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No matter what your age or wealth, deciding how to bequeath your assets is one of the most important decisions you will make in your lifetime. Your will, the document that specifies your wishes, allows you to make gifts to your family and friends as well as to the charitable organizations you wish to support. Including The Kennedy Center in your will may allow you to make a more significant contribution than is possible during your lifetime — with the added peace of mind that comes from knowing your estate dollars will have maximum impact in helping people with disabilities.

Through a bequest, you may leave a specific dollar amount, all or a percentage of your residuary estate, or specific assets such as marketable securities. You may also create a testamentary charitable remainder trust in your will, which provides life income to a loved one before the principal reverts to The Kennedy Center. A bequest to a charitable organization can significantly save on estate taxes. An outright bequest to The Kennedy Center will pass free of estate taxes and will count as a deduction when calculating your taxable estate.

Any bequest to The Kennedy Center is deeply appreciated. An unrestricted bequest permits The Kennedy Center to strategically direct your gift where it's most needed. While needs change, The Kennedy Center's commitment to provide the best programs and services for the individuals we serve is constant and secure. You can rely on that.

Suggested language for use in making an unrestricted gift through a bequest

You may make a bequest to The Kennedy Center by preparing a new will or adding a codicil to your existing will. To assure that your specific intentions are carried out, wills and codicils should be prepared by, or with the advice of, your attorney. Should you decide to make a bequest to The Kennedy Center, please let us know so we may include you in our Legacy Society and, with your permission, include your name in future Endowment Fund listings.

To learn more about bequests and planned giving, please contact The Kennedy Center Director of Development and Donor Relations at 203.365.8522, ext. 2049 or email.