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Gift in Your Will or Living Trust

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You want to leave money to Save the Redwoods League in your will. You also want the flexibility to change your will in the event that life circumstances change. You can do both.

In as little as one sentence, you can complete your gift. This type of donation to the League in your will or living trust helps ensure that we continue our mission for years to come.

If you'd like to create a new will, Save the Redwoods League has vetted a quick, easy and FREE online tool you can use to create a fully customized will that is valid in all fifty states.

It takes less than 25 minutes to complete and will give you the option to leave a gift to the League. It is completely free, whether you leave a gift to the League or not. If you have a large or complex estate, you can also use the tool to document your wishes and find an attorney near you. Click here to start your free will.

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"Preserving more redwood groves provides an atmosphere to heal, to consider one’s life, to confront the eternal."

—Susan Vreeland, Redwood Legacy Circle Member

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An Example of How It Works

Young family with kidsMeet Tom and Martha. When they got married and created a will, they included a $75,000 gift to the League. As the family grew to include three children, Tom and Martha decided to revise their gift to ensure their children's future financial security.

They met with their attorney and revised the gift language so that the League received a percentage of their estate, instead of a specific amount. Tom and Martha now rest easy knowing their plans will provide for their family as well as the future of the redwood forests.

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Next Steps

  1. Contact Sharon Rabichow at 415-820-5828 or SRabichow@SaveTheRedwoods.org for additional information on bequests or to chat more about the different options for including the League in your will or estate plan.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you include the League in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal Name: Save the Redwoods League
Address: 111 Sutter Street, 11th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104
Federal Tax ID Number: 94-0843915

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Save the Redwoods League a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to Save the Redwoods League, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 111 Sutter Street, 11th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to the League or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the League as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the League as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and the League where you agree to make a gift to the League and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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