Gift and Estate Planning
For more than 60 years, America's wildlife has benefited from the generosity of our members, many of whom have included bequests -- large and small -- to Defenders in their wills, trusts, or other estate plans.
We've created this easy-to-understand website to help you learn more about bequests, charitable gift annuities, and other life income gifts that can meet your own personal goals. To get started, simply click on the Legacy Planner icon above or choose a specific topic from the menu on the right side of this screen.
A Message from Ed Asnerwatch Ed Asner's video message to see how bequests and other gifts are ensuring a more secure future for wolves, polar bears, sea otters, and other wildlife species that are counting on us all.
Your planned gift is your legacy - and their best chance for survival.
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The material presented on this web site is not offered as legal or tax advice. Please review calculations of tax benefits with planned giving staff to ensure that they reflect current interest rates and other assumptions. And, seek the counsel of your tax advisor, attorney and/or financial planner to review tax calculations and ensure that a contemplated gift is appropriate for your situation.
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Though her professional degrees are in education and cell biology, Defender’s legacy donor Bonnie Wild has found a way to work with animals for most of her life.
Tip of the Day
If you have no spouse and you leave assets in your IRA, 401(k), 403(b), Keogh or other qualified retirement plan when you die, your estate may have to pay combined taxes of up to 70% on those assets before your heirs can receive them!
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Voices of Defenders
"I have named Defenders as a beneficiary in my will and also as a beneficiary of my IRA. I'm not rich… but I can't think of a worthier wildlife group."