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Benedictine Foundation Bequest Language

An excellent way for you to support Benedictine Foundation's mission is to leave us a bequest in your will, living trust or with a codicil. One significant benefit of making a gift by bequest is that it allows you to continue to use the property you will leave to charity during your life. Another benefit is that you are able to leave a lasting legacy.

Types of Bequests


There are a number of ways you can make a bequest to Benedictine Foundation.

Specific Bequest. A specific bequest involves making a gift of a specific asset such as real estate, a car, other property or a gift for a specific dollar amount. For example, you may wish to leave your home or $10,000 to Benedictine Foundation.

Percentage Bequest. Another kind of specific bequest involves leaving a specific percentage of your overall estate to charity. For example, you may wish to leave 10% of your estate to Benedictine Foundation.

Residual Bequest. A residual bequest is made from the balance of an estate after the will or trust has given away each of the specific bequests. A common residual bequest involves leaving a percentage of the residue of the estate to charity. For example, you may wish to leave 30% of the residue of your estate to Benedictine Foundation.

Contingent Bequest. A contingent bequest is made to charity only if the purpose of the primary bequest cannot be met. For example, you could leave specific property, such as a vacation home, to a relative, but the bequest language could provide that if the relative is not alive at the time of your death, the vacation home will go to Benedictine Foundation.

Bequest Benefits


A bequest is generally a revocable gift, which means it can be changed or modified at any time. You can choose to designate that a bequest be used for a general or specific purpose so you have the peace of mind knowing that your gift will be used as intended. Bequests are exempt from federal estate taxes. If you have a taxable estate, the estate tax charitable deduction may offset or eliminate estate taxes, resulting in a larger inheritance for your heirs.

Bequest Language


Thank you for your interest in the people we serve. A bequest to Benedictine Foundation is a powerful way to lend your support for the role that Benedictine Health System Communities play in the lives of those we serve, their families, and our community. The following is general Bequest language that you can share with your attorney. Please contact us, if you wish to direct your gift to support a specific Benedictine Health System community.

Specific Bequest
"I give (a dollar amount) or (specified asset) to Benedictine Foundation, a Minnesota nonprofit corporation, to be used or disposed of according to policies set by its Board of Directors for the benefit of the Benedictine Health System."

Residual Bequest
"I give (my entire estate) or (a specified percentage of my residual estate) to Benedictine Foundation, a Minnesota nonprofit corporation, to be used or disposed of according to policies set by its Board of Directors for the benefit of the Benedictine Health System."

Contingent Bequest
"In the event that (name of beneficiary) does not survive me, I give (a dollar amount) or (a specified percentage of my residual estate) to Benedictine Foundation, a Minnesota nonprofit corporation, to be used or disposed of according to policies set by its Board of Directors for the benefit of the Benedictine Health System."

For More Information
These are a few of the options available. We would be very pleased to work with you and your attorney to design an estate plan specifically tailored to your wishes. When making or revising a will, we highly recommend that donors obtain the assistance of their own legal counsel.

Federal Identification Number
The EIN # is 41-1513014 for Benedictine Foundation.

Contact Us


Please contact us if you have any questions about how to make a bequest to Benedictine Foundation or to request any additional information that might be helpful to you and your attorney as you consider making a bequest to us.

If you have included a bequest in your estate plan, please contact us to let us know. We would like to thank you and recognize you for your gift.

Scott Nelson
Director Gift Planning
Benedictine Foundation
651.259.6258
Scott.Nelson@bhshealth.org
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