Legacy Giving

Ways to Make a Lasting Impact

Gifts from Your Will or Living Trust

Gifts of Assets that Provide Income

Gifts Made by Beneficiary Designations

Gifts that Make an Impact Now

If you care about the health of our planet and all its inhabitants, you can make a legacy gift that will have an impact on our ability to continue to explore, explain, and sustain the richness of our environment. Often, the largest and most meaningful gift anyone can make is a bequest in a will or a living trust. Most of us cannot make such gifts now because we need these assets while we are alive. But, we can make such gifts in the future.

We absolutely understand that family comes first, and encourage you to ensure that your loved ones are provided for, and then consider what causes are most meaningful to you. If the Academy is one of them, we hope your legacy will include a gift to protect our planet’s biodiversity. And, we would be honored to say thank you.

And remember, you can always change your mind. Your circumstances and desires may change and you are free to modify your plans with no penalty or pressure from the Academy.

If you have a desire to give, we will work with you to help you understand your options and find the best method for you to give. We also encourage you to consult with an attorney to fully understand how gifts in your will may reduce the taxes that you or your loved ones will have to pay on your estate.

Whatever you decide is appropriate and meaningful to you, the California Academy of Sciences is grateful for your support, and thanks you for your generous commitment to explore, explain, and protect our natural world for future generations.

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