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Bequest Language

Legal Language

A bequest is one of the simplest ways to support the work of The Wilderness Society. With a bequest gift, you are helping to build future financial strength that will leave a legacy of wild places for all to enjoy.

If you wish to name The Wilderness Society in your will or trust, our full name and address should be used:

The Wilderness Society, 1615 M Street NW, Washington DC 20036.


Tax ID

Our Federal Tax Identification Number is: 53–0167933.


Sample Bequest Language for your Will or Trust

1. Specific Bequest

Naming The Wilderness Society as a beneficiary of a specific amount or asset is easy:

"I give and bequeath ____ dollars ($______) (or other asset) to The Wilderness Society, a non-profit institution incorporated in the District of Columbia with a business address of 1615 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20036 to be used for its general support."

2. Residual Bequest of the estate

A residual bequest comes to The Wilderness Society after the estate expenses and specific bequests are made:

"I give and bequeath _____ percent (___%) of the residue of property owned by me (or held hereunder) at my death, whether real or personal, and wherever located to The Wilderness Society, a non-profit institution incorporated in the District of Columbia with a business address of 1615 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20036 to be used for its general support."

3. Contingent Bequest

The Wilderness Society can be named as a contingent beneficiary in your will or trust if one of your specific bequests cannot be fulfilled:

"If (insert name) (insert location and/or relationship to person) survives me, I devise and bequeath (specific or percentage) of the remainder and residue of property owned at my death, whether real or personal, and wherever located to (insert name). If (insert name) does not survive me, then I devise and bequeath (specific or percentage) of my residuary estate, whether real or personal property, and wherever located to The Wilderness Society, a non-profit institution incorporated in the District of Columbia with a business address of 1615 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20036 to be used for its general support."

4. Customized Language

If you are interested in supporting a specific program at The Wilderness Society, please contact us to help you and your attorney draft customized language that is specific to your goal and interest.
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