A charitable gift from your estate is a favored method of giving that enables you to achieve your financial goals and benefit Amherst. No other planned gift is as simple to implement or as easy to change should you ever need the assets during your lifetime.
A bequest may be right for you if:
Remembering Amherst College in your will is a wonderful way for you to make a lasting gift. Large or small, your bequest will make an important contribution to our long term strength. The quality of an Amherst education and the College’s commitment to educational opportunity depend on gifts from alumni like you.
But what if you don't have a will? Don't worry, you are not alone. Most Americans don't have a will.
If you die without a will, the laws of your state will decide how your estate is divided. Typically, this means your estate will be divided among your closest surviving family members according to a formula, and none of your estate will go to Amherst or any other charity. If you wish to have a say in how your estate is distributed, you must have a will. We encourage you to work with an experienced attorney to create a will that accomplishes your goals for your estate.
Ways you can define a charitable gift in your estate plan
There are several ways that you can define the amount of your charitable gift to Amherst. They are:
Ways to specify how we may use your bequest
You have several options for telling Amherst how we may use your bequest, once we receive it. They are:
Make sure we can carry out your wishes
It is very important that your bequest be accurately and clearly described in your estate plan so that we can carry out your wishes as you intended. We are pleased to consult with you regarding the terms of your bequest to make sure that we will be able to carry out your intentions. In order to avoid any possible question that your bequest is to our organization, be sure to include our full legal name and our federal tax identification number in your bequest.
Legal name: Trustees of Amherst College
Current Address: Amherst College PO Box 5000, Amherst, MA 01002-5000
Tax identification number: 04-2103542
We are happy to provide you with sample bequest language to assist you and your attorney.
You have complete flexibility to change your bequest at any time. If circumstances change in a way that makes you want to revise your gift to us, you can.
Because your bequest is revocable, you do not receive an income tax charitable deduction when you create it. Rather, your estate will receive an estate tax deduction for the full value of your bequest in the year it is made. Depending on a variety of factors, including the size of your estate and estate tax law at the time your estate is settled, this deduction may or may not save estate taxes.
In addition to adding bequest language to your will, here are a few other simple ways for you to make a bequest to us:
Please let us know if you have included Amherst in your estate plans. We would welcome the opportunity to thank you for your thoughtful gift.
Barbara Nieves, a widow, has been a supporter of Amherst for many years. Barbara is in good health now, but does not want to be a financial burden to her children should she require expensive health care in the future.
Amherst is one of two charities to which she has been most dedicated. She would like to make a lasting gift to each of them in memory of her husband. After discussing her options with her estate planning advisor, she decides to create a residuary bequest in her will for each of her two favorite charities. Each charity will receive 50% of the remainder of her estate after all other obligations, such as bequests to her children and grandchildren and taxes, have been taken care of.