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Leaving a legacy

Many people like to remember a charity in their will, often as a way of expressing their care and concern for those less fortunate than themselves. Legacies form a vital part of Barnabas Aid's income and every gift is greatly valued.

Providing for your family will usually be your first priority, though this is not always the case because sometimes a person's family is sufficiently independent and does not need additional income from a legacy.

We pray that, as Christians plan how to distribute their estate, they will feel encouraged to remember their wider family in Christ who are suffering pressure, discrimination or persecution because of their faith.

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‘If you decide to share in the ministry of Barnabas Aid by leaving a legacy, please consult with your attorney to draft a clause bequeathing a portion of your estate according to your state-specific laws and requirements.  Your attorney should advise you on this process, but may want to use language that is similar to the following:

“I hereby give, devise, and bequeath [all, or a percentage] of the rest, residue, and remainder of my Estate of every kind and nature and wherever situated, to Barnabas Aid, Inc. (doing business as Barnabas Aid), (EIN 16-1711227) a non-profit organization, located at 6731 Curran Street, McLean, VA 22101, for use consistent with its charitable, educational, and religious purposes.”

Specifying the use of your legacy

If you decide to leave a legacy to Barnabas Aid it is possible to specify how your gift is to be used, but if you give flexibility for your gift to be used for general purposes, this assists greatly in funds being allocated where and when they are most needed. For example, it is quite likely that the specific project you have named will have been completed by the time the gift comes into effect. And if you have restricted how it is to be applied, Barnabas Aid will not be allowed to claim it and use if for something else, which is probably what you would like to happen in these circumstances.

Let us know

If you decide to leave a legacy to Barnabas Aid, it would be a great help if you could let us know. It helps us to plan much more effectively for the future. We would also like to have the opportunity to thank you properly for your kindness and keep in touch with you about how our work is progressing.

Further information

Barnabas Aid has published a short booklet entitled ‘A Christian Guide to making and changing your will'. To order a free copy please visit the Barnabas shop or contact us on (703) 288-1681.

Please Note: Barnabas Aid is not providing legal advice in this guide, and all donors should consult with an attorney as to the options best suited for them.

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