Protecting and Preserving the Ohio River Corridor

Giving to the Western Wildlife Corridor

planned-givingWhen you donate to Western Wildlife Corridor you help people in our community protect the lands that enrich your life – protecting natural habitats for flora and fauna, contributing to clean air and water, and inspiring you with natural beauty.

Your contributions may be in the form of annual sustainable gifts, special gifts to acquire and maintain property for preservation, or to permanently endow our mission of protecting and preserving the Ohio River Corridor.Thank you for exploring how you can support Western Wildlife Corridor.

 

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Ways to Give Now

Cash Contributions

A simple and convenient way to support WWC is to make a contribution by check or credit card. Pledges may be made over several years or on an annual basis. You may receive tax benefits if you itemize deductions on your federal income tax return.

The easiest way to give today is by becoming a member!

 

Gifts of Securities

A gift of appreciated securities, either publicly traded or from a private company, may provide greater tax advantages than gifts of cash. You may deduct the current fair market value as a charitable gift, and in most cases, avoid tax on capital gain on the appreciated value of securities.

 

Gifts of Real Estate

Gifts of real estate can carry significant tax benefits, whether the property is residential, a farm, or an undeveloped parcel. Real property may be conveyed in any of three ways: as an outright gift, as a gift that allows a tenant to remain on the property throughout their lifetime, or as an asset given with retained life income. A gift of real estate must be appraised to determine the tax deduction value.

 

Gifts of Conservation Easements

A conservation easement is a voluntary agreement that allows a landowner to limit the type or amount of development on their property while protecting the property’s ecological or open-space values and retaining private ownership of the land. The easement is signed by the landowner, who is the easement donor, and WWC, who is the party receiving the easement. WWC accepts the easement with understanding that it must enforce the terms of the easement in perpetuity.

 

Gifts of Personal Property

Contributions of tangible personal property may provide immediate tax advantages. The amount of the deduction is dependent upon whether the gift relates directly to WWC’s preservation efforts. The donor must secure an independent appraisal of the value of the gift for tax deduction purposes.

 

Employer Matching Gifts

Many employers will match or multiply a donation made to charitable organizations.  Contact your Human Resources office for details and for appropriate documentation.

Contact WWC at 513.922.2104 or tsisson@fuse.net to facilitate stock transfers or to discuss your giving interests.

Or, use our contact form to get in touch. 

 

Gifts for the Future

(Testamentary Gifts)

You may feel a strong desire to support Western Wildlife Corridor while not feeling comfortable making an outright gift or pledge commitment.   Deferred gift vehicles such as bequests in wills or revocable living trusts, charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, life insurance, deferred compensation plans, retained life estates, and other future gift commitments offer appealing alternatives.  Thoughtfully crafted gift plans offer benefits to the donor as well as to WWC.

 

 

Gifts via Will

You may make provisions for Western Wildlife Corridor in your will, designating that either a dollar amount or a percentage of your estate go to WWC. Including WWC in your will is an opportunity to make a permanent investment in a cause you have supported during your lifetime.

 

Bequest intent and suggested language

The following or similar language should be used to describe the intent of an unrestricted bequest to be used for the greatest needs of WWC.

“Said (describe specific property, or insert dollar amount or percentage) is to be used to benefit the greatest needs of Western Wildlife Corridor.”

 

Gifts from Deferred Compensation Plans

Your qualified retirement plan (IRA, 401-k, 403-b, qualified pension plan, Keough Plan, etc) may be an excellent source of a deferred gift.  You simply request a Change of Beneficiary form from the company that administers your plan and name WWC a beneficiary of all or part of your plan.

 

Gifts of Life Insurance

Naming WWC as the owner and beneficiary of a life insurance policy can provide gift opportunities to WWC and charitable tax deductions for you.

 

Gift That Provide You Income –  Charitable Remainder Trusts

Charitable remainder trusts offer you the flexibility to design a trust that meets your individual goals. A Charitable Remainder Trust is an arrangement in which property or money is irrevocably transferred into a trust and eventually designated for the benefit of one or more named charities, but the donor and/or others named by the donor receive income from the trust’s investment for a specified period of time. Once that time has passed the principal of the trust transfers permanently to the named charity/charities.

 

The importance of letting us know

Many donors include specific instructions or designations with their deferred gifts. The best time for WWC to learn of any deferred gift plan, especially if it is designated for some specific purpose, is while the donor is still available to discuss these important details.  This can be done directly with WWC or anonymously, through an intermediary such as the donor’s attorney.  Regardless, if you have considered including WWC in your estate plans, please let us know so we can do our best to honor your wishes.

 

The benefit of written gift instructions

Having a signed document on file with WWC detailing the donor’s instructions and WWC’s acceptance of those instructions gives the donor the flexibility of modifying the gift’s purpose without the necessity and expense of rewriting the donor’s will. Most donors find this provision attractive. Please let us know if you wish to designate your gift and we will work with you to record your instructions.

 

Contact WWC at 513.922.2104 or tsisson@fuse.net to learn more about giving plans that benefit WWC, you, and your loved ones.

Or, use our contact form to get in touch.