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Donating your vehicle is a terrific way to give a sizable gift to CalWild that you otherwise might not be able to give. This service is provided by Charitable Adult Rides & Services (CARS) free of charge.
Making a legacy gift (bequest) to CalWild provides critically needed resources for our future wilderness protection efforts. And it's easy!
The simplest way to make a legacy gift is to name CalWild in your will – gifts large and small help our programs remain strong. You can make your own will for free over at FreeWill and name CalWild as a beneficiary. California residents can also create a free Revocable Living Trust there, which is highly advised for privacy reasons and because of the state’s lengthy probate process (learn more here). If you are already in the midst of creating your will, some sample wording can be as simple as:
“I bequeath ____% (or $___) of the rest and residue of my estate or trust, or description of property) to CalWild (Tax identification #51-0183228).”
Please note percentages are better for this language to account for inflation. A financial planner or estate planning attorney can explain more about your options, which may include naming CalWild as a beneficiary of your IRA or pension plan, your life insurance policy, or a charitable trust. If you have questions about legacy giving, please contact us.
If you are age 70 ½ or older, you may now transfer money from your IRA to CalWild. Gifts made from your IRA are not reportable as taxable income. At age 72 or greater, your gift distribution qualifies toward your required minimum distribution (RMD) for the calendar year, which may lower your income tax burden (Note: The RMD requirement has been waived for 2020).
Important to remember:
- Your total non-taxable yearly distribution to one or more qualified 501(c)3 charities, including CalWild, is limited to $100,000 each calendar year.
- You will need to contact your IRA Plan Administrator and request they distribute the rollover amount directly to CalWild. Please use the attached form to request a transfer.
- The check issued from your IRA must be made payable to CalWild.
Please contact Mark Green, Development Director, if you would like to be acknowledged for the gift. Many plan administrators will not include information on who is making the gift unless specifically requested.
The transfer of your IRA distribution must be made directly by your plan administrator to CalWild by December 31 to qualify for that tax year.
Do you use DAFs for charitable purposes? Good news! You can now make a DAF donation to CalWild online by visiting DAF Direct’s website.
Partnering with us showcases your team’s values in a tangible way, utilizing our advocacy expertise to point to real-world victories in public lands policy and protection. With the help of our corporate partners’ yearly financial support and the exposure they provide to their audiences, we can continue to attain significant milestones and victories for California’s wild lands and rivers.
Making a donation to CalWild in the form of appreciated stock or securities is more economical than giving cash and may make it possible for you to give more than you could otherwise afford. For example, you may own highly appreciated stock purchased years earlier that is paying a modest dividend relative to its market value. If you sell the stock and give the proceeds to CalWild, you will have to pay capital gains tax, perhaps reducing the amount of the gift and certainly increasing your tax liability. If however, you give the stock directly to CalWild, you can deduct the full fair market value of the stock given and avoid any capital gains tax.
Join us in enjoying, protecting, and nurturing wild California.
Every acre we protect, every river mile kept free-flowing, and every species safeguarded begins with you. We leverage your activism and financial support to build diverse local coalitions that provide the foundation for protecting public lands and waters, regardless of the political climate.