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Wills & Charitable Bequests

We hope you'll consider including a gift to Camillus House in your will or living trust. Called a charitable bequest, this type of gift offers these main benefits:

Simplicity. Just a few sentences in your will or trust are all that is needed. Share the sample bequest language for Camillus House with your estate planning attorney:

"I give, devise and bequeath to Camillus House, a non-profit corporation organized under the laws of the State of Florida and located in Miami, Florida, the sum of {dollar amount}/or percentage of {%}/or residue of my estate for the {designated use by Camillus House} for the purpose of {name purpose, if any}."

Upon completion of the will naming Camillus House as a beneficiary, we ask that you send a copy of the relevant pages/sections of the will showing the naming of Camillus House as a beneficiary.

Flexibility. Because you are not actually making a gift until after your lifetime, you may make changes to your will or bequest at any time .

Versatility. You can structure the bequest to leave a specific item or amount of money, make the gift contingent on certain events, or leave a percentage of your estate to us.

Tax Relief. If your estate is subject to estate tax, your gift is entitled to an estate tax charitable deduction for the gift's full value.


Lasting Tributes
Memorial gifts offer special recognition and meaning.


Here's How It Works

• To make a charitable bequest, you need a current will or revocable living trust, leaving part of your estate to family and part to Camillus House.

• Your gift may be a percentage of your estate. Or you may make a specific bequest by allocating a certain amount of cash, securities or property. After your lifetime, Camillus House receives your gift. When planning a future gift, it's sometimes difficult to determine what size donation will make sense. Emergencies happen, and you need to make sure your family is financially taken care of first. Including a bequest of a percentage of your estate ensures that your gift will remain proportionate no matter how your estate's value fluctuates over the years.

If you have any questions about Wills and Bequests, contact Andria Hanley, Vice President of Development and Grants, ahanley@camillus.org.

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Serving the South Florida community since 1960, Camillus House is a non-profit organization that provides humanitarian services to men, women and children who are poor and homeless.