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Sample Gift Language for your Will or Trust

Note: this information applies to The ALS Association National Office only.

If you would like your gift to be directed to one of The ALS Associationís Chapters, please contact that Chapter directly to obtain the Chapterís legal name and federal ID number. For a list of our Chapters and sample bequest language, click here.

A gift to The ALS Association in your will or revocable trust proclaims your confidence that we will continue to serve our mission and make a difference in the lives of future generations. A bequest:

  • Is easy to arrange.
  • Will not alter your current lifestyle in any way.
  • Can be easily modified to address your changing needs.

Residual Gift Language

A residual bequest comes to us after your estate expenses and specific bequests are paid:

I give and devise to The ALS Association, located in Washington, DC, 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 Language

Naming The ALS Association as a beneficiary of a specific amount from your estate is easy:

I give and devise to The ALS Association, located in Washington, DC, the sum of $___________ to be used for its general support (or for the support of a specific fund or program).

Contingent Gift Language

The ALS Association 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 and devise to The ALS Association, located in Washington, DC, 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 Language

You may name The ALS Association as a beneficiary of your IRA or other qualified retirement benefits. Donors should consult with their tax advisor regarding the tax benefits of such gifts.

Naming The ALS Association 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 The ALS Association as a beneficiary of a retirement plan, the donor maintains complete control over the asset while living, but at the donor's death the plan passes to support The ALS Association free of both 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 of beneficiary form from your plan administrator. When you are done, please return the form to your plan administrator and notify The ALS Association. We can also assist you with the proper language for your beneficiary designation to The ALS Association.

Customized Language

If you or your attorney would like The ALS Association to provide you with customized beneficiary language that is specific to your goal and interest, please contact us.

Need a codicil? Please click here to download.

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Please contact us so that we can assist you through every step of the process.

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