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Red Cloud Indian School's Bequest Language

An excellent way for you to support Red Cloud Indian School—and to leave a lasting legacy-- is to leave Red Cloud a bequest in your Last Will and Testament, your Living Trust or by a Codicil (an amendment to your Will).

Types of Bequests


There are a number of ways you can make a bequest to Red Cloud.

Specific Bequest. A specific bequest involves making a gift of a specific asset such as real estate, a car, other property or a gift for a specific dollar amount. For example, you may wish to leave your home or a set dollar amount to Red Cloud. Your Will or Trust would provide, "I give, bequeath and devise [my house or the sum of $xxxx] to Red Cloud Indian School."

Percentage Bequest. Another kind of specific bequest involves leaving a specific percentage of your overall estate to Red Cloud. For example, your Will or Trust would provide, "I give, bequeath and devise[xx]% of my estate to Red Cloud Indian School."

Residual Bequest. A residual bequest is made from the balance of an estate after your Will or Trust has provided for others. Many people who want to help Red Cloud leave a percentage or all of the residue of the estate Red Cloud. For example, your Will or Trust would provide, "I give, bequeath and devise to Red Cloud Indian School all (or a percentage) of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate."

Contingent Bequest. Red Cloud would receive what is called a "contingent bequest" only if your primary beneficiary is deceased or 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 provide that if the relative is not alive at the time of your death, the vacation home will go to Red Cloud.

Bequest Benefits


When you name Red Cloud in your Will or Trust it is generally a revocable gift, which means it can be changed or modified by you 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 to Red Cloud 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 beneficiaries.

Bequest Language


In order to make a bequest, you should speak with your attorney. Your attorney can help you to draft a proper Will or Trust according to your state law and include a bequest to Red Cloud Indian School in your estate plan. The following is some suggested bequest language to assist you and your attorney.

1. Specific Bequest

Bequest of a Specific Dollar Amount

I hereby give, devise and bequeath _________ and No/100 dollars ($DOLLARS) to Red Cloud Indian School, a nonprofit organization located at 100 Mission Drive, Pine Ridge, SD, 57770-2100, Federal Tax ID #46-02750714, for Red Cloud Indian School's general use and purpose.

Bequest of Specific Personal Property

I hereby give, devise and bequeath DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY to Red Cloud Indian School, a nonprofit organization located at 100 Mission Drive, Pine Ridge, SD, 57770-2100, Federal Tax ID #46-02750714, for Red Cloud Indian School's general use and purpose.

Bequest of Specific Real Estate

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 Red Cloud Indian School, a nonprofit organization located at 100 Mission Drive, Pine Ridge, SD, 57770-2100, Federal Tax ID #46-02750714, for Red Cloud Indian School's general use and purpose.

2. Percentage Bequest

If you are considering making a bequest of a percentage of your estate to Red Cloud Indian School, we suggest the following language:

I hereby give, devise and bequeath ____ percent (___%) of my estate of whatsoever kind or character and wheresoever situated which I may own at the time of my death or to which I or my estate may thereafter become entitled to Red Cloud Indian School, a nonprofit organization located at 100 Mission Drive, Pine Ridge, SD, 57770-2100, Federal Tax ID #46-02750714, for Red Cloud Indian School's general use and purpose.

3. Residual Bequest

I hereby give, devise and bequeath to Red Cloud Indian School, a nonprofit organization located at 100 Mission Drive, Pine Ridge, SD, 57770-2100, Federal Tax ID #46-02750714, [ALL OR A PERCENTAGE] of my estate of whatsoever kind or character and wheresoever situated which I may own at the time of my death or to which I or my estate may thereto become entitled to be used for Red Cloud Indian School's general use and purpose.

4. Contingent Bequest

If (primary beneficiary) does not survive me, then I hereby give, devise and bequeath to Red Cloud Indian School, a nonprofit organization located at 100 Mission Drive, Pine Ridge, SD, 57770-2100, Federal Tax ID #46-02750714, [DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY] to be used for Red Cloud Indian School's general use and purpose.

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 and to craft language to accomplish your goals.

If you are making a restricted bequest, we recommend that your attorney include the following provision to give Red Cloud Indian School flexibility should it no longer be possible for Red Cloud to use your gift as you originally intended,

"If, in the judgment of the Board of Directors of Red Cloud Indian School, it shall become impossible for Red Cloud Indian School to use this bequest to accomplish the specific purposes of this bequest, Red Cloud Indian School 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 Red Cloud Indian School 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 Red Cloud in your estate plan, please contact us to let us know so that we can say "thank you" and recognize you as a member of the Red Cloud Legacy Society and "Maȟpíya Lúta Owáyawa Thiyóšpaye"—the Red Cloud Indian School family.

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