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Sample Bequest Language

1. Outright Unrestricted Bequest

"I give, devise and bequeath to The Carnegie Hall Corporation, 881 Seventh Avenue, New York, New York, the sum of _______dollars (or the following described property:___________) for its unrestricted use."

2. Outright Restricted Bequest

"I give, devise and bequeath to The Carnegie Hall Corporation, 881 Seventh Avenue, New York, New York, the sum of ______dollars to be used to create an endowment fund for [PURPOSE OF FUND]. If the Board of Trustees of The Carnegie Hall Corporation in its sole and absolute discretion, determines that circumstances are such that a literal compliance with the terms of this bequest is no longer practicable or appropriate, then The Carnegie Hall Corporation may use this bequest for another purpose that as closely as possible carries out my original intention."

3. Unrestricted Bequest of Residuary Estate

"All (or ___%) of the rest, residue and remainder of the property, both real and personal and wherever situated, which I may own or be entitled to at the time of my death, I give, devise and bequeath to The Carnegie Hall Corporation, 881 Seventh Avenue, New York, for its unrestricted use."

4. Restricted Bequest of Residuary Estate

"All (or___%) of the rest, residue and remainder of the property, both real and personal and wherever situated, which I may own or be entitled to at the time of my death, I give, devise and bequeath to The Carnegie Hall Corporation, 881 Seventh Avenue, New York, New York, to be used to create an endowment fund for [PURPOSE OF FUND]. If the Board of Trustees of The Carnegie Hall Corporation, in its sole and absolute discretion, determines that circumstances are such that a literal compliance with the terms of this bequest is no longer practicable or appropriate, then The Carnegie Hall Corporation may use this bequest for another purpose that as closely as possible carries out my original intention."

5. Bequest to the Carnegie Hall Endowment Fund

"I give, devise and bequeath to The Carnegie Hall Corporation, 881 Seventh Avenue, New York, New York, the sum of ______dollars, to be added to the Carnegie Hall Endowment Fund OR to establish the NAME OF FUND, with the income to be used for its general corporate purposes."

6. Contingent Bequest

"If my husband/wife shall not survive me, then I give, devise and bequeath all (or_____%) of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, to The Carnegie Hall Corporation, 881 Seventh Avenue, New York, New York, for its unrestricted use."

For further information, please contact:

Susan J. Brady
Carnegie Hall
881 Seventh Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10019
Telephone: 212-903-9624
E-mail: sbrady@carnegiehall.org

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