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Bequests

If you plan to make a charitable gift by will, please think it through carefully. Then, meet with your attorney to discuss and update your will. Tell them exactly what you want to do. Be as clear as possible in describing what you want given and to whom.

Let Us Know

We hope you’ll tell us when you have named The College of New Jersey Foundation in your will. We would very much like the opportunity to thank you for your generosity.

The official legal bequest language for The College of New Jersey Foundation is: “I [name] of [city, state] give, devise, and bequeath to The College of New Jersey Foundation, Inc., Ewing Township, New Jersey, [specific amount, percentage of estate, or property description] for [purpose] by the [School/College of _____].”

If you prefer to remain anonymous, your gift will be kept completely confidential. But at the same time, recognition of your gift can encourage others to do the same. Whatever the case, we will honor your wishes, because we appreciate your support immensely. And, if you have any other specific requests for a bequest, please contact The College of New Jersey at 609-771-3285 for assistance.

To enable TCNJ to better plan and more importantly, to recognize those alumni and friends who have made bequests, we ask that you contact our offices and complete a Bequest Intention Form (direct link to form). With your permission, this will also enroll you in The Heritage Council.
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Various Bequest Options

Here are eight generally accepted ways to make a bequest. You might discuss them with your attorney as you prepare to update your will.

1. Specific bequest

This is a gift of a specific item to a specific beneficiary. For example, “I give my golf clubs to my nephew, John.” If that specific property has been disposed of before death, the bequest fails and no claim can be made to any other property. (In other words, John wouldn’t receive the value of the golf clubs instead.)

2. General bequest

This is usually a gift of a stated sum of money. It will not fail, even if there is not sufficient cash to meet the bequest. For example, “I give $50,000 to my daughter Mary.” If there is only $2,500 cash in the estate, other assets must be sold to meet the bequest.

3. Contingent bequest

This is a bequest made on condition that a certain event must occur before distribution to the beneficiary. For example, “I give $50,000 to my son, Joe, provided he enrolls in college before age 21.” A contingent bequest is specific in nature and fails if the condition is not met. (A contingent bequest is also appropriate if you want to name a secondary beneficiary, in case the primary beneficiary doesn’t survive you.)

4. Residuary bequest

This is a gift of all the “rest, residue and remainder” of your estate after all other bequests, debts and taxes have been paid. For example, you own property worth $500,000, and you intend to give a child $50,000 by specific bequest and leave $450,000 to a spouse through a residuary bequest. If the debts, taxes and expenses are $100,000, there would only be $350,000 left for the surviving spouse. Rather, you should divide your estate according to percentages of the residue (rather than specifying dollar amounts), to ensure that your beneficiaries receive the proportions you desire.

The previous items can apply in the case of bequests to individual heirs or bequests to charitable organizations.


Bequest Considerations Specific to TCNJ

The following items are special considerations when you plan a charitable bequest to help support the mission of The College of New Jersey .

5. Unrestricted bequest

This is a gift for our general purposes, to be used at the discretion of our governing board. A gift like this—without conditions attached—is frequently the most useful, as it allows us to determine the wisest and most pressing need for the funds at the time of receipt.

6. Restricted bequest

This type of gift allows you to specify how the funds are to be used. Perhaps you have a special purpose or project in mind. If so, it’s best to consult us when you make your will to be certain your intent can be fulfilled.

7. Honorary or memorial bequest

This is a gift given “in honor of” or “in memory of” someone. We are pleased to honor your request and have many ways to grant appropriate recognition

8. Endowed bequest

This bequest allows you to restrict the principal of your gift, requiring us to hold the funds permanently and use only the investment income they generate. Creating an endowment in this manner means that your gift can continue giving indefinitely.

Please contact us to ensure your generous gift will be utilized properly and TCNJ can fulfill your intentions.


Bequest Model Language

Unrestricted Bequest

“I give, devise, and bequeath to The College of New Jersey Foundation, Inc., Ewing Township, New Jersey, the sum of _________ dollars ($_______), for [state purpose (e.g. its general purposes, for scholarships, for library acquisitions)].” 

Amount of Gift Dependent on the Size of the Estate

“I give, devise, and bequeath to The College of New Jersey Foundation, Inc., Ewing Township, New Jersey, the sum of _________ dollars ($_______), or ______ percent of my adjusted gross estate as finally determined for federal estate tax purposes, whichever is the lesser, for [state purpose (e.g. its general purposes, for scholarships, for library acquisitions)].”

Endowment Bequest (minimum of $25,000)

“I give, devise, and bequeath to The College of New Jersey Foundation, Inc., Ewing Township, New Jersey, the sum of _________ dollars ($_______), to be added to its endowment and the net income therefrom shall be used for [state purpose (e.g. its general purposes, for scholarships, for library acquisitions)]. If, in the future, circumstances have so altered that it is no longer feasible, in the opinion of the Executive Board of The College of New Jersey Foundation, to continue the terms of this agreement, said Board shall be required to apply this fund to such purposes as may, in its opinion, most closely fulfill the intentions of the donors herein described.”

A Specific Legacy

“I give, devise, and bequeath to The College of New Jersey Foundation, Inc., Ewing Township, New Jersey, my [e.g. art collection consisting of paintings and sculptures, real property located at _______, book collection consisting of _____ ].”.”  

Gift of Residuary Estate

“I give, devise, and bequeath to The College of New Jersey Foundation, Inc., Ewing Township, New Jersey, the residue of the property owned by me at my death, real and personal and whatever situate, for [state purpose (e.g. its general purposes, for scholarships, for library acquisitions)].”

Contingent Gift of Residuary Estate

“I give, devise, and bequeath the residue of the property owned by me at my death, real and personal and whatever situate, to my wife, [state name], if she survives me. If my wife does not survive me, I give, devise, and bequeath my residuary estate to The College of New Jersey Foundation, Inc., Ewing Township, New Jersey, for [state purpose (e.g. its general purposes, for scholarships, for library acquisitions)].”

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