Estate Planning and Planned Giving

What Are Bequests?

Bequests are the expressions of a donor’s generosity that allow the donor to leave a legacy that extends beyond their lifetime. Bequests can take several forms such as:

  • Specific bequest – a certain amount of cash, securities, or property.
  • General bequest – property that is similar to all other items distributed, usually cash.
  • Percentage bequest – a stated percentage of the donor’s estate.
  • Residual bequest – all or a portion of what remains of the estate after specific and general bequests are distributed.

If you would like to make a gift by will,

  1. You include a bequest provision in your will or revocable trust i.e.“I hereby give Hesston College the sum of $________________ [amount]AND / ORThe following described property: ________________ [description]AND / OR

    ____% [percent] of the residue of my estate to be used for ________________ [stated purpose] of Hesston College.”

    *a donor may remove any section of this verbiage as they like.

  2. Upon your death, the Hesston College will receive the bequest you specified


  • You may change your bequest or trust designation at any time
  • You control the funding property during your lifetime
  • Your bequest or trust designation will not be subject to any potential federal estate tax
  • You provide future support for Hesston College
If you would like to discuss how to leave a gift to Hesston College or to identify options that will best serve your purposes, please contact Vice President of Advancement Rachel Swartzendruber Miller or Everence representative Mitch Stutzman at or 316-283-3800 ext. 4759.