Legacy Giving

Why Consider a Gift in Your Will

What a Gift Says About You

When you make the important decision to leave a gift to the California Academy of Sciences in your will, you demonstrate your commitment to our work to explore, explain, and sustain life. A legacy gift shows your willingness to invest in our scientific endeavors, and you know that your thoughtfulness and generosity now will be transformational for our planet and all creatures who will inhabit it in the future.

The Benefits of Charitable Planning

When you make a will and specify those loved ones you wish to remember as well as the charitable causes that are important to you, you ensure that your assets will be distributed according to your wishes. While many people assume that their children or attorney will remember what causes they gave to during their lifetimes and continue those gifts, there is no guarantee this will happen. The only way to make sure that the organizations whose values you share, such as the California Academy of Sciences, will receive a share of your assets, is to detail your gift in writing in your will. While your gift and your will are private and entirely up to you, please remember that if you let us know that you’ve made a gift to the Academy, it will help us plan our future research, field work, exhibits, and educational programs.

Putting Your Loved Ones and Favorite Causes First

We agree that your family comes first. But, after you take care of family members, you could designate a percentage of your estate to the California Academy of Sciences. Your gift could go a long way toward understanding and protecting biodiversity on our planet.

Eastwood Associates

Your legacy gift makes you a lifetime member of the Eastwood Associates, inspired by Alice Eastwood, the Academy’s curator of botany from 1894 to 1949. At her death in 1953 at the age of 94, Eastwood bequeathed her extensive collection of botanical publications to the Academy, inspiring future legacies.

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