Bequests and Estate Plan Gifts

Your Gift Changes LivesOver the years, Children’s Health Council has benefited from the kindness of many thoughtful people—donors, board members, volunteers, and parents—who wished to provide for CHC through their estates. Their bequests were continuations of the generosity they shared with us during their lifetimes.

You may choose to make a gift of cash, securities, real estate, or other assets to CHC through a bequest in your will or living trust. This can be accomplished by adding a codicil to your current will or by making an amendment to your living trust. Your gift may be a specific bequest of a designated sum or asset, or it may be a percentage of your residuary estate.

Possible advantages of a bequest include:

  • You will become a member of the Clark Legacy Circle.
  • Outright gifts from your estate are entirely free from federal estate taxes.
  • Bequests generally are not subject to state inheritance or estate taxes.
  • Option to create a separate fund named for yourself or in the name of someone you wish to honor. Named funds remain visible at CHC through the people and activities they support. This visibility also encourages others to give.
  • You will memorialize a lifetime commitment to CHC.

Visit our Sample Bequest information page for assistance in drafting language.

We are happy to work with you and your tax and legal advisors to structure the type of planned gift that best fits your financial and philanthropic goals. For more information, please contact Neil C. Muller, Associate Director of Advancement, at 650.688.3667 or

“It is amazing that Children’s Health Council has now been doing meaningful work in our community for more than 50 years. Having both served on the CHC board, we got to see the dedication that makes CHC such an effective organization. Twenty years ago, when we realized we were in a position to do so, we decided to give back, in a more permanent way, by including Children’s Health Council in our wills. We believe that all endowment gifts strengthen CHC and help ensure that the organization continues to provide essential services to children and families now and in the future.” – Maddy and Isaac Stein