Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust

CRAT Diagram

How it Works

  • You transfer cash, securities or other appreciated property into a trust.
  • The trust makes fixed annual payments to you or to beneficiaries you name.
  • When the trust terminates, the remainder passes to Defenders of Wildlife to be used as you have directed.


  • Receive income for life or a term of years in return for your gift.
  • Receive an immediate income tax deduction for a portion of your contribution.
  • Pay no upfront capital gains tax on appreciated assets you donate.
  • Your trust can meet personal or family needs that are tied to a specific timeframe, such as tuition payments.


Let Us Know


Let Us Know

Bequests left to Defenders are crucial to our ability to protect imperiled species and their habitats for generations to come. Have you included Defenders in your will or other estate plans?