Sample Language for Your Will or Trust - PETA

Sample Language for Your Will or Trust

The following language may help you and your attorney as you consider a gift that will meet your financial, family, and personal goals.

Percentage Gift

If you’re considering making a gift of a percentage of your estate to PETA, we recommend using the following language:

I, [NAME], of [CITY, STATE ZIP], hereby give, devise, and bequeath to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Inc., federal tax identification number 52-1218336, with the permanent address of P.O. Box 42516, Washington, DC 20015, _____percent (____%) of my total estate, determined as of the date of my death for its unrestricted use and purpose.

Residual Gift

If you’re considering making a residual gift to PETA, we recommend using the following language:

I hereby give, devise, and bequeath to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Inc., federal tax identification number 52-1218336, with the permanent address of P.O. Box 42516, Washington, DC 20015, [ALL OR A PERCENTAGE] of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate to be used for its general use and purpose.

Specific Gift

If you are considering making an outright gift to PETA, we recommend the following language:
Gift of a Specific Dollar Amount
I, [NAME], of [CITY, STATE ZIP], hereby give, devise, and bequeath to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Inc., federal tax identification number 52-1218336, with the permanent address of P.O. Box 42516, Washington, DC 20015, the sum of $_______ for its unrestricted use and purpose.
Gift of Specific Personal Property
I, [NAME], of [CITY, STATE ZIP], hereby give, devise, and bequeath to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Inc., federal tax identification number 52-1218336, with the permanent address of P.O. Box 42516, Washington, DC 20015, [DESCRIBE THE REAL OR PERSONAL PROPERTY] for its unrestricted use and purpose.
Gift of Specific Real Estate
I, [NAME], of [CITY, STATE ZIP], hereby give, devise, and bequeath to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Inc., federal tax identification number 52-1218336, with the permanent address of P.O. Box 42516, Washington, DC 20015, [ADDRESS OR DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY] for its unrestricted use and purpose.

Contingent Gift

If you’re considering making a contingent gift to PETA, we recommend using the following language:

If [PRIMARY BENEFICIARY] does not survive me, then I hereby give, devise, and bequeath to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Inc., federal tax identification number 52-1218336, with the permanent address of P.O. Box 42516, Washington, DC 20015, [DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY] to be used for its general use and purpose.

Restricted Gift

If you’re considering a bequest but would like to ensure that it will be used for a specific purpose, please let us know:

We’d be happy to work with you and your attorney to help you identify ways to give and meet your charitable objectives. We’d also work with you and your attorney to craft language to accomplish your goals.

  • PETA’s full legal name: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Inc.
  • PETA’s permanent mailing address: P.O. Box 42516, Washington, DC 20015
  • PETA’s federal tax identification number: 52-1218336

PETA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. PETA’s date of incorporation is August 21, 1980.

For More Information

Before deciding about your estate plan, consult an estate-planning attorney. To learn more about how your gift will be put to use, please contact Tim Enstice, the PETA Foundation’s vice president of planned giving, at 757-962-8213 or Legacy@peta.org.

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Tim Enstice
Vice President of Legacy Gifts, PETA Foundation
501 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510
757-962-8213