Leave A Legacy

Your will or trust document provides a clear and specific understanding as to how you want to transfer your assets to the people you love—and to those charitable organizations that you have supported during your lifetime.

You can make a bequest in your will or living trust as your ultimate charitable gift to support NAMI’s education, advocacy, and public awareness programs.

If you have named NAMI in your will, please email Emily Tracy or call 703-519-7992 and give us an opportunity to welcome you to the NAMI Iris Circle, a select group of NAMI supporters who are committed to ensuring NAMI’s ability to serve generations to come.

You may also contact Emily Tracy for information about other planning giving options.

For your convenience we have provided sample language to share with your attorney to include NAMI in your will.

Sample Language

Once you have determined that you would like to make a bequest to NAMI, the following sample charitable bequest language may be used in your will or revocable living trust:

An Unrestricted Bequest:

“I give, devise and bequeath to NAMI (federal tax ID number 43-1201653), located at 3803 N. Fairfax Dr., Ste. 100 Arlington, VA 22203, the sum of $_____ or ____% or real or personal property herein described, to be used for the general purpose of the organization, at the discretion of its Board of Directors.”

A Restricted Bequest (to support a particular program or area of interest to you. Please inform NAMI if you would like to restrict your bequest to ensure that we are able to honor your wishes.):

“I give, devise and bequeath to NAMI (federal tax ID number 43-1201653), located at 3803 N. Fairfax Dr., Ste. 100 Arlington, VA 22203, the sum of $_____ or ____% or real or personal property herein described, to be used for the purpose of _____________.”

A Residuary Bequest (which leaves any remaining assets from your estate after all other obligations have been met):

“I give, devise and bequeath to NAMI (federal tax ID number 43-1201653), located at 3803 N. Fairfax Dr., Ste. 100 Arlington, VA 22203, all the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, of every kind of description, wherever situated and whether now owned or hereafter acquired, including any property with respect to which I may have power of appointment.”

NAMI can also help you find an estate planning attorney in your area. Please email our HelpLine or call us toll free at 1-888-999-NAMI (6264).

Charitable Gift Annuity

Through a charitable gift annuity, you may make a gift of $50,000 or more to NAMI, receive a charitable income tax deduction and an income for life for you and/or another person. This option is available to annuitants who are 65 years or older and when there are no more than two beneficiaries on the annuity. NAMI follows the suggested rates set forth by the American Council on Gift Annuities.

Charitable Remainder Trust

The charitable remainder trust is a separately managed and highly personalized life income option. This vehicle provides for payments to the beneficiaries either for life or a term of years (not exceeding 20). At death, or at the end of the term, the remaining trust assets (the remainder interest) are distributed to NAMI. In creating the trust, you are able to appoint the trustee, designate the beneficiary and select the term of the trust. The rate may not be less than 5%, however, as the payout rate increases, the charitable income tax deduction to donor decreases. The amount of the tax deduction is also affected by the number of beneficiaries and their ages.