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Delta Waterfowl Foundation's Bequest Language

An excellent way for you to support Delta Waterfowl Foundation's mission is to leave a bequest in your will, living trust or with a codicil. You retain the asset as long as you decide, then make a significant gift befitting your legacy.

If you have already or decide to include a bequest to Delta Waterfowl Foundation in your estate plan, please click here to complete the Declaration of Intent Form, then contact us to confidentially let us know. For record and recognition, we would like to be aware of your intent, say thank you and recognize you for your gift with invitation to the exclusive Delta Waterfowl Legacy Society.

Types of Bequests


There are a number of ways you can make a bequest to Delta Waterfowl Foundation.

Specific Bequest. A specific bequest involves making a gift of a specific asset such as real estate, a car, other property or a cash gift of a specific amount. For example, you may wish to leave your home, duck club or $100,000 to Delta Waterfowl Foundation.

Percentage Bequest. Another kind of specific bequest involves leaving a specific percentage of your overall estate to charity. For example, you may wish to leave 10% of your estate to Delta Waterfowl Foundation.

Residual Bequest. A residual bequest is made from the balance of an estate after the will or trust has given away each of the specific bequests. A common residual bequest involves leaving all or a percentage of the residue of the estate to Delta . For example, you may wish to leave all, 80%, 50% or 30% of the residue of your estate to Delta Waterfowl Foundation.

Contingent Bequest. A contingent bequest is made to charity only if the purpose of the primary bequest cannot be met. For example, you could leave specific property, such as a vacation home, to a relative, but the bequest language could provide that if the relative is not alive at the time of your death, the vacation home will go to Delta Waterfowl Foundation.

Bequest Benefits


A bequest is generally a revocable gift, which means it can be changed or modified at any time. You can choose to designate that a bequest be used for a general or specific purpose so you have the peace of mind knowing that your gift will be used as intended. Bequests are exempt from federal estate taxes. If you have a taxable estate, the estate tax charitable deduction may offset or eliminate estate taxes, resulting in a larger inheritance for your heirs.

Bequest Language


In order to make a bequest, you should speak with your attorney. Your attorney can help you include a bequest to Delta Waterfowl Foundation in your estate plan. We have provided some sample bequest language to assist you and your attorney.

1. Specific Bequest

If you are considering making an outright bequest to Delta Waterfowl Foundation, we recommend the following language:

Bequest of a Specific Dollar Amount

For American Residents: I hereby give, devise and bequeath [_________ and No/100 dollars ($DOLLARS)] to Delta Waterfowl Foundation, an U.S. nonprofit organization located at 1312 Basin Avenue, Bismarck, ND, 58504, Federal Tax ID #53-025796, for Delta Waterfowl Foundation's general use and purpose.

For Canadian Residents, we thank you for your consideration and look forward to working with you to leave your legacy for ducks and duck hunters. Please contact Scott McGuigan at smcguigan@deltawaterfowl.org or 587-225-5533 to discuss your wishes.


Bequest of Specific Personal Property

For American Residents: I hereby give, devise and bequeath [DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY] to Delta Waterfowl Foundation, a U.S. nonprofit organization located at 1312 Basin Avenue, Bismarck, ND, 58504, Federal Tax ID #53-025796, for Delta Waterfowl Foundation's general use and purpose.

For Canadian Residents, we thank you for your consideration and look forward to working with you to leave your legacy for ducks and duck hunters. Please contact Scott McGuigan at smcguigan@deltawaterfowl.org or 587-225-5533 to discuss your wishes.


Bequest of Specific Real Estate

For American Residents: I hereby give, devise and bequeath all of the right, title and interest in and to the real estate located at [ADDRESS OR DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY] to Delta Waterfowl Foundation, a nonprofit organization located at 1312 Basin Avenue, Bismarck, ND, 58504, Federal Tax ID #53-025796, for Delta Waterfowl Foundation's general use and purpose.

For Canadian Residents, we thank you for your consideration and look forward to working with you to leave your legacy for ducks and duck hunters. Please contact Scott McGuigan at smcguigan@deltawaterfowl.org or 587-225-5533 to discuss your wishes.


2. Percentage Bequest

If you are considering making a bequest of a percentage of your estate to Delta Waterfowl Foundation, we recommend the following language:

For American Residents: I hereby give, devise and bequeath [____ percent (___%)] of my total estate, determined as of the date of my death, to Delta Waterfowl Foundation, an U.S. nonprofit organization located at 1312 Basin Avenue, Bismarck, ND, 58504, Federal Tax ID #53-025796, for Delta Waterfowl Foundation's general use and purpose.

For Canadian Residents, we thank you for your consideration and look forward to working with you to leave your legacy for ducks and duck hunters. Please contact Scott McGuigan at smcguigan@deltawaterfowl.org or 587-225-5533 to discuss your wishes.



3. Residual Bequest

For American Residents: I hereby give, devise and bequeath to Delta Waterfowl Foundation, an U.S. nonprofit organization located at 1312 Basin Avenue, Bismarck, ND, 58504, Federal Tax ID #53-025796, [ALL or _______ percent (____%)] of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate to be used for Delta Waterfowl Foundation's general use and purpose.

For Canadian Residents, we thank you for your consideration and look forward to working with you to leave your legacy for ducks and duck hunters. Please contact Scott McGuigan at smcguigan@deltawaterfowl.org or 587-225-5533 to discuss your wishes.



4. Contingent Bequest

For American Residents: If (primary beneficiary) does not survive me, then I hereby give, devise and bequeath to Delta Waterfowl Foundation, a nonprofit organization located at 1312 Basin Avenue, Bismarck, ND, 58504, Federal Tax ID #53-025796, [DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY] to be used for Delta Waterfowl Foundation's general use and purpose.

For Canadian Residents, we thank you for your consideration and look forward to working with you to leave your legacy for ducks and duck hunters. Please contact Scott McGuigan at smcguigan@deltawaterfowl.org or 587-225-5533 to discuss your wishes.



Restricted Bequests


If you are considering a bequest but would like to ensure that your bequest will be used for a specific purpose, please let us know. We would be happy to work with you and your attorney to help you identify ways to give and meet your charitable objectives. We will also work with you and your attorney to craft language to accomplish your goals.

For both American and Canadian residents, if you are making a restricted bequest, we recommend that your attorney include the following provision to give Delta Waterfowl Foundation flexibility should it no longer be possible for Delta Waterfowl Foundation to use your gift as you originally intended:

If, in the judgment of the Board of Directors of Delta Waterfowl Foundation, it shall become impossible for Delta Waterfowl Foundation to use this bequest to accomplish the specific purposes of this bequest, Delta Waterfowl Foundation may use the income and principal of this gift for such purpose or purposes as the Board determines is most closely related to the restricted purpose of my bequest.

Contact Us


Please contact us if you have any questions about how to make a bequest to Delta Waterfowl Foundation or to request any additional information that might be helpful to you and your attorney as you consider making a bequest to us.

If you have included a bequest for Delta Waterfowl Foundation in your estate plan, please complete this Declaration of Intent Form then contact us to let us know. We would like to thank you and recognize you for your gift.

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