A planned gift to Dodge Nature Center allows you make a meaningful donation to Dodge Nature Center while providing for your family in a tax-effective way. Our planned giving donors create a legacy of support that is so important to sustaining and expanding our mission of providing exceptional experiences in nature through environmental education.
You may not think you are a candidate for a planned gift, but making an estate plan does not need to be complicated or expensive, and everyone should have a will.
If you would like to discuss any of the options below, or have already made a planned gift to Dodge Nature Center and would like to let us know, please contact Brenda Teats, Development Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-789-5218.
A charitable bequest is a flexible way to support Dodge Nature Center. You may prefer that a bequest be for a specific amount or represent a percentage of your estate, or you may create a bequest that helps Dodge Nature Center after you have provided for your family and friends.
Sample Bequest Language
A SPECIFIC BEQUEST is an outright gift of securities, real estate, or a specific amount of cash. In your will, you describe an item and your intention to give that particular item to Dodge Nature Center “I give, devise and bequeath to Dodge Nature Center, tax ID 41-6081794, located in West St. Paul, Minnesota, $________ (state sum of money or otherwise describe security or property) to be used for its general uses and purposes.”
A PERCENTAGE BEQUEST is a gift of a fixed percentage of your estate and does not provide for the source of payment of the bequest. Your executor will honor the bequest from any available source in your estate. A percentage bequest is more flexible than a specific bequest because it will change in size along with your estate. “I give, devise and bequeath to Dodge Nature Center, tax ID 41-6081794, located in West St. Paul, Minnesota, ______% (state percentage of estate) of the property owned by me at my death, real and personal and wherever situate, to be used for its general uses and purposes.”
A RESIDUARY BEQUEST is a gift of either all or a portion of what remains in your estate after all expenses, debts and taxes have been paid and all general and specific bequests have been honored. If you do not make arrangements for your residuary estate, any asset not mentioned specifically in the will is treated as if you died without a will. “I give, devise and bequeath all (or ______%) of the residue of the property owned by me at my death, real and personal and wherever situate, to Dodge Nature Center, tax ID 41-6081794, located in St. Paul, Minnesota, for its general uses and purposes.”
A CONTINGENT BEQUEST is when you name Dodge Nature Center beneficiary to inherit only in the event a primary beneficiary (such as a spouse or child) does not survive you. In other words, this type of bequest takes effect only in the event that another bequest, for whatever reason, fails. “If any of the above named beneficiaries should predecease me, I hereby give his or her share of my estate to Dodge Nature Center, tax ID 41-6081794, located in St. Paul, Minnesota, to be used for its general uses and purposes.”
CODICIL TO YOUR WILL If you already have a will that spells out your intentions, but would like to include Dodge Nature Center you can do so by using a codicil to your will. A codicil is merely a supplement that modifies your will. Like a will, a codicil must be executed with certain formalities. Please consult your attorney or advisor before incorporating these new changes.
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With a gift today to Dodge Nature Center, you can receive a tax deduction now and also receive regular income payments for the rest of your life.
Naming Dodge Nature Center as a beneficiary on a portion of retirement plan assets is easy, and can save your heirs estate and income taxes later.
There are a wide variety of tax-wise trust arrangements that can incorporate generous gifts to charity and offer tax savings. Please consult your estate planning attorney.
Name Dodge Nature Center as a beneficiary, gift an existing policy or purchase a new policy. Annual premiums may be tax-deductible.
Our planned gift donors, as prized and admired as the Great Egret, are welcomed as members of our Egret Society and receive recognition and special event invitations throughout the year. Please fill out the form to let us know of your generous gift. We want to be able to thank you.