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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Meet Bob and Harriet Jakovina
When Bob and Harriet sat down to write their will, it was Defenders' strong focus on endangered species that lead them to designate the organization to receive a percentage of their estate.
Tip of the Day
The balance remaining in your retirement plan after your death is subject not only to federal estate tax, but also to income tax – and, if you name a grandchild as beneficiary, to the generation-skipping tax. The result can be that only 20 to 25 cents on the dollar may be left for your family.
Why I Care
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."