The lasting impact of bequests—both large and small—has helped shape Harvard today. For many alumni and friends of Harvard, a charitable bequest is the easiest and best way to make a gift to the University. By means of your will or other estate plan, you can name Harvard as the beneficiary of a portion of your estate, or of particular assets in your estate. Many of the most powerful gifts with an enduring impact have been bequests, including the University's first, from John Harvard in 1638.
There are many reasons to make a bequest. A bequest allows you to honor a loved one, while providing critical support to the University through a president's fund, or another fund underwriting research and teaching.
Giving by bequest costs nothing now, yet it may give you a great deal of satisfaction to know that your future gift will live on.