Help the healing with a bequest
A bequest can be made through your will or trust and is the easiest way to make a planned gift. It can be in the form of a specific amount, percentage, or residue and can be made in honor or memory of a loved one. Using this method, you keep control of the assets during your lifetime and make the gift upon death. These gifts will support the future mission of FSM.
To leave a charitable gift in your will or revocable living trust, you simply include a clause that directs a gift be made to Family Service Madison. You can leave a specific dollar amount, a set percentage of your estate, or the remainder of your estate.
If you already have a will, you can add a charitable bequest with a supplement, called a codicil. Or, if it’s time to update your will, you can include a gift to FSM in your updated will.
You can make a general bequest to help the most critical needs at the time the money is received, which is the most beneficial to FSM. Or you can make a bequest to provide a gift to a specific program. With an endowment fund, your gift is invested so you can provide a permanent annual source of income for FSM into the future.
Here are some examples of how you may create a charitable bequest:
I give $_____(or _____ % of my residuary estate) to Family Service Madison.
Gift to a specific program or area of interest:
I give $_____ (or _____ % of my residuary estate) to Family Service Madison to support _____________.
Designated bequest to establish a new endowment fund:
I give $___ (or __% of my residuary estate) to (name the foundation of your choice) to establish an endowment fund for Family Service Madison to support ___________.
How to name FSM in your will
It is important to schedule a meeting with your attorney and add the correct legal language to your document when updating your will. If you wish to name FSM in your will or estate plan, we should be named as:
Family Service Madison, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, organized and existing under the laws of Wisconsin, with principal business address of 128 E. Olin Ave., Madison, WI 53713.
Our tax identification number is: 39-0806186
For more information on giving to FSM, please email here.