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Power a Culture of Consent – Leave a Legacy: Include DCRCC in your WILL

The 1972 Society is a group of especially committed supporters who share a simple mission: to power a culture of consent and ensure that DCRCC will be around well into the future.

1972 Society members make provisions for DCRCC through their wills or retirement accounts, through gifts of securities, or through other planned-giving methods. This kind of forward-looking philanthropy enables them to make contributions larger than their current incomes may allow and helps ensure that DCRCC  stays alive and kicking even after they’re gone.

Each person’s financial considerations are different, and the laws applicable to estates and trusts vary from state to state. Please consult with an attorney or financial adviser with respect to any gifts you may wish to make in your will.

This isn’t an easy topic to broach (but nothing we do ever is). Even though DCRCC  won’t benefit from your gift for, hopefully, a very long time, your foresight will be critically impor­tant to our long-term financial strength and will help ensure that future generations of catalysts, activists, faith walkers, leaders can meet the opportunities and challenges of their times. That’s a legacy that makes a difference.

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Known as a bequest, this is a simple way to protect your loved ones first and then give back. We hope you’ll consider including a gift to DC Rape Crisis Center in your will or living trust. Called a charitable bequest, this type of gift offers these main benefits:

SimplicityFlexibility.Versatility.Tax Relief.
Just a few sentences in your will or trust are all that is needed. The official legal bequest language for DC Rape Crisis Center is: “I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to DC Rape Crisis Center [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose.”
Because you are not actually making a gift until after your lifetime, you can change your mind at any time.
You can structure the bequest to leave a specific item or amount of money, make the gift contingent on certain events, or leave a percentage of your estate to us.
If your estate is subject to estate tax, your gift is entitled to an estate tax charitable deduction for the gift’s full value.


How It Works

To make a charitable bequest, you need a current will or revocable living trust.
Your gift can be made as a percentage of your estate. Or you can make a specific bequest by giving a certain amount of cash, securities or property. After your lifetime, DC Rape Crisis Center receives your gift.

Putting Your Family First
When planning a future gift, it’s sometimes difficult to determine what size donation will make sense. Emergencies happen, and you need to make sure your family is financially taken care of first. Including a bequest of a percentage of your estate ensures that your gift will remain proportionate no matter how your estate’s value fluctuates over the years.

We Can Help
Contact the Planned Giving Department at plannedgiving@dcrcc.org with any questions about naming,DC Rape Crisis Center in your will or living trust. We’re happy to help, without obligation.

How to Complete Your Gift

1. Choose what to give.
Pick from one of these four options.

  • A specific bequest gives us a particular piece of property. If you disposed of the property before your death, we won’t receive your intended gift because we cannot claim any other property.
  • A general bequest gives us a stated sum of money. If there is insufficient cash in your estate to cover the bequest, other assets will be sold for cash to honor your wishes for us.
  • A residuary bequest gives the “rest, residue and remainder” of your estate, or, more commonly, a percentage of the residue after all other bequests, debts and taxes have been paid.
  • A contingent bequest requires a certain event to occur before the gift can happen. For example, you could bequeath funds to a family member provided that person survives you; if not, the funds would then go to DC Rape Crisis Center.

2. Decide how you would like DC Rape Crisis Center to use your gift.
Choose from one of the following options.

  • An unrestricted bequest allows us to use the assets in the most beneficial way.
  • A restricted bequest allows you to specify how we are to use the funds. Contact us in advance to be certain your intent can be fulfilled.
  • An endowment bequest allows you to designate the purpose of your gift. Your gift is invested with and becomes part of our endowment and a distribution is made each year. Because the principal remains intact, the fund will support our mission in perpetuity.

3. Meet with your estate planning attorney.
Whether you need to create a will or trust, or simply update an old document, you’ll want to seek the help of an estate planning attorney. The official legal bequest language for DC Rape Crisis Center is: “I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to DC Rape Crisis Center [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose.”

4. Let us know of your plans.
Please contact the Planned Giving Department at plannedgiving@dcrcc.org    to let us know when you have made plans for such a gift. We would love the opportunity to thank you for your generous act. We are happy to honor your wishes regarding anonymity.