Center for Wildlife
Planned Giving

Consider helping Center for Wildlife acheive financial sustainability through one of our many Planned Giving options


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Beyond a monetary donation, there are many types of gifts you can make, including but not limited to: gifts of securities, charitable remainder trusts, gifts of real estate, art and collections. Many donors find comfort in donating gifts in honor of a life lived or a special occasion, and many enjoy matching the gift of another donor. If you are interested in exploring any of these options, please feel free to contact us at Whenever possible we suggest these decisions be made in conjunction with the advice and information provided to you by your trained legal and financial professionals.

A properly designed gift can:

  • Provide long-term income
  • Convert low-yielding assets into a higher income stream
  • Reduce or eliminate taxes on your capital gains
  • Generate a substantial federal income tax deduction for you
  • Eliminate or reduce your federal estate taxes

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Ways you can support Center for Wildlife's work for the next generation....


  • Bequests (Gifts by Will)
  • Securities
  • Charitable-Lead Trusts
  • Charitable-Remainder Trusts
  • Life-Insurance Policies
  • Real Estate Gifts

Scroll down for detailed information on each option. If you have a different idea for a way to give, we would be happy to hear it! Feel free to email us anytime at


Bequests (Gifts by Will)

A bequest may be particularly attractive as a gift option if you are unable to make a current (outright) gift, but would like to contribute to the Center for Wildlife in a meaningful way. Bequests may be restricted or unrestricted and will be used where need is greatest. To learn more about different kinds of bequests and to obtain the correct wording for your document please contact us.


Securities Gifts of appreciated stocks or bonds have the same positive benefit to the Center for Wildlife as a gift of cash; however, a gift of securities is usually more beneficial to you, the donor, than a gift of cash. Donating appreciated securities is one of the most tax-wise opportunities available. In addition to receiving an income tax deduction for up to full market value of the gift, you can also avoid capital gains tax you would have had to pay if you sold the asset instead.

Charitable-Lead Trusts

A donor creates a Charitable-Lead Trust by transferring ownership of an asset or assets to a trust. Lead Trusts permit you to place assets in trust to make specified payments to the Center for Wildlife for a designated period of time. At the end of the period, depending on the type of Lead Trust, either you regain possession of assets or the trustee distributes the assets to the named beneficiaries. It is called a “lead” trust because the recipient receives the income or “lead” interest for a period of time. Utilizing the lead trust, donors may leave a significantly larger inheritance to their heirs than they could have left via a will or other trusts.

Charitable-Remainder Trusts

A Charitable Remainder Trust is used to hold assets that produce an income stream for the donor (or the named beneficiaries) for the donor’s life or for a period of years. At the termination of the trust, the remaining trust assets, the “remainder”, are transferred to the Center for Wildlife. There are two main types of Charitable-Remainder Trusts. They are Annuity Trusts and Unitrusts. The main difference between the two types of Charitable-Remainder Trusts is the way your annual income from the trust is determined.

Life-Insurance Policies

If you no longer need life insurance, consider donating the policy to the Center for Wildlife. This will give you a charitable tax deduction for the approximate cash surrender value of the policy and help you to further our mission. You can also use a life insurance policy to create a legacy for the Center for Wildlife as beneficiary or contingent beneficiary. To change this, you would need to complete a change of beneficiary form with your life insurance company.

Real Estate Gifts

Real estate that you own may have appreciated so significantly in value that its sale would create a substantial tax burden. By making a gift of real estate to the Center for Wildlife, you may be able to avoid capital gains taxes and receive a charitable tax deduction for the full market value of the property. It is also possible to make a gift of property while retaining a life estate so that you can continue using it for the rest of your life while obtaining tax and estate planning benefits. Please note that the Center for Wildlife must evaluate each real estate gift before acceptance.

Contact Us

We are happy to answer your questions about giving to Center for Wildlife as well as work with your legal and financial professionals to make your planned gift a reality. There are many options, including ones not discussed on this page, available to you and we are open to any creative suggestions that you may have as well! Please feel free to contact us at Thank you for your generosity and we look forward to hearing from you!