Bequests

The Enduring Gift that Costs Nothing Today

"I have a deep connection with the university, so putting Johns Hopkins in my will was natural for me. It's tantamount to saying, 'Hopkins, you're a member of my family.'"
—Paula E. Boggs Esq., A&S '81

Like Paula Boggs, many generous donors have made bequests to secure the future of Johns Hopkins. A bequest can be accomplished in many ways, including through a will, codicil, or revocable trust, or by naming Johns Hopkins as the beneficiary of a retirement plan or insurance policy. Bequests can be made with assets such as cash, publicly traded securities, and real estate and can benefit any area of Johns Hopkins. And your commitment will be included in Rising to Challenge: The Campaign for Johns Hopkins.

Types of Bequests

  1. Bequest from Your Will or Trust: Give to Johns Hopkins without affecting your cashflow during your lifetime. (Sample Bequest Language)
  2. Bequest from your Retirement Plan: The balance of your retirement plan may be worth more when donated to Johns Hopkins than to your heirs.
  3. Life Insurance: Avoid potential estate taxes and make a significant gift.