Possible language is: "If (name of primary beneficiary) does not survive me, or shall die during the administration of my estate, or as a result of a common disaster, then I give to CHRISTUS Spohn Health System Development Foundation all of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, to be used for the benefit of CHRISTUS Spohn."

Bequests for Restricted Purposes
If you would like to honor a family member, a special person or provide support for a specific program or department that was meaningful to you, then you can designate your bequest specifically for that purpose. You simply use any form of the possible language included above, and replace "to be used for the benefit of [ insert purpose or intent ]" with the specific designation. Often specific guidelines govern the use of these types of funds. Therefore, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your restricted gift. We are here to help you as you plan.

If you already have a will
A codicil is a written change or amendment to a will. Click here for a copy of what a codicil would look like. Please remember to consult your attorney to make sure you are properly advised.

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The Foundation is devoted to helping you decide how to best leave a lasting legacy of support and can provide the proper documentation and language for your estate plans. Click here for more information or contact Linda Arnold, Director of Development, by phone at 361-881-3940 or by email at

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