Charitable Bequests

What is a charitable bequest?

A charitable bequest is a gift (of money or assets) left to a charity in a will or trust. Charitable bequests are a common and meaningful way for individuals and families to support the causes they love beyond their own lives.


What are the benefits of charitable bequests?

 They make an impact far into the future. Bequests provide the opportunity for supporters of churches and faith-based ministries to continue investing in God’s kingdom work on earth even after they are no longer living.

They bring sustainability and security to ministries. Bequests help secure the future of ministries by allowing them to plan ahead and budget for years to come.

They can be powerful tools for reducing estate taxes. Estates worth over a certain amount are subject to federal tax. Charitable bequests can serve as deductions from  the value of the estate.

They are an investment in a family legacy of generosity. Bequests to charities serve as a proclamation of a family’s priorities and are an opportunity to encourage a generational legacy of giving.


What type of gifts can be left as charitable bequests?

Charitable bequests can be gifts of cash or assets. Assets that can be gifted as bequests include homes, land, commercial property, stocks, and more. 

If you have a passion for an organization in your life, [you can include them in your legacy, no matter the size of the gift].” 

~ Don Eskes, Fresno Mission Director of Strategic Initiatives 


Who can receive charitable bequests?

To be the recipient of a charitable bequest, an organization must be a 501c3 tax-exempt organization. This includes most nonprofits and churches, including all the ministries partnered with the Ten Talents Foundation.


How can I make a charitable bequest?

If you already have a will or trust in place, you can talk to your attorney today about adding a bequest to your existing will or trust. Bequests are relatively easy to set up, and can be revoked at any time if you change your mind. If you have a tax advisor and/or financial planner, you may want to also consult with them before making the decision.


What if I don’t have a will or trust?

The Ten Talents Foundation, a local Christian foundation, can connect you to a trusted estate planning attorney who can walk through this process with you. Attorneys provide wisdom and insight to help you plan for the future and create a bequest that fits well with your estate situation. Contact Ten Talents Foundation at (559) 387-5534 or to learn more.

If you have a simplistic (non-complex) estate, a more affordable alternative to an estate planning attorney may be FreeWill, a national organization that hosts a free online will-making platform. If this sounds like it may be a good fit for you, you can find out more at


Who should have a will or trust in place?

You are never too young to have a will or trust. Estate planning is especially essentially for anyone who is married, has children, and/or owns property of any kind. 


Why should I have a will or trust?

Control and Clarity: A will or trust allows you to decide how your assets will be distributed and ensures your wishes are clearly communicated, preventing potential disputes and confusion among your family. 

Protection for Loved Ones: With a will or trust, you can provide for your loved ones, ensuring their financial security and proper care.

Avoiding Probate: Having a will or trust in place can help your beneficiaries avoid the costly, often lengthy process of probate (the process by which an individual’s assets are validated by the courts and distributed), giving you peace of mind and securing your legacy for future generations.

Note: If you are a resident of California, your attorney has or will likely advise you to set up a Revocable Living Trust (RLT) in place of a traditional will. The RLT is designed to help families avoid probate amidst  California’s complex estate laws.

Learn more about bequests, wills, or trusts.

To learn more about wills, trusts, and charitable bequests, contact the Ten Talents Foundation at (559) 387-5534 or You can also connect with us today by clicking the button below!