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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Defenders of Wildlife is a 501( c) 3.
Our tax ID number: 53-0183181
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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.
Tax ID number: 53-0183181
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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
You can give almost any kind of highly appreciated property -- such as closely-held stock, real estate, partnership interests, or valuable art -- to a charitable remainder trust and receive major tax and income benefits.
Why I Care
Voices of Defenders
"I have named Defenders as a beneficiary of my retirement plan because I desire to live knowing that, after my death, I will be helping to preserve wild American places with wolves, bears and bison."