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What is a bequest?

A gift through your will or living trust costs you nothing now, but provides support to Good Shepherd after your lifetime. and you may secure a charitable estate-tax deduction for the value of your gift. 

      How it works:

  • You include a gift in your will, or living trust to provide support to us after your lifetime.  
  • Make your bequest unrestricted or direct it to a specific purpose.
  • Your bequest can be general (cash or a percentage), residuary- provide for your heirs first then the balance remaining is passed on to Good Shepherd, or a contingent bequest given only under circumstances you describe.


  • Your assets remain in your control during your lifetime.
  • You can modify your gift to address changing circumstances.
  • You can direct your gift to a particular purpose (be sure to check with us to make sure your gift can be used as intended).
  • Secure a charitable estate-tax deduction for the value of your gift, which reduces the tax burden of your estate.
  • Knowing your generosity will support our mission for years to come.

For more information, please call Danielle Perillo, Foundation Director, at 631-828-7605