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Charitable Bequests

A bequest through a Will or trust is the simplest way to provide future support for Teachers College. A Will can be made at any age, and by anyone who wishes to support the programs at Teachers College. By including Teachers College in your will, you affirm the importance of sustaining an enduring legacy for future generations of TC students.

HOW YOUR BEQUEST CAN BENEFIT TEACHERS COLLEGE
  • General support
  • General Scholarship
  • Provide scholarship support for a student in a particular field or area of study
  • Support for a professorship
  • Support a specific program
  • Naming a room or other physical plant improvements
HOW DO I INCLUDE A BEQUEST TO TC IN MY WILL?

Here are samples of bequest legal language for your consideration to help in drafting your will. Please note
that in all cases, the legal name of the College is "Teachers College Columbia University, a New York educational corporation in the City of New York." We recommend that these forms be used with the advice of an attorney.

General Bequests

The general bequest directs that a specific dollar amount, or a percentage of the total value of the estate be paid to Teachers College.

"I give and bequeath to Teachers College, a New York educational corporation in the City of New York,
EIN 13-1624202., the sum of $_________dollars OR_________% of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, to be used for its ( general purposes OR for general scholarship support OR for any of the suggested designations)."


Bequest for Named Endowed Funds

In addition to a current use bequest gift, what better way to leave a legacy to Teachers College than to create a named, endowed fund through your will?

If you have already created a named, endowed fund at the College during your lifetime, you may direct that your bequest gift from your estate be added to this Fund.

"I give and bequeath to Teachers College, a New York educational corporation in the City of New York,
EIN 13-1624202, the sum of $_________ dollars OR _________% of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate. This gift shall be used to establish OR supplement the _________ Fund. New income from the Fund (subject to application of the College's spending rule policy) shall be used to provide for its (general purposes OR for general scholarship support OR for any of the suggested designations)."


As a hedge against inflation and in order to ensure that your bequest gift can meet future minimum levels, another option is to bequeath "an amount equal to the minimum required to establish a named, endowed fund at the time of my death" in lieu of a specific dollar amount.