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Charitable Bequest

A charitable bequest gift to Moody through your Last Will and Testament or Trust is one of the easiest and most flexible ways you can leave a lasting legacy. It can be your final act of biblical stewardship and the means by which you purposefully allocate the resources you've been entrusted to manage during life to support the people and causes you hold dear.

The method used to make a bequest will depend on the kind of gift you choose to leave to Moody Bible Institute.

Bequests of real estate, personal property, business interests and cash are typically made by way of a will, revocable trust or even a simple codicil to your current estate plan. Your estate-planning attorney can assist you in preparing the necessary papers for you to complete the bequest.

Other bequests, such as those involving retirement assets, insurance policies, bank accounts and stocks and bonds, are typically made by completing the appropriate beneficiary designation form. Simply contact your retirement plan administrator, life insurance company, bank or investment broker and ask them to send you the appropriate "beneficiary designation" or "payable on death" form. To complete your bequest, you will need to complete and sign the form and then send it back to the person or organization who originally sent the form to you.

The last step in leaving any bequest involves the transfer to charity. When you pass on to Glory, the bequest property will be transferred to Moody Bible Institute. The full value of this gift will be transferred tax-free and your estate will receive an estate tax charitable deduction.

Flowchart: Donor leaves property through will or trust to family and Moody.

Benefits of a Charitable Bequest may include:

  • Receive an estate tax charitable deduction
  • Reduce the burden of taxes on your family
  • Leave a lasting legacy to charity

How to make a Charitable Bequest

With the help of an attorney licensed in your state, you can include language in your will or trust specifying a gift to be made to family, friends, or Moody. That language can remember beneficiaries of your Will or Trust in any number of ways, including….

  • Percentage bequest – a gift of a percentage of your estate
  • Specific bequest – a gift of a specific dollar amount or a specific asset
  • Residual bequest – a gift from the balance or residue of your estate

Some charitably-minded individuals have also found other fun and creative ways to partner with Moody Bible Institute…

Child Named Charity

Some have remembered Moody Bible Institute through the addition of a "child named Charity" to their will or trust. By this method, for example, if a couple had four children, each of the four children would receive one fifth of their estate, and the remaining one fifth would go toward the couple's favorite Christian charities, which could include Moody.

Percentage or Tithe

Many individuals choose to allocate a certain percentage of their estate toward charity. Some specifically designate 10 percent of their estate toward Kingdom causes, wishing to reinforce to their families the biblical concept of tithing.

Gifts of assets

Perhaps you have a specific non-cash asset you'd like to give to Moody Bible Institute, such as a gift of real estate, business interests, life insurance, retirement assets, machinery or even a collection. People often designate assets as gifts for a number of reasons, whether it's because the property has special meaning, their children have no further use for it or because they wish to protect their families from unnecessary taxes.

Helpful resources

To help you in planning your estate plan, Moody has made available to you the following helpful free resources:

  • Charitable Bequests Language provides helpful language for your attorney to reference for inclusion of Moody Bible Institute in your estate plan.
  • Estate Planning Kit offers helpful inclusion language as well as an in-depth worksheet to assist you in preparing to meet with an estate planning professional to create or update your estate plan.

Contact us

To learn more or to view other helpful free resources, please complete this form to access our online library or contact us. We would be happy to assist you and answer your questions.