What are the advantages of making a bequest?

  • It is not payable until death, so it does not affect your assets or cash flow during your lifetime.
  • It is private – your will is not filed or made public until your death.
  • It is revocable – you can change the provisions in your will at any time until death.

What is the best way to include Camp Fire National in a will?

When including a provision of us in your will, you will want to make sure that your intention is stated clearly and that you have our correct name and address. It would be prudent if you or your advisor calls us before drafting the document to ensure that the information you are including is accurate.

Here are some of your options:

  • How will your gift be used: You may opt to designate a program at Camp Fire National as a beneficiary of your gift, or you may leave your gift to be used at the discretion of our Board of Trustees.
  • What form should your gift take: You may choose to designate that we receive a specific sum from your estate (for example $5,000), or you may choose to leave a percentage of your estate (for example 5%).
  • What asset should you use: You can give almost any kind of asset through a bequest, including cash, securities, an interest in real estate, tangible personal property, or the remainder of your IRA, tax-sheltered annuity, qualified pension, or profit-sharing plan.

Sample Bequest Language:

I give (BEQUEST AMOUNT/PERCENTAGE) to Camp Fire National Headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri for (STATE DESIGNATION SUCH AS UNRESTRICTED USE OR SOMETHING MORE SPECIFIC LIKE CAMPER SCHOLARSHIPS).

What if I have already written my will?

You can amend a will to make a gift without rewriting the entire document. Your attorney can prepare the simple statement, called a codicil, that adds a new bequest to us while reaffirming the other terms of your will. If you have or plan to include Camp Fire National in a bequest provision, please notify us by using the Camp Fire National Headquarters Bequest Intention form so that we ensure your wishes can be fulfilled.

To learn more about how you can contribute through planned giving, please contact Teresa Woods, Development Associate at Teresa.Woods@CampFire.org.

As with any decision involving your estate plans, we urge you to seek the advice of professional counsel when considering a gift to Camp Fire National Headquarters. Our Tax ID is 13-1623921.

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