Will & Estate Planning

Help Martha’s Table “set the table” for our future! Let your legacy be one of caring for our most vulnerable neighbors by including Martha’s Table in your will or estate plans.

You can make a profound and lasting contribution, making healthy food and quality learning more accessible for generations of Washington residents. Families battling economic hardship count on us to be there for them, whether it’s snowing or hot, on good days and especially on bad days. And we count on you to make that possible.

Including Martha’s Table in your will or estate is a meaningful sign of your commitment to helping children and families during your lifetime, and can be offer transformational opportunities to people who come after you.

To safeguard the stability and success of your investment, we maintain a six month financial reserve at all times. For more than 35 years we have never faltered. It is because of both our confidence in our longevity and our passion for the people we serve that we are inviting you to include us in your estate planning.

A bequest to Martha’s Table can be made through a provision in your estate planning documents (your will, a revocable trust or other applicable documents) and is a straightforward process.

A bequest may be:

  • Unrestricted, which will allow Martha’s Table to use the funds for the most important needs when received;
  • Designated for a particular purpose, if your interests lie in that direction; or
  • Given to honor the donor or memorialize a loved one.

Specific bequest:

A specific bequest is one in which you state that you are giving a fixed dollar amount, a specific asset, or a percentage of your estate to the beneficiary. This could include a gift of cash, securities, real estate, or personal property to be designated to Martha’s Table.

Sample language: “I hereby give, devise and bequeath to Martha’s Table, Inc., a District of Columbia nonprofit corporation (“Martha’s Table”), [state amount of money, identity of property or percentage of estate to be bequeathed], which shall be used for the charitable purposes of Martha’s Table as Martha’s Table may determine.”

Residuary bequest:

A residuary bequest comes to Martha’s Table after your estate expenses and specific bequests are paid. It allows you to designate Martha’s Table as the recipient of all or a portion of the residue of your estate.

Sample language: “I hereby give, devise and bequeath to Martha’s Table, Inc., a District of Columbia nonprofit corporation (“Martha’s Table”), [all of the rest, residue  and remainder of my estate/____ % of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate], to be used for such charitable purposes of Martha’s Table as Martha’s Table may direct.”

Contingent bequest:

A contingent bequest enables you to name Martha’s Table as an alternate beneficiary of all or of a portion of your estate, which means Martha’s Table will receive the bequest only if your primary beneficiary or beneficiaries do not survive you.

Sample language: “If ___________ is not living at the time of my death, I give to Martha’s Table, Inc., a District of Columbia nonprofit corporation (“Martha’s Table”), [the sum of $__________/all of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate /___________% of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate], to be used for such charitable purposes of Martha’s Table as Martha’s Table shall direct.”

You can also consider making Martha’s Table a beneficiary of your retirement assets or insurance policy.

Please contact the Development Office at 202-930-6085 or rdavidson@marthastable.org so that we can discuss these and other options.

Note:  The material presented in this website, including the sample language above, should not be construed as, and is not offered as a substitute for, legal or tax advice.