Sample Language for Donor Documents

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 InterVarsity, be sure the organization’s correct legal name appears in all final documents as:

“InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, located in Madison, WI, or its successor, Federal Tax Identification Number: 36-2171714.”

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

“I give to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, located in Madison, WI, or its successor, Federal Tax Identification Number 36-2171714 [insert here the exact dollar amount].”

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

“I give to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, located in Madison, WI, or its successor, Federal Tax Identification Number 36-2171714, [insert here a description of the particular property].”

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

“I give to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, located in Madison, WI, or its successor, Federal Tax Identification Number 36-2171714, all [or a portion] of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate.”

Contingent Bequest if the Testator is not survived by certain individuals, may be worded:

“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 InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, located in Madison, WI, or its successor, Federal Tax Identification Number 36-2171714,  [insert here the exact dollar amount, description of property, or percentage of residual estate].”