Planned Giving

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Gifts in Honor of Friends or Family

Honor someone special by giving a donation in their name. You will receive a letter recognizing your gift and they will receive a notice of your gift. Help preserve the land and water that they love. Send their name and address along with the gift so that we may let them know.

Memorial Gifts

Families often choose to designate a nonprofit whose work was important to a loved one who has passed. A memorial gift to the CWC is an important way to remember the past and make a difference to the future. These gifts may be tax deductible.

Stocks, Mutual Funds and Bonds

Making a gift of stocks, mutual funds or bonds can provide you with a double tax benefit. When you give these types of securities to the CWC, you avoid capital gains taxes on the increased value and also receive a tax deduction for the full fair market value of your gift.

Gifts of Real Estate

Donating land or a house to the CWC is a way for you to receive tax benefits on the appreciated value, while avoiding capital gains taxes that may result from sale of the property. The CWC accepts gifts of land conserved in perpetuity or gifts of property for eventual sale. The proceeds are spent on local land conservation.

Retirement Accounts

Passing retirement account assets to your heirs can trigger significant income taxes and estate taxes. Designating the CWC as the beneficiary of all or a part of your retirement accounts may reduce or eliminate these tax obligations.

Estate Planning Gifts

When you include the Chippewa Watershed Conservancy in your estate planning, you make it possible for future generations to enjoy the clean water, open space and wildlife habitat that we experience. Your gift assures that the CWC has the resources to honor our commitment to protect and steward lands in perpetuity. When a charitable gift is included in your estate plan, significant tax benefits may result for you and your family. Here are a few examples of ways that others like you have chosen to make a gift to the future:

  • Bequests
    You can designate a gift of a set dollar amount or a percentage of your total estate to be given to the CWC.
  • Charitable Remainder Trust
    This type of trust can provide income to you, your spouse and others. Upon death, a certain amount or percentage of your estate will pass to your heirs, and the balance donated to the CWC to eliminate or reduce capital gains taxes.