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Legacy Society

Legacy Society

Is there a better legacy than clean water, clean air, and abundant wildlife?  You can support future generations of family forest owners and improve the health of the nation’s forests through including a bequest to ATFS in your will.   

Here’s some sample language to consider inserting into your will: 

  • I give $________ or ________ % of my disposable estate to American Tree Farm System, a program of the American Forest Foundation, EIN 52-1235124, a nonprofit organization, to be used without restrictions or to be used for [specify purpose here].

 

If you have questions or would like more information on planned giving options, contact Melissa Englander, Individual Donor Coordinator, at 202-765-3454  or menglander@forestfoundation.org.

CASH GIFTS

Cash gifts are deductible up to 50% of a donor’s adjusted gross income (AGI) (income after certain adjustments are made, but before standardized and itemized deductions, and personal exemptions, are made.)  All charitable gifts can result in state income tax savings and reduce the size of the donor’s taxable estate as well.

 

BEQUESTS

Finally, you could leave a gift of cash or land to the American Forest Foundation in support of the American Tree Farm System® through your will. The American Forest Foundation would sell the property as described above and protect it with a conservation easement if appropriate. Depending on the size of your estate, this arrangement may provide estate tax savings.

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GIFTS OF SECURITIES

Gifts of securities such as stocks and bonds can be more advantageous than gifts of cash in situations where the securities have appreciated in value, because the donor avoids paying capital gains taxes.

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GIFT OF OUTRIGHT REAL ESTATE

An outright gift of real estate could provide you with current income tax deduction (subject to the same AGI limitations applicable to gifts of securities) and enable you to avoid any capital gains taxes that might have been due upon the sale of the property.

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GIFT OF CONSERVATION EASEMENT

You can restrict the future use and development of your real estate by donating a permanent conservation easement to a local land trust. The donor of a qualified conservation easement is entitled to a tax deduction for the diminution in the value of his or her land resulting from the donation, as substantiated by an appraisal.

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GIFT OF RESIDENCE OR FARM

You may donate your Tree Farm or personal residence to the American Forest Foundation in support of the American Tree Farm System® and reserve the right to live on the Tree Farm or residence and continue to operate it and pay the expenses for the rest of your lifetime. You would even be permitted to lease the property and make improvements in consultation with the American Forest Foundation.

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CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITY

Life income arrangements through planned giving can increase your income, save on taxes, and provide future support for the American Tree Farm System®. Life income gifts are particularly attractive when you want to offer a large contribution but the uncertainty of your future needs precludes an outright gift.

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We understand that every situation is unique, if you have questions please contact us and we are happy to discuss what gift works best for you.

If you have questions or would like more information on planned giving options, contact Melissa Englander, Individual Donor Coordinator, at 202-765-3454 or menglander@forestfoundation.org.

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