Is Messiah College included in your Estate Plans?

A significant source of support for Messiah is to document bequest intentions to the College. Knowing and documenting future bequests is important for a number of reasons:

  1. We want to be able to recognize and thank those who wish to Create a Legacy with the College.
  2. We want to be good stewards and utilize the bequest in the way it was desired.
  3. Knowing bequest intentions will enable the College to better plan for its financial future.
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Legacy gifts have been critical to Messiah College's mission. They make up 80% of our endowment, have helped us build numerous facilities, and provided much needed financial aid to students. If you included Messiah College in your estate plans, please print, complete and mail the Confidential Charitable Bequest Intent form to: Messiah College, One College Avenue Suite 3013, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.

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Messiah College's Bequest Language

One way for you to support Messiah College's mission is to leave us a bequest. A bequest is a gift made to charity in your will or trust. One significant benefit of making a gift by bequest is that it allows you to continue to use the property you will leave to charity during your life. Another benefit is that by making a bequest you are able to leave a lasting legacy.
 

Types of Bequests


There are a number of ways you can make a bequest to Messiah College. You can leave what is called a specific bequest. A specific bequest involves making a gift of a specific asset such as real estate, a car, other property or a gift for a specific dollar amount. For example, you may wish to leave your home or $10,000 to Messiah College. Another kind of specific bequest involves leaving a specific percentage of your overall estate to charity. For example, you may wish to leave 10% of your estate to Messiah College.

Another kind of bequest is called a residual bequest. A residual bequest is a bequest that is made from the balance of an estate after the will or trust has given away each of the specific bequests. A common residual bequest involves leaving of a percentage of the residue of the estate to charity. For example, you may wish to leave 30% of the residue of your estate to Messiah College.
 

Bequest Benefits


There are no limitations on bequest gifts. Bequests may be made for a general or specific purpose. All bequests are exempt from federal estate taxes. If you have a taxable estate, the estate tax charitable deduction may offset or eliminate estate taxes resulting in a larger inheritance for your heirs.
 

Bequest Language


The sample legal bequest language for Messiah College is:

"I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Messiah College, One College Avenue, Suite 3013, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, 17055 [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose/or for a specific purpose." Messiah College's Federal Tax I.D. #23-1352661.

In order to make a bequest, you should speak with your attorney. Your attorney can help you include a bequest to Messiah College in your estate plan. We have provided some basic bequest language to assist you and your attorney.

1. Outright Bequest

If you are considering making an outright bequest to Messiah College, we recommend the following language:
 

Bequest of a Specific Dollar Amount


I hereby, give, devise and bequeath $DOLLARS to Messiah College, One College Avenue, Suite 3013, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, 17055 [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose/or for a specific purpose. Messiah College's Federal Tax I.D. #23-1352661.
 

Bequest of Specific Personal Property


I hereby, give, devise and bequeath DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY to Messiah College, One College Avenue, Suite 3013, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, 17055 [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose/or for a specific purpose." Messiah College's Federal Tax I.D. #23-1352661.
 

Bequest of Specific Real Estate


I hereby give, devise and bequeath all of the right, title and interest in and to the real estate located at ADDRESS OR DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY to Messiah College, One College Avenue, Suite 3013, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, 17055 [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose/or for a specific purpose." Messiah College's Federal Tax I.D. #23-1352661.
 

Bequest of Percentage of an Estate


I hereby, give, devise and bequeath PERCENTAGE OF YOUR ESTATE to Messiah College, One College Avenue, Suite 3013, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, 17055 [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose/or for a specific purpose." Messiah College's Federal Tax I.D. #23-1352661.

2. Restricted Bequest

If you are considering a bequest but would like to ensure that your bequest will be used only for a specific purpose, please let us know. We would be happy to work with you and your attorney to help you identify ways to give that will ensure your charitable objectives can be met. We will also work with you and your attorney to craft language to accomplish your objectives.

If you are making a restricted bequest, we recommend that your attorney include the following provision to give Messiah College flexibility should it no longer be possible for our Messiah College to use your gift as you originally intended:

If, in the judgment of the Board of Directors of Messiah College, it shall become impossible for Messiah College to use this bequest to accomplish the specific purposes of this bequest, Messiah College may use the income and principal of this gift for such purpose or purposes as the Board determines is most closely related to the restricted purpose of my bequest.
 

Contact Us


Please contact us if you have any questions about how to make a bequest to Messiah College or to request any additional information that might be helpful to you and your attorney as you consider making a bequest to us. Confidential Charitable Bequest Intent form   Mail to: Messiah College, One College Avenue Suite 3013, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.
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