A Living Legacy
Bequests to Benefit Dolphin Scholarship Foundation

When it's time to begin planning your estate, you think about the people and organizations that have played a role in your life. You have generously supported Dolphin Scholarship Foundation during your lifetime because you believe in our mission to provide undergraduate and vocational financial assistance for eligible members of the Submarine Force and their dependents. You understand DSF will continue to make a positive difference far into the future.

Did you know that over half of all adult Americans do not have a will? With your will, you can receive the gratification of knowing that your generosity can create a living legacy. By planning now, you can help ensure that generations of submarine families will continue to receive educational assistance from our submarine family through the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation.

How can you provide for our future support? The answer is simple: by including a charitable bequest in your will or estate planning.

A bequest is easy to arrange:

  • It is not payable until death, so it does not affect your assets or cash flow during your lifetime.
  • It is private – your will is not filed or made public until your death.
  • It is revocable – you can change the provisions in your will or trust at any time until death.

A bequest can deliver either a specific gift to DSF, such as "I bequeath the sum of Ten Thousand ($10,000) Dollars." or a percentage of the balance remaining in your estate after taxes, expenses, and other bequests have been paid - what's known as the residue of your estate, such as "I bequeath ten percent of the residue of my estate." Giving a percentage of the residue can allow for more flexibility in your long-term planning.

A charitable bequest or trust distribution is deductible for federal estate tax purposes, and there is no limit on the deduction your estate can claim. In addition, the gift is usually exempt from state inheritance taxes.

You can amend your current will or trust to make a gift to the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation. Your attorney can prepare the simple document, called a codicil, that adds a new bequest to DSF while reaffirming the other terms of your will. Similarly, your attorney can prepare an amendment to your revocable trust to add Dolphin Scholarship Foundation as a beneficiary.

To discuss your “living legacy” for Dolphin Scholarship Foundation, please contact your attorney or financial advisor. For more information, please contact the Executive Director at (757) 671-3200 Option 4 or email execdirector@dolphinscholarship.org.