Ways to Give

Bequests

The Shenandoah National Park Trust was established thanks to two generous bequests by donors who wished to support the park through their estates. You, too, can help ensure the beauty and health of Shenandoah National Park for years to come through a gift to the Shenandoah National Park Trust in your will or trust. If you already have a will or trust, you can ask your attorney or financial adviser about drafting a codicil. A codicil is a simple one-page document that updates a specific provision in your will or trust without having to update the entire document. Please send us a copy for our records of the codicil or the page from your will or trust that mentions your bequest. Having knowledge of bequests to the Trust helps us in our long-term planning. (Plus, we would like to thank you!)

Property including cash, securities, jewelry, artwork and real estate can be given through your will or trust.

Your bequest can take various forms:

  • Specific Bequest: the Shenandoah National Park Trust receives a specific amount of cash, stock or real property.
  • Percentage Bequest: the Shenandoah National Park Trust receives a percentage of your estate.
  • Residual Bequest: the Shenandoah National Park Trust receives all or a stated percentage of your estate after distributions of  specific bequests and payments of debts, taxes and expenses.
  • Contingent Bequest: the Shenandoah National Park Trust receives part or all of your estate under certain specified circumstances, such as current beneficiaries of your will predeceasing you.

Please consult with your attorney or financial adviser to determine which alternative is appropriate for you.

Suggested language for your will or trust or for a codicil:

“I give and bequeath to Shenandoah National Park Trust, Inc., Charlottesville, Virginia, federal tax I.D. 20-8685310, [sum of / percentage of / residue of my estate].”

Thank you for supporting Shenandoah National Park Trust.