Sample Bequest Language

A bequest is an easy yet far-reaching way to support the Folger and its mission. You need not be wealthy to leave a lasting impact.

We have provided several sample bequest wordings here that you and your attorney may find helpful. Please consult with your attorney for advice regarding your particular circumstances. The Library's Development staff would be happy to assist you and your advisors in planning a bequest provision.

Unrestricted bequest

I give and bequeath __________(dollar amount, percentage amount, or description of asset) to the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003, for the general purposes of the Library.

Restricted bequest

I give and bequeath ___________(dollar amount, percentage amount, or description of asset) to the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003, to be used for __________(specify purpose here).

Endowment fund

Bequest (for bequests of $25,000 or more) I give and bequeath ___________(dollar amount, percentage amount, or description of asset) to the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003. This gift shall be held as a permanent endowment to be known as the ________ Fund, the income only from which will support ___________(specify purpose here).

Tax information

The Folger Shakespeare Library's federal employer tax ID is #04-2103542. The Library is administered by a Board of Governors under the auspices of Amherst College, founder Henry Clay Folger’s alma mater. Therefore, the Trustees of Amherst College are the official body under which the Folger is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service under sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) of the tax code.