Wills and Bequests

A charitable bequest is one of the easiest ways you can leave a lasting impact on the causes and charities you love through Fort Dodge Community Foundation. A bequest may be made in your will or trust directing a gift to Fort Dodge Community Foundation, which will be used to create or support your charitable fund as you've directed.

Benefits of Your Bequest
  • Receive an estate tax charitable deduction.
  • Lessen the burden of taxes on your family.
  • Leave a lasting legacy.
     
How to Make a Bequest

A bequest is one of the easiest gifts to make. With the help of an advisor, you can include language in your will or trust specifying a gift to be made to family, friends or Fort Dodge Community Foundation as part of your estate plan.A bequest may be made in several ways:

  • Gift of a percentage of your estate
  • Gift of a specific dollar amount or asset
  • Gift from the balance or residue of your estate
     
Making a Bequest of Your Retirement Assets

A retirement asset, such as an IRA account, makes an excellent bequest to us. If the IRA were given to your family, much of the value may be lost through estate and income taxes. By designating Fort Dodge Community Foundation as the beneficiary of all or part of your IRA (using a beneficiary designation form provided by your custodian), the full value of the gift is transferred tax free at your death and your estate receives an estate tax charitable deduction.