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Gift Planning & Bequests

Giving Through Your Estate

A charitable gift from your estate is the simplest way to achieve your financial goals and benefit F&M in ways that may not be possible through lifetime gifts. Giving through your estate plan also generates a charitable estate tax deduction and potentially substantial tax savings.

To make it easy for you to leave a gift through your estate, F&M has partnered with FreeWill to offer an online will-writing tool. The tool is free to use whether you choose to include a gift to the College or not, and the average user completes their will in less than 20 minutes. Start writing your will today.

If you would rather finalize your charitable gift through your existing will or attorney, making an estate gift can be as simple as including one sentence of bequest language in your will or listing F&M on your beneficiary designation form. 


A charitable gift from your estate is a favored method of giving that enables you to achieve your financial goals and benefit F&M.

Bequest Language for Donors

Sample bequest language is offered below for your legal counsel’s consideration in preparing your will or trust. This enables you to make generous gifts that may not be possible during your lifetime.

Beneficiary Designation

While most assets transfer through a will, retirement plans and life insurance policies are governed by a separate document, called a beneficiary designation.