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Beneficiary Designations

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Passionate about making a difference for wilderness even after your lifetime? It's not only possible, it's easy to do with a beneficiary designation. You can further our work far into the future by naming The Wilderness Society as a beneficiary of your retirement plans and life insurance policies. You simply fill out a form that is entirely separate from your will.

Not only is it an easy way to give, but it's also flexible—you aren't locked into the choices you make today. And the beauty of this approach is that your gift to The Wilderness Society won't be taxed. Plus, you can review and adjust beneficiary designations any time you want. Simply contact your plan administrator to update your beneficiary designation forms.

Check Out This Potential Scenario

Older couple smilingCarol and Robert treasure the financial help they've been able to give their children and The Wilderness Society over the years. Now that their kids are grown, Carol and Robert have changed their estate plan so it can work harder for the people and causes they love. The couple updated their will to leave stocks and real estate to their kids. And they left us their $75,000 IRA to be transferred after their death. Because The Wilderness Society is tax-exempt, all $75,000 will help support our mission.

If Carol and Robert had left the IRA to their children, approximately $21,000* would have gone to pay federal income taxes—leaving only $54,000 for their family's use. Carol and Robert are happy knowing they are making the most of their hard-earned money thanks to their updated estate plan.

*Based on an assumption of a 28% marginal income tax bracket.

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You can name us beneficiary of the following assets:

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Next Steps

Please consider naming us as a beneficiary of your retirement plans and life insurance to ensure wildlands are protected for years to come.

  1. Contact us at 1-888-736-4897 or giftplanning@tws.org for additional information about how to make a gift through your retirement plan or life insurance or to chat about the different ways you can include The Wilderness Society in your estate plan.
  2. Talk to your financial or legal advisor to learn which assets will or will not trigger taxable income when paid to a beneficiary.
  3. Please consider including The Wilderness Society in your estate plans. Here is our legal name and federal tax ID for you to share with your advisor:

    Legal Name: The Wilderness Society
    Address: 1615 M Street, NW, Washington, DC  20036
    Federal Tax ID Number: 53-0167933