Planning Your Legacy

At Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico, we provide strength and support to children and their families by keeping them together when they need it most. Your gifts allow us to bring hope and help to children who are sick through our programs and family-centered care.

Many of our supporters choose to support our future through planned gifts. Unlike cash donations, planned gifts are typically made from assets in your estate rather than from disposable income, and may come to fruition after your lifetime. Even people of modest means can make a difference in the lives of children by planning a gift.

One of the easiest and most popular ways to make an impact at RMHC-NM is to include a charitable bequest in your will or living trust. We’ve partnered with FreeWill: a free online resource that guides you through the process of writing or updating your will while building a legacy strengthening families.  Learn more and get started today.

Whether you would like to put your donation to work today or benefit us after your lifetime, we can help you find a charitable plan that meets your goals. With your help, we can continue to make children healthier and happier by giving families a home away from home.


A bequest allows you to leave a legacy of support for sick children and their families without affecting your cash flow today. With a bequest, you can give a percentage of your estate, so that your gift will remain proportionate to the size of your estate, or you can give a certain amount of cash, securities or property. Either way, your gift allows you to retain full control of your assets now, while ensuring that RMHC New Mexico will continue to give strength and support to families far into the future.

Sample Bequest Language

The following language is an example of wording that may be used to name Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico as a beneficiary of your last will and testament. Your gift may be of a specific dollar amount or it may also be of a percentage of your estate.

“I, [name], of [city, state ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico, [EIN #85-0283204], [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose.”

Why Should You Choose a Bequest?

A bequest in your will or living trust is:

  • Easy. A few sentences in your will or living trust complete the gift.
  • Revocable. Until your will or trust goes into effect, you are free to alter your plans.
  • Versatile. You can give a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or, most common, a percentage of your estate.

Steps to Making Your Bequest

  1. Determine whether you’d like to make a gift of a specific amount or leave a percentage of your estate, and whether you would like to direct your gift to a specific program or leave your gift unrestricted, allowing it to be used for our most pressing needs.
  2. Take our bequest language to your estate planning attorney to include in your will or living trust.
  3. Use FreeWill to write or update your will and make a planned gift to Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico or
  4. Contact Jessica Wright at Ronald McDonald House Charities New Mexico to inform us of your gift so we can thank you and ensure your bequest will be fulfilled in a manner you intend.

Already made a gift to Ronald McDonald House House Charities of New Mexico in your plans? All you have to do now is fill out this form so we can say thank you and keep our records up-to-date!


Do you have an IRA, 401(k), life-insurance policy, or any other assets not included in your will? These are called “non-probate assets”, and you must plan your beneficiaries for them separately. You can designate RMHCNM as a beneficiary of these types of assets to help children and families at no cost to you right now. To get started, you can use this free and secure online tool to make your plans with step-by-step instructions.