Sample Gift Language

Share the following language that matches your goals with your estate planning attorney to easily complete a gift in your will or trust.

Unrestricted Gift

An unrestricted bequest is for our general purposes, to be used at the discretion of our governing board: [Girl Scouts of the USA* and/or the council(s) of your choice is/are] to receive [the sum of __specific amount__ or ___percentage___ percent of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate]. This bequest is unrestricted, and the board or other governing body may use and expend the bequest in any manner it deems appropriate.

Residual Gift

A residual bequest comes to us after your estate expenses and specific bequests are paid: I give to Girl Scouts of the USA, located in New York, NY, all (or state a percentage) of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, to be used for its general support (or for the support of a specific fund or program).

Specific Gift

Naming Girl Scouts of the USA and/or Girl Scout council of your choice as a beneficiary of a specific amount from your estate is easy: I give to Girl Scouts of the USA, located in New York, NY, the sum of $___________ to be used for its general support (or for the support of a specific fund or program).

Contingent Gift

Girl Scouts of the USA and/or Girl Scout council of your choice or its affiliates can be named as a contingent beneficiary in your will or personal trust if one or more of your specific bequests cannot be fulfilled: If (insert name) is not living at the time of my demise, I give to Girl Scouts of the USA, located in New York, NY, the sum of $___________ (or all or a percentage of the residue of my estate) to be used for its general support (or for the support of a specific fund or program).

Retirement Plan Beneficiary

You may name Girl Scouts of the USA and/or the Girl Scout council of your choice as a beneficiary of your IRA or other qualified retirement benefits. You should consult with your tax advisor regarding the tax benefits of such gifts.

Naming GSUSA and/or the Girl Scout council of your choice as the beneficiary of a qualified retirement plan asset such as a 401(k), 403(b), IRA, Keogh or profit sharing pension plan will accomplish a charitable goal while realizing significant tax savings. It can be costly to pass such assets on to heirs because of heavy tax consequences. By naming GSUSA and/or a Girl Scout council of your choice as a beneficiary of a retirement plan, you maintain complete control over the asset while living, but at the your death the plan passes to support GSUSA and/or the Girl Scout council of your choice free of estate and income taxes.

Making a charitable gift from your retirement plan is easy and should not cost you any attorney fees. Simply request a change-of0beneficiary form from your plan administrator. When you are done, please return the form to your plan administrator and notify Girl Scouts of the USA and/or the Girl Scout council of your choice. We can also assist you with the proper language for your beneficiary designation to GSUSA and/or the Girl Scout council of your choice.

*Please note, for Girl Scout council legal names, contact the council in your geographic area or contact Girl Scouts of the USA for further assistance.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Girl Scouts of the United States of America a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to Girl Scouts of the United States of America, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 420 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018-2798, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Girl Scouts or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the gift tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Girl Scouts as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Girl Scouts as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Girl Scouts where you agree to make a gift to Girl Scouts and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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