There are many reasons to make a bequest. You may want to support the School of Engineering and its programs in the future, just as you may be doing during your lifetime. Giving by bequest costs nothing now, yet it may give you a great deal of satisfaction to know that your future gift will live on. Bequests are very private gifts, too. You may change your bequest at any time, and, if you wish, you may make your plans anonymously.
Bequests are an important way to support the Institute. A bequest is a transfer of cash, securities, or other property through a will or a living trust. A bequest to the School of Engineering can be made for a specific amount, for a percentage of your estate, or even for all or a portion of what is left after you have made specific bequests to your family and others.
To make a gift to the School of Engineering from your estate, you must sign a new will or living trust instrument, add a codicil to your present will, or make an amendment to your present trust instrument. To ensure that your exact intentions can be carried out by the School of Engineering, we encourage you to discuss your plans with our staff in the Office of Development and get their help in drafting the language that will accomplish your charitable goals. Then you may provide your estate planning attorney with the new language to use in updating your documents.