How to Make a Bequest

Bequests are one of the easiest and most significant ways you can enrich the lives of students at the University of Houston. A will should be a final message reflecting your personal life values; a way of leaving a lasting legacy by which others may remember you. Bequests can be made by preparing a new will or adding a codicil to your present will with the advice of your attorney or advisor.

Sample Language for Charitable Bequests
"I give, devise, and bequeath to the University of Houston, located at 4800 Calhoun, Houston TX 77204 (federal tax ID no. 74-6001399)

  • (Cash Bequest) the sum of ________ dollars ($_______).
  • (Stock Bequest) _______ shares of stock of _______________ Corporation.
  • (Percentage of Estate) ______percent (____%) of my estate.
  • (Residuary Bequest) the remainder of my estate.

I request this bequest be used by the University (or the School of _____________ or its successor) for the following purpose: _________________________________.

Endowed Bequest: This bequest requires the University of Houston to hold the funds permanently and use only the investment income they generate. (Min. $25,000)

If you wish to restrict your bequest to a specific program or function, contact the Office of Gift Planning to determine wording that will ensure its use according to your intentions. Charitable bequests are fully deductible for estate tax purposes.

The In Tempore Legacy Society honors our alumni and friends who affirm their commitment to University of Houston System through a planned gift. For more information about membership in The In Tempore Legacy Society, assistance in making a planned gift to benefit UH or questions on named endowments, please call or email Office of Gift Planning at 713-743-8680 or email