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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“Defenders opened up my world to all of the wildlife on our planet. I know they love the animals as much as I do.”
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You don't have to use cash to make a gift!
You can give us appreciated stocks, bonds or mutual fund shares instead. Your charitable deduction will be the full, fair market value of the securities, with no capital gains liability on their appreciation.
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Voices of Defenders
"With my children settled and grandchildren in college, I just think it made sense to establish my two gift annuities with Defenders. Putting my money where it can save wildlife is so much better than leaving it in the bank where it's not really doing any good."