A bequest may be right for you if:

  • You would like to make a gift to Bryn Mawr
  • You want continued access to your gift assets during your lifetime
  • A current tax deduction for your gift is not important to you


Catherine Hanney ’56, a widow, has been a loyal supporter of Bryn Mawr for many years. Catherine is in good health now, but does not want to be a financial burden to her children should she require expensive health care in the future.

Bryn Mawr is one of two charities to which she and her husband has been most dedicated. She would like to have a lasting gift to each of them. After discussing her options with her estate-planning advisor, she decides to create a residuary bequest in her Will for each of her two favorite charities. Each charity will receive 50% of the remainder of her estate after all other obligations, such as bequests to her children and grandchildren and taxes, have been taken care of.


  1. Catherine’s assets will remain available to her should she need them.
  2. The revocable nature of her gift will minimize the possibility that she will ever need financial help from her children.
  3. If her estate is worth what she expects when it is settled, she will be able to provide generous legacy gifts to the two charities that have meant the most to her and her late husband.



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Remembering Bryn Mawr College in your Will is a wonderful way for you to make a lasting gift. Large or small, your bequest will have an impact at the college and for future generation. 

Ways you can define a charitable gift in your estate plan

  • A gift of a particular amount of money.  For example, you give $25,000.
  • A gift of a specific item or items.  For example, you give 1,000 shares of ABC Corporation.
  • A gift that will be made from the remainder of your estate once all other bequests, debts, and taxes have been paid.  For example, you give 25% of the remainder of your estate. Often called a "residuary bequest," this approach assures that your family will be taken care of before your estate makes a bequest to us.  

Ways to specify how we may use your bequest

  • An unrestricted bequest – This is a gift for our general purposes.  This can be the most useful kind of gift because it allows us to put your gift to the best possible use at the time we receive it.
  • A restricted bequest – This is a gift for a specific use, such as a special project or program that is important to you.  It is best for you to consult with us before placing restrictions your bequest to be sure we can carry out your wishes.

Make sure we can carry out your wishes
It is very important that your bequest be accurately and clearly described in your estate plan so that we can carry out your wishes as you intended. We are pleased to consult with you regarding the terms of your bequest to make sure that we will be able to carry out your intentions. In order to avoid any possible question that your bequest is to Bryn Mawr College, be sure to include our full legal name in your bequest.

Legal name: Bryn Mawr College
We are happy to provide you with sample bequest language to assist you and your attorney. 

You have complete flexibility to change your bequest at any time.  If circumstances change in a way that makes you want to revise your gift to us, you can.

Tax benefits
Because your bequest is revocable, you do not receive an income-tax deduction when you create it.  Rather, your estate will receive an estate-tax deduction for the full value of your bequest in the year it is made.  Depending on a variety of factors, including the size of your estate and estate tax law at the time your estate is settled, this deduction may or may not save your estate substantial estate taxes.  

Bequest alternatives
In addition to adding bequest language to your will, here are a few other simple ways for you to make a bequest to us:

  • Make Bryn Mawr a designated beneficiary of a retirement plan or life insurance policy
  • Make Bryn Mawr a designated beneficiary of savings bonds
  • Make Bryn Mawr the beneficiary of your donor advised fund
  • Instruct your bank to "pay on death" to Bryn Mawr some or all of a specific bank account
  • Instruct your brokerage firm to "transfer on death" to Bryn Mawr some or all of a specific brokerage account

Please let us know if you have included Bryn Mawr in your estate plans.  We would welcome the opportunity to thank you for your thoughtful gift.