Planned Giving

Create a meaningful legacy that will make a lasting contribution to wildlife

Many of our members have chosen to name the North Carolina Wildlife Federation in their will or estate plan. No matter the size of the gift, a simple bequest assures that you will have made a lasting impact on wildlife and habitat for generations to come.

Our staff can help you design a gift that will work for you and your loved ones and will help protect North Carolina wildlife. We can show you how you can increase your income, reduce or eliminate capital gains and estate taxes and receive a significant tax reduction now.

To schedule an appointment or for answers to your questions, contact Dom Canavarro, development director, at dom@ncwf.org or 919-833-1923.

Four easy ways you can be a philanthropist for wildlife:

  1. Make a gift to NCWF in your will or trust. Find out how easy it is to put wildlife in your plans.
  2. Make NCWF a beneficiary of your retirement plan. You can consider full, partial or percentage options to benefit wildlife.
  3. Consider a gift of life insurance that your family has “outgrown” or make NCWF a partial or full beneficiary of your plan.
  4. Build your gift by using real estate and personal property.

A gift to NCWF in your will or revocable trust proclaims your confidence that we will continue to serve our mission and make a difference for North Carolina’s wildlife, wild places and future generations.

Sample bequest language for gifts to NCWF

A bequest is easy to arrange, will not alter your current lifestyle in any way and can be easily modified to address your changing needs.

Specific Bequest Language

Naming NCWF as a beneficiary of a specific amount from your estate is easy:

I give and devise to North Carolina Wildlife Federation, Tax ID # 56-1564376,  located in Raleigh, NC, or to its legal successor organization, the sum of $________ to be used for its general support.

Residual Bequest Language

A residual bequest comes to us after your estate expenses and specific bequests are paid:

I give and devise to North Carolina Wildlife Federation, Tax ID # 56-1564376, located in Raleigh, NC, or to its legal successor organization, all (or state a percentage) of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, to be used for its general support.

Contingent Bequest Language

NCWF can be named as a contingent beneficiary in your will or personal trust if one or more of your specific bequests cannot be fulfilled:

If (insert name) is not living at the time of my demise, I give and devise to North Carolina Wildlife Federation, (Tax ID # 56-1564376), located in Raleigh, NC, or to its legal successor organization, the sum of $ _____ (or all, or ______%  of the residue of my estate) to be used for its general support.

Retirement Plan Beneficiary Language

You may name NCWF as a beneficiary of your IRA, or other qualified retirement benefits. Donors should consult with their tax advisor regarding the tax benefits of such gifts.

Naming NCWF as the beneficiary of a qualified retirement plan asset such as a 401(k), 403(b), IRA, Keogh or profit sharing pension plan will accomplish a charitable goal while realizing significant tax savings. It can be costly to pass such assets on to heirs because of heavy tax consequences.

By naming NCWF as a beneficiary of a retirement plan, the donor maintains complete control over the asset while living, but at the donor's death the plan passes to support NCWF free of both estate and income taxes.

Making a charitable gift from your retirement plan is easy and should not cost you any attorney fees. Simply request a change of beneficiary form from your plan administrator.

You can designate all, or a particular amount, or a percentage to:

North Carolina Wildlife Federation, (Tax ID # 56-1564376), located in Raleigh, NC, or to its legal successor organization.

When you are done, return the form to your plan administrator and notify the North Carolina Wildlife Federation.

Testimonials

My wife, Scottie, and I certainly intend to leave our child and grandchild an inheritance. But as part of our humble legacy, Scottie and I wanted to also leave a reasonable percentage of our assets to the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. As an Eagle Scout and avid fly fisherman and as a family that enjoys being outdoors, there’s no doubt in our minds that NCWF stands out as a conservation organization that has been highly successful in the ongoing battle to protect wildlife and wild places.

- Alen Baker

Because I enjoy learning about and observing the natural world, I want to do what I can to help maintain and create wildlife habitats. My garden is certified as a butterfly habitat and as a wildlife habitat as well. My passion is butterflies. I provide nectar plants, larval host plants and do what I can to protect their caterpillars as much as possible. I think butterflies have an amazing life cycle and provide a fantastic learning experience. To help maintain and create other wildlife habitats, I decided to include the North Carolina Wildlife Federation in my will to have a greater positive impact on wildlife in general.

- Leah Dey

Since Duane and I moved from the crowded suburbs of Tampa, Fla., to Chatham County in 2006, we’ve never looked back. Enjoying the outdoors has become our way of life– whether hiking at one of the area’s many scenic parks or in our own backyard where Eastern Box Turtles have started their life journey for two years running. We love the natural, open spaces in North Carolina and want to do our part to protect and preserve these wildlife-rich places for generations to come. That’s why we included NCWF in our will.

- Shelly and Duane Ryder

Support the North Carolina Wildlife Federation

Gather your family and friends and plan your next outdoor adventure for one of North Carolina’s many unforgettable natural destinations. Help NCWF preserve wildlife and wild places for our children and future generations to come.