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Bequests to RCS

Charitable bequests are gifts that are made as part of a will or trust to a nonprofit organization, trust or foundation. Anyone can make a bequest—in any amount—to an individual or charity. Bequests can be simple—“I give $1,000 to Rockford Christian”—or complex, with conditions about how the gifts can be used.

How bequests work
There are different ways that bequests operate:

To make a bequest, you need to leave instructions, typically in a will. Other documents, such as beneficiary designations and revocable living trusts, may also be part of how your estate plan is managed after your death. You can detail different types of bequests in your will and update it throughout your life as your family, priorities and wishes evolve.

If you have no will to specify your instructions, state law dictates where your property passes. Generally, this would be first to a surviving spouse, then to your children and other family in accordance with state law. If you don’t leave a will and don't have any living relatives, your estate, depending on where you live, could go to the state.

If you are interested in free assistance from Rockford Christian Schools in making a bequest, please contact us at (815) 391-8000.

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