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Bequest Language

One of the easiest and most frequently used methods to make a planned gift to Claremont Graduate University is through a bequest. A simple statement in your will or living trust is all it takes. For example:

Specific bequest
With a specific bequest, you may stipulate that a certain percentage of your estate, a certain dollar amount, or particular assets be given to CGU. Examples of such language may include:

  • "I give to the School of ________ at Claremont Graduate University, a nonprofit corporation located in Claremont, CA, the sum of $_________ .

  • "I give to the School of ________ at Claremont Graduate University, a nonprofit corporation located in Claremont, CA, _______ % of my estate.

  • "I give to the School of ________ at Claremont Graduate University, a nonprofit corporation located in Claremont, CA, the following described property: [describe property].

Residuary bequest
With a residuary bequest, you may state that all, or a portion, of the estate be given to CGU after specific gifts are distributed to other beneficiaries. Examples of such language may include:

  • "I give to the School of_________ at Claremont Graduate University, a nonprofit corporation located in Claremont, CA, all of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate,
  • for the university's general endowment fund.
  • for a fellowship.
  • however the university chooses to use this bequest."

  • "I give to the School of _________ at Claremont Graduate University, a nonprofit corporation located in Claremont, CA, _______% of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate,

  • for the university's general endowment fund.
  • for a fellowship.
  • however the university chooses to use this bequest."

Unrestricted bequest
An unrestricted bequest-the last example-is of special value due to the flexibility it provides the university. Should you have a special interest at the university or would like to give to a particular school, please discuss your bequest intention with Claremont Graduate University to ensure your objectives can be met. You can reach us at (909) 621-8027 or plannedgiving@cgu.edu.


Bequest Intention Form
Ready to make your bequest? Let us know of your Bequest Intention today.

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Please let us know if you have included Claremont Graduate University in any of your planning so we can properly record your gift intention and welcome you as a new member of the Blaisdell Society.