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Conservation is worthy of your individual philanthropic investment. Below are various ways in which your generosity can make an impact on environmental conservation. To assist you in determining which giving plan meets your individual needs, contact Todd P. Witcher, Executive Director at (865) 430-4757.
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Gifts of long-term appreciated stock or mutual funds offer a quick, easy and tax-efficient way to make a lasting contribution to Discover LIfe in America. Your gift will help Discover Life in America protect precious natural places like Great Smoky Mountains National Park and other places close to your heart around the world.
If you hold the securities, mail (via UPS or other traceable medium) or hand-deliver the certificate(s) to:
In a separate envelope, mail or deliver to the address above a signed stock or bond power for each security. You may obtain blank stock powers from the stock gift manager, your broker or bank. Please sign the power exactly as your name appears on the certificate or bond. Enclose a letter stating the purpose of your gift with the certificate(s).
Note: It is very important to mail the security certificate and the signed power separately. We also recommend that the certificate be sent by certified mail with return receipt.
Inform your broker or banker that you would like to donate securities to Discover Life in America. Your broker or banker should contact Todd P. Witcher or Todd@dlia.org to provide the details of the gift and to process your transaction.
Naming Discover Life in America as a beneficiary is simple and has lasting effects. You can name us as a beneficiary in a:
After your lifetime, the asset will come to Discover Life in America without going through probate. Your estate benefits from this contribution because it is entitled to a charitable deduction for the amount of the gift.
Having Discover Life in America as a beneficiary of your Will or Revocable Living Trust, you can specify some or all of your assets to Discover Life in America after your lifetime. If you would prefer, all or some of your assets can be specified for a specific Discover Life in America program. After your lifetime, the asset(s) you specify will pass to Discover Life in America and your estate can take a charitable deduction for the amount of your bequest.
There are several types of bequests that allow you to designate how your estate will be distributed.
Your retirement plan benefits you during your retirement. In the event you pass away, you may name beneficiaries for your plan with funds remaining in your account. Along with family, relatives and friends, a charity, like Discover Life in America, may also be named as the beneficiary.
Retirement fund assets can be great charitable gifts because of the tax implications to your non-charitable beneficiaries. Most retirement plans are income tax-deferred, meaning you do not pay income tax on the funds contributed to your plan or on the growth of the assets within the fund. However, you are responsible for paying the tax when the funds are distributed. Your beneficiary is also required to pay the income tax that has not been paid. Charitable organizations, like Discover Life in America, are tax-exempt and not liable for the unpaid taxes. If you name Discover Life in America as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, the full amount of your gift will be used for effective conservation action. To name Discover Life in America as a beneficiary, contact your plan administrator and request a beneficiary change form.
Discover Life in America accepts gifts of life insurance, either as the beneficiary of a policy or as the sole owner and sole beneficiary.
You can name Discover Life in America as primary beneficiary of your life insurance policy or as contingent beneficiary should your other beneficiaries not survive you. After your lifetime, the benefits from your policy pass to Discover Life in America free of federal estate tax. To change your beneficiaries to Discover Life in America, contact your insurance carrier and request a beneficiary change form.
Make an Outright Gift of a Paid-up Insurance Policy
You can donate your paid-up life insurance policy to Discover Life in America. If the policy has cash value, Discover Life in America has the option of either holding the policy until the maturity date or surrendering the policy in order to receive the policy’s current cash value.
Another way you can include Discover Life in America in your estate plan is by designating us as the beneficiary of a financial account, including a bank or brokerage account, or an asset, such as a certificate of deposit. All you need to do is complete a beneficiary designation form (often called a transfer-on-death or pay-on-death form) provided by the financial institution. After your lifetime, the asset passes directly to Discover Life in America allowing us to continue our environmental conservation work
You can make a donation to Discover LIfe in America at anytime. We accept and appreciate all support of this great project. Without your generosity, we would not be able to pursue our goals of discovery and education.