Planned Giving

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Secure a Legacy in Forest Conservation

Creating a Legacy with the Foundation for Sustainable Forests can simultaneously carry forward your conservation and management goals for the region, plan for your and your loved ones' futures, and secure the future of the FSF and the forests it protects in perpetuity.

"Planned" or "legacy" gifts are contributions of cash, equity, or land that are arranged in the present and granted at a future date, most often donated through a will or trust. There are many ways to secure your legacy:


  • Name the Foundation for Sustainable Forests in your Will or Living Trust. You can specify your bequest to the Foundation for Sustainable Forests as a dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or a specific asset such as real estate or securities. This approach offers a great deal of flexibility to you, the donor, because your assets remain in your control during your lifetime and you can modify your bequest at any time.


  • Designate the Foundation for Sustainable Forests as a Beneficiary of your IRA or Pension Plan. By naming the FSF as a beneficiary of your retirement assets, you are supporting the FSF's mission through a revocable commitment. In addition, your distribution of assets to a nonprofit entity can also reduce income tax liability at the time of distribution.


  • Set up a qualified charitable distribution. IRA owners who are age 70 1/2 or older can make a tax-free charitable contribution to the Foundation for Sustainable Forests via directed donation to the Crawford Heritage Community Foundation.  *Note that due to the impacts of Covid-19, there will be no mandatory distributions during the 2020 tax year under the CARES Act- no matter the age of the account owner.  Also under the CARES Act, charitable contributions may exceed the typical annual limit of $100,000.*


  • Gifts of Real Estate.   Gifts of forested land that can serve as sustainable working woodlands in perpetuity will directly further the mission of the Foundation for Sustainable Forests to conserve forested land in the region. Visit our Forest Conservation Planning page for more information.


If you are interested in discussing your Planned Giving options, please contact Annie Maloney at [email protected] or call (814) 694-5830.