A gift that costs nothing during your lifetime.Greater Yellowlegs. Photo: Brad James/Audubon Photography Awards
Leaving a gift to Audubon in your will or trust, by beneficiary designation, or another form of planned gift can make a lasting difference to our work. Many gifts cost you nothing now, there is no minimum contribution, and you are not locked into a decision you make today.
Photo: Barbara Driscoll/Audubon Photography Awards
Photo: Bette Parette/Great Backyard Bird Count
Sandhill Crane with chick.
Photo: Mary Lundberg/Audubon Photography Awards
Photo: Jerry am Ende/Audubon Photography Awards
Great Blue Heron with nestlings.
Photo: Pamela Underhill Karaz/Audubon Photography Awards
Photo: Kelley Luikey/Audubon Photography Awards
Photo: Ray Whitt/Audubon Photography Awards
The balance remaining in your retirement plan after your death is subject not only to federal estate tax, but also to income tax – and, if you name a grandchild as beneficiary, to the generation-skipping tax. The result can be that only 20 to 25 cents on the dollar may be left for your family.
Why give so much of your hard-earned retirement assets to the government when you can give them to Audubon instead?
Direct the balance of your plan to Audubon, and use other assets – not subject to all the taxes applied to retirement assets – to make gifts to your family.
Recent IRS regulations make it easier to make Audubon a beneficiary.
Costa’s Hummingbird. Photo: Belen Schneider/Audubon Photography Awards
Office of Gift Planning
National Audubon Society
225 Varick Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10014