Bequest Form and Useful Language

Preserve the Wonder of Wildlife for Future Generations

Suggested Bequest Language

You may include a bequest to support Lincoln Park Zoo when preparing your will or by adding a codicil to your present will. Bequests may be of cash, securities, real estate or other property. Bequests of all sizes are welcome, whether they are outright, contingent or residual.

Your request should be directed to The Lincoln Park Zoological Society. The following language may be useful to your attorney:

Specific Bequest – “I give The Lincoln Park Zoological Society, Chicago, Illinois, 60614, the sum of $__________ to be used for the general support of Lincoln Park Zoo.”

Residual Bequest – “I give The Lincoln Park Zoological Society, Chicago, Illinois, 60614, _______ percent of the residue of my estate to be used for the general support of Lincoln Park Zoo.”

Contingent Bequest – “In the event that ______________________ predeceases me, I give The Lincoln Park Zoological Society, Chicago, Illinois, 60614, the sum of $___________(or, alternatively, __________ percent of the residue of my estate) to be used for the general support of Lincoln Park Zoo.”

If your are considering designating how your bequest will be used by the zoo or establishing an endowed fund through your estate plans, please contact (or have your professional advisor contact) Marilyn Schaffer, Director of Planned Giving, at 312-742-2167 or mschaffer@lpzoo.org.

Please note: This information is not intended to be legal or tax advice. We recommend that you consult with a qualified estate planning attorney when drafting your will.

Heritage Society Membership Form

This membership form notifies us of your interest in donating to the Lincoln Park Zoological Society. It is not a binding contract.

Heritage Society Membership Form