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Sample Gift Language for your Will or Revocable Living Trust

A gift to the museum in your will or revocable trust enables you to support our mission and make a difference in the lives of future generations. A bequest:

  • is easy to arrange.
  • will not alter your current lifestyle in any way.
  • can be easily modified to address your changing needs.

Recommended Language for Bequests to benefit the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago:

The following language is suggested for use in making an unrestricted bequest:

“I give (the sum of _____ dollars), or (all or % of the residuary of my estate) to the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, in support of the museum’s general purposes.”

The following language is suggested for use in making a bequest to the museum’s general endowment:

“I give (the sum of _____ dollars), or (all or % of the residuary of my estate) to the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, to the Museum endowment.”

If you have questions regarding restricted gifts, named funds, or endowments, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to developing custom wording to ensure that the intentions of your gift are clear.


Residual Gift Language

A residual bequest comes to us after your estate expenses and specific bequests are paid:

I give and devise to The Art Institute of Chicago (Tax ID #36-2167725), located in Chicago, IL, all (or state a percentage) of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, to be used for its general support (or for the support of a specific fund or program).

Specific Gift Language

Naming the museum of the Art Institute of Chicago as a beneficiary of a specific amount from your estate is easy:

I give and devise to The Art Institute of Chicago (Tax ID #36-2167725), located in Chicago, IL, the sum of $___________ (or asset) to be used for its general support (or for the support of a specific fund or program).

Contingent Gift Language

The museum of the Art Institute of Chicago or its affiliates can be named as a contingent beneficiary in your will or personal trust if one or more of your specific bequests cannot be fulfilled:

If (insert name) is not living at the time of my demise, I give and devise to The Art Institute of Chicago (Tax ID #36-2167725), located in Chicago, IL, the sum of $ _______ (or all or a percentage of the residue of my estate) to be used for its general support (or for the support of a specific fund or program).

Retirement Plan Beneficiary Language

You may name the museum of the Art Institute of Chicago (Tax ID #36-2167725) as a beneficiary of your IRA or other qualified retirement benefits. Donors should consult with their tax advisor regarding the tax benefits of such gifts.

Naming the museum as the beneficiary of a qualified retirement plan asset such as a 401(k), 403(b), IRA, Keogh or profit-sharing pension plan will accomplish a charitable goal while realizing significant tax savings. It can be costly to pass such assets on to heirs because of heavy tax consequences. By naming the museum as a beneficiary of a retirement plan, the donor maintains complete control over the asset while living, but at the donor's death the plan passes to support the museum free of both estate and income taxes.

Making a charitable gift from your retirement plan is easy and should not cost you any attorney fees. Simply request a change-of-beneficiary form from your plan administrator. When you have finished, please return the form to your plan administrator and notify the museum of the Art Institute of Chicago. We can also assist you with the proper language for your beneficiary designation to the museum.

Customized Language

If you or your attorney would like the museum to provide you with customized beneficiary language that is specific to your goal and interest, please contact us.


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