Suggested Bequest Language

A bequest to Detroit Public TV allows a donor to perpetuate support provided during her/his lifetime and/or make a major gift that might not otherwise be possible.

Through a bequest, a donor may leave to Detroit Public TV a specific dollar amount, specific property (real or personal), all or a certain percentage of an estate, or all or a portion of the remainder of an estate after provisions for family members and other beneficiaries have been satisfied. The donor may stipulate whether the bequest is to build our endowment or for a specific purpose. A bequest may also be made in honor or memory of one or more individuals.

In addition to cash and securities, bequests to Detroit Public TV May include real estate, or other property. Donors should contact the station when planning a bequest of property other than cash or publicly traded securities so that any necessary arrangements can be made to ensure her/his wishes are fulfilled. All outright bequests to Detroit Public TV are exempt from federal estate taxes (donors should consult tax advisors and/or attorneys for information specific to their circumstances), and there is no limitation on the size of the gift.

Suggested Forms of Bequests

When making or revising a will, a donor should obtain the assistance of an attorney. Detroit Public TV will be pleased to work with donors and their professional advisors to design an estate plan specifically tailored to their wishes. Donors are encouraged to make their gifts to the DETROIT EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION FOUNDATION (Tax ID: 38-1440200). The following are suggested forms for making various types of bequests:

1. OUTRIGHT BEQUEST IN WILL

  • Specific dollar amount:
    “I bequeath the sum of $ to DETROIT EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION FOUNDATION, WIXOM, MI, 48393, for its general purposes (or for a designated purpose).”
  • Specific property (personal property):
    “I bequeath to DETROIT EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION FOUNDATION, WIXOM, MI, 48393, for its general purposes (or for a designated purpose).”
  • Specific property (real estate):
    “I devise all of my right, title and interest in and to the real property located at to DETROIT EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION FOUNDATION, WIXOM, MI, 48393, for its general purposes (or for a designated purpose).”
  • Percentage of estate:
    “I devise and bequeath percent (%) of my estate to DETROIT EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION FOUNDATION, WIXOM, MI, 48393, for its general purposes (or for a designated purpose).”
  • Share of, or entire residue, of estate:
    “I devise and bequeath (all/or %) of the remainder of my property to DETROIT EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION FOUNDATION , WIXOM , MI , 48393 , for its general purposes (or for a designated purpose).”

2. Conditional bequest in will

Insert the conditional language in one or more of the above provisions. For example:

“If (one or more individuals) does not survive me, I bequeath the sum of $to DETROIT EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION FOUNDATION, WIXOM, MI, 48393, for its general purposes (or for a designated purpose).”

For further information please contact:

Jenna Moritz, Manager, Major Gifts
jmoritz@dptv.org
248-305-3742

Please consult with your professional advisor on how your charitable giving impacts you.

Contacts

Zainab Al Dabbagh, Senior Officer, Major Gifts
zaldabbagh@dptv.org
248-305-3805

Malcolm Bondon, Donor Relations Coordinator
mbondon@dptv.org
248-305-3786

Ryan Laurie, Vice President, Development Operations
rlaurie@dptv.org
248-305-3908

Jenna Moritz, Manager, Major Gifts
jmoritz@dptv.org
248-305-3742

To download the Will or Estate Plan Gift Confirmation Form, click here >

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