Ask Karen


Do you hesitate to give to your favorite causes because you are concerned that you or your family may need your assets in the future?


A gift in your will, called a bequest, could be the right option for you. Because you’re not actually parting with assets today, you don’t need to worry that you might need them later. Plus, you can change your mind at any time.

Your gift can be made as a percentage of your estate, so no matter how it fluctuates in size over the years, the benefit to your loved ones and favorite causes will remain in proportion.

Making a Bequest is Easy

First, decide what amount or percentage you want to give. Then work with your estate planning attorney to update your existing plan, or to begin the process of developing one. Please let us know if you intend to name Cincinnati Children’s in your estate plan so we can thank you and keep you informed of our ongoing activities. If desired, we are happy to honor requests for anonymity.

Do you have a question about your planned giving options? Email Karen at

Learn more about planned giving.

You can make an impact in the life of a sick child simply by making a gift to Cincinnati Children’s.