Your Glacier Legacy
How will you remember Glacier?
Think of Glacier Park and images of its clear blue waters, expansive vistas, and abundant wildlife immediately spring to mind. It’s how we remember Glacier when we’re not in the park, and it’s how we want to leave it for the next generation. Leaving a legacy gift to Glacier National Park Conservancy is an opportunity to honor what is close to your heart, and to ensure the park remains a beloved treasure for future generations. A legacy gift makes a lasting impact beyond your lifetime and commemorates your special connection to Glacier, to help the park thrive far into the future.
There are many ways to make a planned gift to the Glacier Conservancy which allow donors to maintain access to income during their lifetime, and allows the Glacier Conservancy to build capital to ensure we can continue our work protecting and preserving Glacier National Park.
A Gift in Your Will or Living Trust
By including a bequest to the Glacier Conservancy in your will or living trust, you are helping to secure the future of our organization. This simple way to make a very meaningful gift entitles your estate to an unlimited federal estate tax charitable deduction.
If you’ve included a gift to the Glacier Conservancy in your estate plan, please let us know of your intentions. This will guarantee that your wishes are carried out after your lifetime.
Charitable Remainder Trust or CRT
By transferring assets to a charitable remainder trust, you receive an immediate tax deduction and lifetime income for you or a named beneficiary. You may also reduce or avoid capital gains taxes on the gifted asset. Eventually, when the trust term is complete, the remaining assets are distributed to the Glacier Conservancy.
Charitable Gift Annuity
This is the most common type of planned gift. You can make a charitable gift and you and/or someone you designate can receive lifetime income. The remainder goes to the Glacier Conservancy upon your passing, potentially reducing and deferring capital gains tax, and reducing probate costs and estate taxes. A portion of your initial gift may be tax-deductible, and a portion of the fixed payments is tax free.
Charitable Lead Trust or CLT
This type of charitable trust pays income to one or more charitable organizations, typically for a period of years, after which the remaining trust assets pass to family members.
A Gift of Retirement Account Assets or Life Insurance
If you have a life insurance policy that you no longer need, you can turn the policy into a charitable, tax-deductible gift by naming the Glacier Conservancy as a partial or full beneficiary of an existing policy. The gift is easy to make, simply request a change of beneficiary form from your insurance company. You can still make annual tax-deductible contributions to cover the policy’s annual premium, or if the policy is paid up, you will receive an immediate tax deduction in an amount equal to the policy’s cash surrender value.
Stocks Bonds and Mutual Funds
Many gifts of appreciated securities such as stocks, bonds, and mutual funds provide a full deduction for the full fair market value of the donated asset. If you have owned securities for more than one year and the fair market value has increased since you purchased them, you can avoid capital gains tax and receive a charitable income tax deduction equal to the fair market value.
Please contact Doug Mitchell, Executive Director