According to Islamic guidelines, you may donate up to 30% of your estate to charity in this way.

How It Works
  • Include a gift to Islamic Relief USA in your will or trust. (Here is sample language for your will.)
  • Make your bequest unrestricted or direct it to a specific purpose.
  • Indicate a specific amount or a percentage of the balance remaining in your estate or trust.


  • Your assets remain in your control during your lifetime.
  • You can modify your gift to address changing circumstances.
  • You can direct your gift to a particular purpose (be sure to check with us to make sure your gift can be used as intended).
  • Under current tax law, there is no upper limit on the estate tax deduction for your charitable bequests.

Sample Gift Language for your Will or Trust

A gift to Islamic Relief USA in your will or revocable trust proclaims your confidence that we will continue to serve our mission and make a difference in the lives of future generations. A bequest:

  • is easy to arrange.
  • will not alter your current lifestyle in any way.
  • can be easily modified to address your changing needs.

Residual Gift Language
A residual bequest comes to us after your estate expenses and specific bequests are paid:

I give, bequeath and devise all (or ____ percent) of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate to Islamic Relief USA, a corporation of the State of Virginia, located in Alexandria, Virginia, for the general and educational purposes of said Corporation.

Specific Gift Language
Naming Islamic Relief USA as a beneficiary of a specific amount from your estate is easy:

I give, bequeath, and devise to Islamic Relief USA, a corporation of the State of Virginia, located in Alexandria, Virginia, the sum of $_______ , (or ____ percent of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate) to be used to support ___________________ (name of program or academic area.) In the event the need to support _____________ no longer exists, Islamic Relief USA shall be and hereby are authorized to use this bequest for a purpose in keeping with the spirit of this gift in the best interest of the humanitarian relief.

Contingent Gift Language
Islamic Relief USA can be named as a contingent beneficiary in your will or personal trust if one or more of your specific bequests cannot be fulfilled:

If (insert name) is not living at the time of my demise, I give and devise to Islamic Relief USA (Tax ID #95-4453134), located in Alexandria, VA, the sum of $ _______ (or all or a percentage of the residue of my estate) to be used for its general support (or for the support of a specific fund or program).

Retirement Plan Beneficiary Language

You may name Islamic Relief USA (Tax ID #95-4453134) as a beneficiary of your IRA or other qualified retirement benefits. Donors should consult with their tax advisor regarding the tax benefits of such gifts.

Naming Islamic Relief USA as the beneficiary of a qualified retirement plan asset such as a 401(k), 403(b), IRA, Keogh or profit-sharing pension plan will accomplish a charitable goal while realizing significant tax savings. It can be costly to pass such assets on to heirs because of heavy tax consequences. By naming Islamic Relief USA as a beneficiary of a retirement plan, the donor maintains complete control over the asset while living, but at the donor’s death the plan passes to support Islamic Relief USA free of both estate and income taxes.

Making a charitable gift from your retirement plan is easy and should not cost you any attorney fees. Simply request a change of beneficiary form from your plan administrator. When you are done, please return the form to your plan administrator and notify Islamic Relief USA. We can also assist you with the proper language for your beneficiary designation to Islamic Relief USA.

Customized Language

If you or your attorney would like Islamic Relief USA to provide you with customized beneficiary language that is specific to your goal and interest, please contact us.

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