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Because so much of our land conservation work is about ensuring that the places we save today will be protected forever, legacy gifts (also known as “planned gifts”) are indispensable to the Guadalupe River Association. There is no better way to continue to make a difference for land conservation many years from now.

A planned gift is an excellent option to help the Guadalupe River Association to carry out its mission to conserve water and land in the Guadalupe River watershed. Planned gifts allow you to take advantage of tax benefits associated with charitable giving. This often allows you to make a larger gift than would otherwise be possible. You may be eligible to benefit through reduced capital gains, estate and income taxes, and in some cases may receive lifetime income in exchange for a gift.

You may choose to specify that the Guadalupe River Association receives a specific dollar amount or asset, a percentage of your estate, a contingent bequest in case you outlive other heirs or a portion of the residue (remainder) of your estate.

Guadalupe River Association cannot render tax or legal advice, and this information is not intended as such.

Bequests

One of the simplest ways to make an important gift to preserve and protect nature is through your will. You can name the Guadalupe River Association as the direct beneficiary of specific assets, a portion or percentage of your estate, or of your residual estate after payment of other bequests. Charitable giving through your estate can offer both flexibility and estate tax advantages. Two of the most popular forms of bequests are a fixed amount of money or a designated property and a percentage of the estate.

Gifts made through wills and living trusts are easy to arrange and can be changed at any time you choose, giving you maximum flexibility in your planning. You will also enjoy peace of mind knowing that your property will be put to good use when you no longer need it, but your cash flow will not be affected today.

Creating or updating your estate plans calls for careful planning with the help of an estate-planning attorney. Bequest language can vary from state to state, and country to country. Thus, it is always best to use an attorney that understands local estate laws. With that in mind, we suggest that you give the following suggested bequest wording to your attorney:

“I give $_____ [a specific amount, or alternatively, “_____ percent of the residuary of my estate”] to the Guadalupe River Association, a nonprofit corporation incorporated in the State of Texas for its general purposes.”

Gifts of Appreciated Securities

Make a tax-deductible gift of stocks, bonds or mutual funds to the Guadalupe River Association.

Gift of Retirement Plan Assets

Since there are a variety of retirement plans with significant restrictions on how and when transfers and distributions may be made, we highly recommend that members and supporters review their situation with a retirement plan administrator, tax professional or financial advisor.

Life Insurance Options

Naming the Guadalupe River Association in a life insurance policy that is no longer needed for family support or liquidity may be an excellent vehicle for a gift. Consult your tax advisor to see if this type of planning makes sense for you and your loved ones. There are several ways to give life insurance, including naming the Guadalupe River Association as beneficiary of a new or existing policy, assigning the Guadalupe River Association as owner of no longer needed paid-up or partially paid policy, or taking out a new policy with the Guadalupe River Association  as owner.

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