Sample Language for Your Will or Trust

Sample Language for Your Will or Trust

When you update your will, you will need to share this information with your attorney:

Legal name: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Federal tax ID number: 23-7156071
Address: 1100 Fairview Ave. N., Mail Stop J5-200, Seattle, WA 98109

The following language may further help you and your attorney when drawing up a will that meets your needs. If you are updating your will, but not completely rewriting it, see our sample language for amendments (also called codicils) here.


Unrestricted Bequests

Unrestricted bequests are the most valuable to Fred Hutch, as they allow us to apply your gift to the area of greatest need. Examples of types of unrestricted bequests include:

A gift in your will to Fred Hutch helps scientists like Dr. Stanley Riddell find ways to cure cancer faster.

Specific bequest:
“I give to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, a Washington nonprofit corporation located in Seattle, Washington (EIN #23-7156071), or its successor organization, (the sum of $ _________ )(or ______% of my estate), (or other property herein described) to be used for its general support and charitable purposes without restriction.”

Residuary bequest:
“I give to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, a Washington nonprofit corporation located in Seattle, Washington (EIN #23-7156071), or its successor organization, (all or ______ % of) the residue of the property owned by me at death, real and personal and wherever situated, to be used for its general support and charitable purposes without restriction.”

“Greater of” residuary bequest:

“I give to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, a Washington nonprofit corporation located in Seattle, Washington (EIN #23-7156071), or its successor organization, the greater of _____ % of my estate or $_______ to be used for its general support and charitable purposes without restriction.”


Contingent Bequests

It is possible that the primary beneficiary or beneficiaries of your estate may predecease you. In that case, a contingent bequest naming Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center as an alternate beneficiary can provide a meaningful alternative.

“I give [all or ____%] of the residue of the property owned by me at my death, real and personal and wherever situated, to _____________________, if he/she survives me. If he/she does not survive me, I give to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, a Washington nonprofit corporation located in Seattle, Washington (EIN #23-7156071), or its successor organization, [all or_______%] of the residue of the property owned by me at death, real and personal and wherever situated, to be used for its general support and charitable purposes without restriction.”


Restricted Bequests (restricted for a specific use*)

Some donors would like their gift to support a specific project, program or area of research. Restricted bequests are welcome, although it is important they provide for some flexibility to adapt to changing needs and programs.

“I give to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, a Washington nonprofit corporation located in Seattle, Washington (EIN #23-7156071), or its successor organization, the sum of $_________ (or _______% of my estate) (or other property herein described) to be used for (designated purpose*). If at any time it becomes impossible or impractical for my gift to be used for the above designated purpose, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center shall use my gift for a purpose and in a manner that it determines most closely meets the above designated purpose.”

*If you are interested in supporting a specific project, program or area of research, it is best to discuss your plans with our planned giving professionals before completing your will to confirm Fred Hutch can carry out your wishes.

Please note: The policies of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center do not allow Fred Hutch or its representatives to serve as personal representative, executor, trustee or witness for a will or trust.

To turn your passion for curing cancer into a lasting legacy, contact us at 800.279.1618 or at plannedgiving@fredhutch.org for more information about legacy giving.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and contributions made to it are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. The purpose of these web pages is to provide general educational information about charitable gifts, financial considerations and estate planning. They are not intended as legal, accounting or other professional advice. For assistance in planning charitable gifts with tax and other financial implications, the services of appropriate advisers should be obtained. Consult an attorney for advice if your plans require revision of a will or other legal document.

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