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Bequests/Planned Gifts

Make your commitment to women and children who are homeless and abused part of your legacy to the world by including House of Ruth in your will.

To help you get started, we invite you to use FreeWill: an online estate planning service that makes it cost-free to create your legal will, and include the necessary language to support House of Ruth with a bequest in your plans. This tool can also be used in tandem with an attorney. Click here to get started.

You should consult an attorney in preparing your will. Sample language that may be helpful follows:

I give and bequeath to House of Ruth, a Washington, DC, non-profit corporation whose federal tax identification number is 52-1054102 and whose address is 5 Thomas Circle, NW, Washington, DC 20005, the sum of $____________ (or ________% of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate) to be used for the general operations of House of Ruth.

In addition, there are several special vehicles for giving, called “planned gifts,” that provide certain tax benefits. For example, you can set up a charitable gift annuity or irrevocable trust to pay you income for life; then, the principal becomes a gift to House of Ruth. You get a current charitable gift deduction based on the value of your future gift.

For more information, please contact Emily Gjovik at or by phone at 202-597-5801.

If you have an IRA, 401k, life insurance policy, or other account, you can name House of Ruth as a beneficiary of these assets to support women and children as they rebuild their lives from abuse and homelessness. Use this free, online resource today to make important plans and receive step-by-step instructions to update your wishes.