By naming Maine Audubon in your will, you can be assured that the preservation of the environment will be continued past your lifetime. By making a bequest from your will or living trust (or a future gift of retirement plan assets or life insurance premiums) you may be able to make a more substantial and lasting contribution than you had thought possible.
Another option is to bequeath a percentage of your estate to Maine Audubon along with other beneficiaries, or to give the residual after other bequests have been fulfilled. The type of bequest depends on individual circumstance but may take the form of specified amounts of cash, securities, life insurance, real estate or other property.
A bequest in your will is often the most direct and most significant way to make a planned gift to Maine Audubon. At the same time, you can achieve your personal goals and protect your and your family’s financial security. Charitable bequests are fully deductible and can help reduce your state and federal estate taxes.
If you are interested in updating your will or adding a codicil to include Maine Audubon as a beneficiary please consult with your attorney. The following language may be helpful to your attorney in drafting a bequest to Maine Audubon:
“I give to Maine Audubon, a not-for-profit corporation having its headquarters in Falmouth, Maine, the sum of $ _________ (or ___ percent of my estate) to be used for its general purposes (or describe a specific program or sanctuary in accordance with your particular interests).”
Is Maine Audubon already in your will? Please let us know. When you include Maine Audubon in your estate plans or make a life income gift, you become a member of the Maine Audubon Legacy Society.
As a Legacy Society member, you receive lifetime Maine Audubon membership and all the associated benefits.