When you give to Columbia Land Trust, you leverage decades of experience, expertise, and relationships to accomplish meaningful, permanent conservation. From the coastal wetlands to cascading rivers, alpine meadows, and old-growth forests, the landscapes of the Northwest stay with us forever. There are many ways to give to Columbia Land Trust that can deliver benefits to the Northwest and tax benefits to you:
Make a Bequest
Allocate any amount, percentage, or the remainder of your estate or other assets to Columbia Land Trust through your will or revocable living trust. It’s easy to do and donors who leave a bequest can take an estate tax deduction of 100 percent of the gift’s value. This is a perfect way to benefit Columbia Land Trust when you no longer need your assets yourself. When you make a gift to Columbia Land Trust through a will or living trust, you become a member of our Heritage Circle. As a member, you create a lasting legacy in conservation for generations to come.
To make the process of creating a bequest easier than ever, we’ve partnered with FreeWill. FreeWill is an innovative, online tool that allows you to write your will in under 20 minutes for free and decide what percentage or amount of your estate you would like to give to the Columbia Land Trust.
Designate a Retirement Plan
Name the Land Trust as a beneficiary of your retirement account as a way to give back and gain tax savings. IRA accounts listing Columbia Land Trust as the beneficiary are free of estate and income taxes.
List us on your Life Insurance Policy
Naming the Land Trust as a beneficiary of your life insurance policies gives the insurance proceeds to us and removes them from your taxable estate.
If you’ve already included Columbia Land Trust in your estate plans, let us know. We’d like to thank you! Sharing your plans with the Land Trust not only helps us better assess our financial picture, but also helps our staff make important conservation decisions.
Columbia Land Trust will work with you and your professional advisors to set up the best type of fund to support the work you care about. Just let our Development Associate Chris Bean know what you’re thinking, and he’ll help you explore the available options. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.