Bequests

The enduring power of a bequest

A charitable bequest lives on – leaving a legacy that will make a difference for generations to come.

A bequest is one of the easiest ways you can leave a gift to Perkins School for the Blind by creating a new will, or adding a codicil to your current will. Another easy way to make a bequest is to designate Perkins as a beneficiary of your retirement plan or life insurance policy.

If you plan to include Perkins in your will or estate plans, or have already done so, please let us know.


How can you include Perkins in your will?

Just a few sentences in your will are all that is needed. You can give all of your estate, a percentage of your estate, a specific sum of dollars, or the remainder of your estate (after other bequests) to Perkins. Your gift can be used for general support for Perkins, or to fund specific programs or initiatives.

The following language may be used for an outright gift by will:

Specific dollar amount or percentage:

"I give the (sum of dollars or percentage of estate) to the Trustees of Perkins School for the Blind, located in Watertown, Massachusetts, to be used for the school's general purposes."

Part or all of residue

"I devise and bequeath to the Trustees of Perkins School for the Blind, located in Watertown, Massachusetts, (all or specify a portion) of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate to be used (for the school's general purposes or insert a specific program or purpose.)."


How can you update your will?

Step 1: Get a copy of your current will.
Step 2: Mark the areas you'd like to change.
Step 3: Meet with your estate planning attorney to draft and prepare your new document.
Step 4: Consider discussing changes with us if they affect your bequest to Perkins.