Leave a Wildlife Legacy

Many people have left a gift to North Carolina Wildlife Federation in their will, trust, or retirement plans. No matter the size of your investment, a simple bequest assures a lasting impact on wildlife and habitat for generations to come.

If you have been planning to create or update your will and just haven't gotten around to it, we can help! You can use our free will writing tool to take care of the people, and even the wildlife, you love.

Our staff can also answer any questions you have and help you design a gift that will work for you and your loved ones and help protect North Carolina wildlife. We can show you how you can increase your income, reduce or eliminate capital gains and estate taxes, and receive a significant tax reduction now.

To schedule an appointment or get answers to your questions, contact Dom Canavarro, Development Director, at [email protected] or 919-833-1923. If you have left a gift to NCWF in your will, trust, or retirement plans please share your news with us! We'd like to thank you, understand your wishes, and celebrate your commitment to the cause.

Four easy ways you can be a philanthropist for wildlife:

  1. Make a gift to NCWF in your will or trust. Find out how easy it is to put wildlife in your plans. Use our free will writing tool to get started.
  2. Make NCWF a beneficiary of your retirement plan. You can consider full, partial or percentage options to benefit wildlife.
  3. Consider a gift of life insurance that your family has “outgrown” or make NCWF a partial or full beneficiary of your plan.
  4. Build your gift by using real estate and personal property.

A gift to NCWF in your will, trust, or retirement plans proclaims your confidence that we will continue to serve our mission and make a difference for North Carolina’s wildlife, wild places and future generations.

Sample bequest language for gifts to NCWF

A bequest is easy to arrange, will not alter your current lifestyle in any way and can be easily modified to address your changing needs.

Specific Bequest

Naming NCWF as a beneficiary of a specific amount from your estate is easy:

I give and devise to North Carolina Wildlife Federation, Tax ID # 56-1564376,  located in Raleigh, NC, or to its legal successor organization, the sum of $________ to be used for its general support.

Risidual Bequest

A residual bequest comes to us after your estate expenses and specific bequests are paid:

I give and devise to North Carolina Wildlife Federation, Tax ID # 56-1564376, located in Raleigh, NC, or to its legal successor organization, all (or state a percentage) of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, to be used for its general support.

Contingent Bequest

NCWF can be named as a contingent beneficiary in your will or personal trust if one or more of your specific bequests cannot be fulfilled:

If (insert name) is not living at the time of my demise, I give and devise to North Carolina Wildlife Federation, (Tax ID # 56-1564376), located in Raleigh, NC, or to its legal successor organization, the sum of $ _____ (or all, or ______%  of the residue of my estate) to be used for its general support.

Retirement Plan Beneficiary

You may name NCWF as a beneficiary of your IRA, or other qualified retirement benefits. Donors should consult with their tax advisor regarding the tax benefits of such gifts.

Naming NCWF as the beneficiary of a qualified retirement plan asset such as a 401(k), 403(b), IRA, Keogh or profit sharing pension plan will accomplish a charitable goal while realizing significant tax savings. It can be costly to pass such assets on to heirs because of heavy tax consequences.

By naming NCWF as a beneficiary of a retirement plan, the donor maintains complete control over the asset while living, but at the donor's death the plan passes to support NCWF free of both estate and income taxes.

Making a charitable gift from your retirement plan is easy and should not cost you any attorney fees. Simply request a change of beneficiary form from your plan administrator.

You can designate all, or a particular amount, or a percentage to:

North Carolina Wildlife Federation, (Tax ID # 56-1564376), located in Raleigh, NC, or to its legal successor organization.

When you are done, return the form to your plan administrator and notify the North Carolina Wildlife Federation.

John Fuller

John Fuller

As Chair of North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s Wild Lives, Wild Places Legacy Society, I will ensure wildlife and habitat are protected and conserved in North Carolina for generations to come.

Legacy Member Benefits

Welcome packet from NCWF Director of Development Dom Canavarro

Invitations to phone briefings and webinars with NCWF leadership and staff

Subscription to NCWF's quarterly print magazine, Journal

Opportunities to meet with NCWF staff

Testimonials