Bequest Gifts

Bequest Gifts

You can ensure now for a future gift to The Ackerman Institute for the Family by including a provision for a bequest in your will or revocable trust.

Leaving a bequest ensures that you leave a significant gift to support the invaluable work of The Ackerman Institute for the Family to support families from all walks of life to move forward and heal.

Why is it important to make a Bequest Gift?

Your gift will continue to benefit The Ackerman Institute for the Family and all of  the families that it serves tomorrow, not just today. Your gift is revocable if you change the provisions in your will or your trust at any time.

Your gift leaves a lasting legacy for your family and all of the families that walk through the doors of the Ackerman Institute to heal and move forward.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a will and a trust? 

A will is your instructional guide to survivors about how you want your property distributed. It is a revocable, private document that only goes into effect after your death.

A revocable trust is an entity that holds assets during your lifetime, then transfers ownership of hem — or benefits from them — as specified, upon your death.

There is no difference between wills and trusts in how they make charitable transfers. In some states the probate and distribution process is simpler with a revocable trust. Your advisors can guide you in choosing which vehicle will work better for you.

What if I’ve already written my will or trust? 

You can amend a will or trust to make a gift without rewriting the entire document. Your attorney can prepare a simple document, called a codicil, which adds a new bequest to Ackerman Institute for the Family while reaffirming the other terms of your will. Similarly, an attorney can prepare an amendment to a revocable trust to add Ackerman Institute for the Family as a beneficiary.