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Your planned giving supports Florida’s future

There are several ways of making a planned gift to the Florida Wildlife Federation, customized to your situation, but all gratefully appreciated by the Federation. Gifts that are unrestricted provide the Florida Wildlife Federation maximum flexibility to meet critical needs.

Gift and Estate Planning

Planned giving, such as by a will, trust, or annuity, is vital to the long-term viability of the Florida Wildlife Federation. By taking the initiative to consider a special gift to Florida Wildlife Federation you can sustain the next generation of Florida’s priceless wildlife, create your own lasting wildlife legacy, “give back” to Florida, and join dedicated conservation supporters to maintain the Federation’s conservation leadership.

The Florida Wildlife Federation, Inc., is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt, non-profit corporation, working for the protection, enjoyment, and wise use of Florida’s fish and wildlife and other natural resources. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

The most familiar planned gift is the bequest in a will. It is a simple transfer of funds or property directly through the administration of your estate. While surprisingly many people do not take time to create a will, creating a will and bequest is fairly easy to do. If you plan to create a will, or already have a will and wish to benefit Florida Wildlife Federation via an amendment (known as a codicil), we recommend the following language: 

“I bequeath to the Florida Wildlife Federation, a non-for-profit organization (EIN 59-1398265) located in Tallahassee, Florida the sum of $_____________ (alternatively: “_________% of my residuary estate) for the unrestricted purposes of the organization.” 

Other ways to give include making the Florida Wildlife Federation the beneficiary of your retirement account, life insurance policy, or appreciated investments.  Many people no longer have use of their insurance policies, and once again the process to turn them into a gift to Florida Wildlife Federation is simple.  Simply contact your agent and change the beneficiary to Florida Wildlife Federation. 

There are even more ways to customize your legacy gift to the Florida Wildlife Federation. Both Charitable Gift Annuities and Charitable Trusts may be used and may carry significant tax benefits. Please discuss these options with your financial advisor.

Gifts of stock or other assets to the Florida Wildlife Federation are welcome. For information about how to make a gift this way, please contact Sarah Gledhill.

The Florida Wildlife Federation established an endowed scholarship fund at the University of Florida Foundation in 2004 to aid students. The Scholarship Program was initiated by Tim O’Brien, the Federation’s first Eagle Club member, who hopes to motivate other Federation members and the University of Florida alumni to donate to the scholarship endowment fund.

The scholarships are merit-based and focus on students pursuing a career in fish and wildlife conservation, research, or related fields and are awarded each year in April. You may make your contribution directly through the UF Foundation’s website. The fund number for the FWF Scholarship Fund is 013403.

Donations can also be made by sending a check payable to the University of Florida Foundation and noting on the check that the donation is for the Florida Wildlife Federation Scholarship Fund #013403. The address is University of Florida Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 110170, Gainesville, FL 32611-0170.

Your contribution keeps Florida wild