I think Vesterheim is extremely important—not only to Iowa, not only for Norwegians, but as a national organization.
Vesterheim Museum and Folk Art School is a registered 501c3 charity. Our Federal Tax Identification Number is: 42-6081638.
Sample Codicil language for your will:
A codicil is supplemental language to a will that explains or modifies it. A codicil that benefits Vesterheim might be written by dollar amount, a percentage of the state or remainder, or a specific object (like a family immigrant chest). It may also be directed to a particular program. Those codicils that reference specific programs should also include a clause that won’t tie the investment up if such funding isn’t necessary at the time of the donor’s death.
They are typically simple inclusions, like this:
“I (NAME), A RESIDENT OF THE County of (county), State of (state), declare that this is a codicil to my last will and testament, which is dated (date the original was signed).
“I bequeath to Vesterheim Museum, 523 West Water Street, Decorah, Iowa 52101 the sum of $__________, to be used for such purposes as the Board of Directors may designate.”
“I bequeath to Vesterheim Museum, 523 West Water Street, Decorah, Iowa 52101 ____% of my gross estate, to be used to enrich the folk art school endowment or for such purposes as the Board of Directors may designate, if such an endowment is fully funded.”