Leaving a gift in your will or by beneficiary designation

Most legacy gifts cost you nothing now. There is no immediate contribution required, and you can change your beneficiaries at any time. Once your family and friends are provided for, we hope you’ll consider leaving a gift to the Civil War Trust in your will or trust or by beneficiary designation so future generations can walk the ground and understand the events that occurred there.

Gifts by Bequest

A bequest is one of the most popular ways to ensure that the Civil War Trust can continue our mission for years to come. With a bequest, you retain control of your assets during your lifetime and can change your beneficiaries at any time. You can complete your gift with just a few sentences in your will or trust.

Here are some of the ways that most people leave a gift to the Civil War Trust:

  • General bequest leaves the Civil War Trust a gift of a specific dollar amount or specific asset.
  • Residuary bequest leaves a gift to the Civil War Trust of a percentage of the “rest, residue and remainder” of your estate after other bequests, debts and taxes have been paid.
  • Specific bequest leaves the Civil War Trust a specific dollar amount or stated fraction of your estate or a specified gift of property.
  • Contingent bequest leaves the Civil War Trust with a stated share of your estate, only if a spouse, partner, family member or other beneficiary does not survive you.

Learn more: View Sample Bequest Language | Read a supporter’s story