MDA For Strength Independence & Life

Ways to Get Involved

Together with our generous supporters, MDA is fighting to free kids and adults from the harm of muscle-debilitating diseases so they can live longer and grow stronger. We need caring individuals like you to help us bring more treatments, the best care and life-changing support to families today.

Sample Bequest Language

  • Unrestricted Gift: A gift that can be used where need is greatest
    I give to Muscular Dystrophy Association, a non-profit 501(c)(3) Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, IL the sum of $_______* for its general purposes.
  • Gift for a Specific Purpose: A gift that is to be used for a specific purpose
    I give to Muscular Dystrophy Association, a non-profit 501(c)(3) Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, IL the sum of $_______* to be used for [state purpose].
  • Residuary Bequest: Leaves any remainder after all other bequests have been paid
    All the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, I give to Muscular Dystrophy Association, a non-profit 501(c)(3) Corporation, headquartered inChicago, IL for its general purposes.
  • Contingency Gift: Takes effect only if a primary intention can’t be met.
    If (name of beneficiary) does not survive me, or shall die during the administration of my estate, or as a result of a common disaster, then I give to Muscular Dystrophy Association, a non-profit 501(c)(3) Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, IL all of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, to be used for its benefit.
  • Safety Language: Language added whenever a gift is restricted
    In the event the purposes of the restriction, in the opinion of the Board of Directors of MDA can no longer be served, the Board may devote any remaining assets exclusively for charitable purposes that: (a) are within the scope of the charitable purposes of charity (b) most nearly approximate the original purpose of the gift; and (c) benefits charity.


* Rather than leaving a sum certain, you can include language that refers to a percentage of your estate or a description of the property you wish to give.

Please contact us so that we can assist you through every step of the process.

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