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FAQs About Planned Giving

Why do I need a will?

A will ensures you are in control of your assets, and outlines how they are to be distributed to the people and causes you care about. Your loved ones won’t need to make difficult decisions about the distribution of your estate.

Do I need professional advice to make a will?

By using the services of a practicing legal advisor or trust company, you will ensure your Will is legally correct and your wishes will be followed accurately.

Should I leave a percentage or a set amount?

All bequests, whether large or small, are greatly appreciated. If you leave a percentage of your estate, this will ensure that the value of your gift will not be affected by inflation. If you choose to leave a set amount of your estate, you can specify the exact sum you wish to donate to us.

I'd like my bequest to be used for specific projects. Can I do this?

Most donors leave their gifts to ANERA without restriction. This allows ANERA to use these funds to help us fulfill our mission as appropriate at the time funds are bequeathed. Nevertheless, ANERA honors a donor's intent set forth in estate planning documents for the use of a gift. Bequest provisions designated for a specific program or activity may require additional, specific language depending on the program or activity. It may be advisable to contact ANERA during the drafting of estate planning documents for assistance to ensure that your wishes are properly understood.

Who can I contact if I have a question about planned giving?

Skylar Lawrence
Director of Donor Development
slawrence@anera.org or (202) 266-9729