Bequest Language for Donors

The following is intended to help you and your attorney in drafting a bequest that satisfies your individual interests.  
As you consult your attorney on the selection of appropriate wording to reflect your own goals and intentions regarding F&M, be sure the College’s name appears in all final documents as:  “Franklin & Marshall College, a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation, or its successor.”

If you would like to direct your gift to a specific purpose, please contact us so we can provide you with language tailored to your situation.

General Bequest of a stated sum of money may be worded:

“I give to Franklin & Marshall College, a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation, or its successor, [insert here the exact dollar amount] to be used for its general purposes [or specify a different use].”

Specific Bequest of a certain asset from your estate may be worded:

“I give to Franklin & Marshall College, a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation, or its successor, [insert here a description of the particular property] to be used for its general purposes [or specify a different use].”

A Residuary Bequest, after other bequests and expenses have been paid, may be worded:

“I give to Franklin & Marshall College, a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation, or its successor, all [or a percentage] of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate to be used for its general purposes [or specify a different use].”

Contingent Bequest if the Testator is not survived by certain individuals:

“If [name/s of primary beneficiary/ies] do/es not survive me, or shall die within ninety (90) days from the date of my death, or as a result of a common disaster, then I give to Franklin & Marshall College, a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation, or its successor, [insert here the exact dollar amount, description of property, or percentage of residual estate] to be used for its general purposes [or specify a different use].”