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Legacy giving 

Memorial Donations

Donations can be made at any time to recognize someone who has been important in your life. Your donation will be used to fund our programs, facilities upkeep and operations or may be designated for a specific purpose. Contact [email protected] to learn more about how your donation can be made.

Another way to recognize a person or event in your life is to purchase a wind chime that is placed on our Celebration Oak. Or place a chime to celebrate a life event such as a birth, anniversary or retirement. Chimes are used in other cultures to remember someone who died or an event. Each time the chime rings, it brings back memories of the person, event or occasion while making beautiful sounds.

Note:  Wildlife observations have been made and these chimes do not affect the movement of wildlife at the Trout Lake Nature Center.

Legacy Giving 

You can leave a long-lasting legacy by remembering the Trout Lake Nature Center with a gift from your estate. We encourage supporters to consider leaving bequests or gifts after your death to the Trout Lake Nature Center as part of your overall financial and/or estate planning. Bequests may be complex and you should involve the input of your attorney and/or financial advisor. Please ask for our complete information on the following giving options.

Gifts from Will or Trust

Include a bequest to Trout Lake Nature Center Inc. in your will or trust. Make your bequest unrestricted or direct it to a specific purpose at Trout Lake Nature Center Inc. Whichever form you prefer, you can direct that your bequest be used for the general support of our work or for a specific purpose you designate. Whatever your objectives, we will be happy to work with you in planning a bequest that will be satisfying, economical and effective in carrying out your wishes in our important mission.

IRA Charitable Gifts

Individuals age 70.5 and older can distribute up to $100,000 each year from their IRAs to the Trout Lake Nature Center Inc. and other charities without counting the distribution as income. This is a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) or sometimes called an “IRA Rollover”, a gift made directly from your qualified IRA can lower your taxable income.

Gifts of Appreciated Stock

Support the Trout Lake Nature Center’s work by making a gift of stocks, bonds, or mutual funds. In addition to making a difference for wildlife, ecosystems and the environment, a gift of appreciated securities offers you significant benefits. These include an immediate charitable deduction for the full market value of the stock and avoidance of capital gains taxes that would normally be due upon sale.

Named Beneficiary

Name the Trout Lake Nature Center Inc. as a beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k) or other qualified plan. Designate Trout Lake Nature Center Inc. to receive all or a portion of the balance of your plan through your plan administrator. The balance in your plan reverts to Trout Lake Nature Center Inc. after your lifetime. Your gift to Trout Lake Nature Center Inc. is not taxed for income nor for the estate because Trout Lake Nature Center Inc.is a tax-exempt organization.

Please notify the Trout Lake Nature Center Inc. if you have chosen to name this organization as a beneficiary. Indicate a specific amount, or a percentage of the balance remaining in your estate or trust. Some of our friends prefer to bequeath a certain percentage of the remainder of their estate—the amount that remains after paying all debts, costs, and other prior legacies.

Endowment Fund

Established by our Board of Directors to develop a sustainable funding source for the Trout Lake Nature Center. It began with a simple bequest to the Trout Lake Nature Center. As with all endowment funds, donations and bequests are placed into the endowment fund and protected so they will grow. When the fund becomes large enough, the interest created will be used to fund operations and programs becoming a more reliable source of long-term funding. Donating to the Endowment Fund is an excellent way to make a lasting contribution to the Trout Lake Nature Center.

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