Bequest Language for Donors

The following is intended to help you and your attorney in drafting a bequest that satisfies your individual interests.  As you consult your attorney on the selection of appropriate wording to reflect your own goals and intentions regarding Cooper Union, be sure the organization’s correct legal name appears in all final documents as:

 

“The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, a NY nonprofit corporation, or its successor, Federal Tax Identification Number: 13-5562985.”

 

A Residuary Bequest, after other bequests and expenses have been paid, may be worded:

 

“I give to The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, a NY nonprofit corporation, or its successor, Federal Tax Identification Number 13-5562985, all [or a portion] of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate.”

 

General Bequest of a stated sum of money may be worded:

 

“I give to The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, a NY nonprofit corporation, or its successor, Federal Tax Identification Number 13-5562985 [insert here the exact dollar amount].”

 

Specific Bequest of a certain asset from your estate may be worded:

 

“I give to The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, a NY nonprofit corporation, or its successor, Federal Tax Identification Number 13-5562985, [insert here a description of the particular property].”

 

Contingent Bequest if the Testator is not survived by certain individuals:

 

“If [name/s of primary beneficiary/ies] do/es not survive me, or shall die within ninety (90) days from the date of my death, or as a result of a common disaster, then I give to The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, a NY nonprofit corporation, or its successor, Federal Tax Identification Number 13-5562985,  [insert here the exact dollar amount, description of property, or percentage of residual estate].”