Planned Giving 

Welcome! We are pleased that you have an interest in learning about the many benefits of gift plans. If you have any questions about the best way for you to benefit through a planned gift to Open Door Mission, please call Kate Munzinger, Director of Development at
(585) 645-0704.  

Please find some frequently asked questions below.

One way for you to support Open Door Mission is to leave us a bequest. A bequest is a gift made to charity in your will or trust. One significant benefit of making a gift by bequest is that it allows you to continue to use the property you will leave to charity during your life. Another benefit is that by making a bequest you are able to leave a lasting legacy.

1. There are a number of ways you can make a bequest to Open Door Mission. You can leave what is called a specific bequest. A specific bequest involves making a gift of a specific asset such as real estate, a car, other property or a gift for a specific dollar amount. For example, you may wish to leave your home or $10,000 to Open Door Mission. Another kind of specific bequest involves leaving a specific percentage of your overall estate to charity. For example, you may wish to leave 5% of your estate to Open Door Mission.

2. Another kind of bequest is called a residual bequest. A residual bequest is a bequest that is made from the balance of an estate after the will or trust has given away each of the specific bequests. A common residual bequest involves leaving of a percentage of the residue of the estate to charity. For example, you may wish to leave 25% of the residue of your estate to Open Door Mission.

All bequests are exempt from federal estate taxes! If you have a taxable estate, the estate tax charitable deduction may offset or eliminate estate taxes resulting in a larger inheritance for your heirs.

In order to make a bequest, you should speak with your attorney. Your attorney can help you include a bequest to Open Door Mission in your estate plan. We have provided some basic bequest language to assist you and your attorney.

If you are considering making an outright bequest to Open Door Mission, we recommend the following language:

I hereby, give, devise and bequeath $DOLLARS to Open Door Mission, Inc. located at 156 North Plymouth,  Rochester, NY, 14608, Federal Tax ID #16-6050714, for Open Door Mission Inc.'s general use and purpose. 

I hereby, give, devise and bequeath DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY to Open Door Mission, Inc. located at 156 North Plymouth, Rochester, NY, 14608, Federal Tax ID #16-6050714, for Open Door Mission Inc.'s general use and purpose. 

I hereby give, devise and bequeath all of the right, title and interest in and to the real estate located at ADDRESS OR DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY to Open Door Mission, Inc. located at 156 North Plymouth, Rochester, NY, 14608, Federal Tax ID #16-6050714, for Open Door Mission Inc.'s general use and purpose. 

I hereby, give, devise and bequeath PERCENTAGE OF YOUR ESTATE to Open Door Mission, Inc. located at 156 North Plymouth, Rochester, NY, 14608, Federal Tax ID #16-6050714, for Open Door Mission Inc.'s general use and purpose. 

If you are considering a bequest but would like to ensure that your bequest will be used only for a specific purpose, please let us know. We would be happy to work with you and your attorney to help you identify ways to give that will ensure your charitable objectives can be met. We will also work with you and your attorney to craft language to accomplish your objectives. 

If you are making a restricted bequest, we recommend that your attorney include the following provision to give Open Door Mission flexibility should it no longer be possible for us to use your gift as you originally intended:

If, in the judgment of the Board of Directors of Open Door Mission, Inc., it shall become impossible for Open Door Mission, Inc. to use this bequest to accomplish the specific purposes of this bequest, Open Door Mission, Inc. may use the income and principal of this gift for such purpose or purposes as the Board determines is most closely related to the restricted purpose of my bequest.