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How Bequests Work

Anyone can make a bequest to Boston College through their will or trust. You may support areas important to you at the University or provide an unrestricted gift that will be applied to BC’s most urgent needs.

Bequests may be given as:

  • A percentage of an estate
  • A specific dollar amount
  • A gift of personal property (e.g., real estate or artwork)

Even if you have an existing will, you can add an amendment, or codicil, at any time. Since a codicil doesn’t replace the original will, it can be an inexpensive and simple way to make a bequest to BC.

If you don’t have a will, we encourage you to consider writing one that clearly states your intentions and provides security for your family and other loved ones. Many choose to create this important document after a life event, such as a marriage, the birth of a child, or the purchase of a home—but anytime is the right time to take this step.


View sample bequest language


To discuss your giving options in confidence, please contact the Office of Gift Planning at 877-304-SHAW or

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