The following language may help you and your attorney when drawing up a bequest that meets your needs.
If you intend to leave an outright gift of cash, securities or other property by designating a specific dollar amount, a particular asset or a fixed percentage of your estate to Habitat for Humanity to be used for general purposes:
“After taking care of all expenses, debts and other provisions, I give, devise and bequeath ___ percent of the rest and residue [or $___ if a specific amount] to Habitat for Humanity International, a Georgia-based charitable organization [Tax ID# 91-1914868] currently with administrative offices at 322 West Lamar Street, Americus, Georgia 31709-3543.”
If you intend to make an outright bequest for a specific purpose, such as to support advocacy or disaster response:
“I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Habitat for Humanity International [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its charitable purposes, including but not limited to ___________ use and purpose.”
If you wish to make a contingency gift so that Habitat for Humanity will receive a portion of your estate if your named beneficiary does not survive you:
“If any of the beneficiaries named in this will should die before becoming entitled to receive their distributive share of my estate, I direct my trustee to pay or transfer the share to which such beneficiary would otherwise be entitled to Habitat for Humanity International for its unrestricted use and purpose.”