Bequests

You can make a real and lasting difference to the lives of refugees by remembering HIAS in your will. With a gift by will you won’t have to give up your assets or diminish your current cash flow.

A bequest may be designated for a particular purpose or program or may be left without restriction for HIAS to use in its discretion for needs that must be met at the time we receive the payment from your estate.

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A bequest may take several forms. Among these are:

- A specific amount expressed in dollars or in specified items of property.
- A percentage of the residuary of the estate (the amount available for distribution after specific bequests are paid).

For some of our donors, HIAS became magical in their family after making it possible for a member of their family to find freedom and safety in a new country. If you have the desire to honor a loved one rescued by HIAS, making a memorial gift would be a lasting tribute.

When bequests are made to establish designated, unrestricted or endowed funds, they may provide that the funds be named in honor or in memory of particular individuals, foundations or families.

Here is some sample bequest language:

For a specific bequestI hereby give, devise and bequeath unto HIAS, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, Tax I.D. No. 13-5633307, having its principal offices at 1300 Spring Street, Suite 500, Silver Spring, MD 20910, the sum of $____ to be used for [its general charitable purposes] [for STATE PURPOSE OR PROGRAM].

For a residuary bequestI hereby give, devise and bequeath ____% of my residuary estate to HIAS, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, Tax I.D. No. 13-5633307, having its principal offices at 1300 Spring Street, Suite 500, Silver Spring, MD 20910, to be used for [its general charitable purposes [for STATE PURPOSE OR PROGRAM].

If you would like to include HIAS as a beneficiary of a bequest and/or need additional guidance, please contact Sabine McMullen, at 212 613-1366 or plannedgiving@hias.org. Where appropriate, please consult a tax or legal professional.Have you already prepared a bequest naming HIAS as a beneficiary? Let us know by completing our Declaration of Intent.