A bequest is the simplest and most common way to establish a planned gift with the Carnegie Institution.  This type of gift can be tailored to meet your individual needs.  We offer samples of language to be included in your will or living trust for you and your advisor to consider for a number of bequest options:

Specific amount or asset  I hereby give, devise, and bequeath to the Carnegie Institution of Washington, a non-profit organization located in Washington DC, the sum of $________, (or property described herein)  

Specific percentage  I give, devise, and bequeath to the Carnegie Institution of Washington, a non-profit organization in Washington DC, _______% of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate

Contingent bequest
You may choose to name the Carnegie Institution as a contingent beneficiary in your will. In this case, your gift will be contingent on a certain event taking place – such as a beneficiary predeceasing you. This type of bequest will ensure that your property will not pass to unintended beneficiaries. Following is sample language for such a bequest:

Should (name of individual) predecease me, then I give, devise, and bequeath to the Carnegie Institution of Washington, a non-profit organization in Washington DC, all (or devise a percentage) of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate

If you have an existing will, you may add a codicil to the document to make a gift to the Carnegie Institution.