Leave a Legacy for Conservation

By making a planned or estate gift to Nature and Culture International, you will create a lasting legacy while helping to ensure the conservation of threatened ecosystems and indigenous cultures for generations to come.

Please let us know if you have left Nature and Culture International in your estate plans so we may honor your wishes and recognize you for your wonderful gift.

Make a Bequest

With a bequest, you can donate all or part of your estate to NCI through your will or trust, making a lasting impact on conservation.

How do I make a bequest?

A bequest is one of the easiest gifts to make. With the help of an estate attorney or adviser, you can include appropriate language in your will or trust specifying a gift of any size to family, friends or Nature and Culture International as part of your estate plan.

What are the most typical types of bequests?

Bequests language most commonly gifts a percentage of your estate, a specific dollar amount or asset, or a portion of the residue (balance) of your estate.

What are the benefits of making a charitable bequest?

  • Receive estate tax charitable deduction.
  • Lessen the burden of taxes on your family.
  • Leave a lasting legacy at Nature and Culture International.

Donate Assets

Earn tax benefits by donating assets such as a retirement plan or life insurance through your estate plan.

Retirement Plan
Leaving all or part of your retirement plan to Nature and Culture International allows you to support our critical conservation actions while reducing tax burdens.

Why donate my retirement plan?

A retirement asset, such as an IRA account, makes an excellent bequest to a qualifying charity such as NCI. If the IRA were given to your family, much of the value may be lost through estate and income taxes. By designating NCI as the beneficiary of all or part of your IRA, the full value of the gift is transferred tax-free at your death as well as receiving an estate tax charitable deduction.

Contact the administrator of your retirement plan to change the beneficiary of the plan to Nature and Culture International.

Life Insurance
Designating Nature and Culture International as the beneficiary of your life insurance policy will help conservation efforts, while offering you significant tax benefits.

Why donate my life insurance policy?

Life insurance policies are another simply way to make a gift to Nature and Culture International. You can receive and immediate tax deduction by naming NCI as the full or partial owner of your policy. You can also name NCI as the beneficiary of our insurance policy and receive a tax deduction.

Contact your life insurance company to make the appropriate changes to benefit Nature and Culture International.

Create a Charitable Trust

There are several financial vehicles that can provide income for you or a loved one during your lifetime, create significant tax deductions while providing critical resources to Nature and Culture International. Deciding what vehicle to use will depend on your personal needs and financial objectives.

These include charitable remainder unitrusts and charitable remainder annuity trusts as well as charitable lead trusts and charitable gift annuities. Please consult your financial adviser about the appropriateness of these planning tools.

Please contact Christine Andersen, Director of Development at (858) 259-0374 or candersen@natureandculture.org if you are interested in providing for Nature and Culture International in your estate.

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