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Honoring the legacy of Catherine “Kay” Coates

Longtime supporter and volunteer Kay Coates created a TPL legacy to support the projects and programs she cared about most using her IRA. More

Linda Tabor Beck

Linda Tabor Beck with Jane GoodallLinda Tabor Beck was able to support the Next Generation of Land Fellows by making a gift today to support the conservation professionals just starting their career, while her planned gift will carry on her legacy to ensure our conservation work has boots on the ground for generations to come. More

I Ling Thompson

I Ling Thompson“I saw the Gresham Challenge as a powerful way to double my impact and invest in the next generation of storytellers who will carry the mission into the future.” More

Chris Sawyer

Chris Sawyer“It’s easy to convince oneself of how important one is in the everyday world of business, careers, family scheduling, club, pleasures, money, and the like, all very important, and all important to living life. But the overarching perspective becomes skewed if that is all one experiences.” More

Julie Parish

Julie Parish“This heartbreaking, terrifying pandemic has challenged me to face my own mortality and the fragility and uncertainty of life. It’s motivated me to realign my life and my philanthropy with my values. Procrastination is no longer acceptable—enter the Gresham Challenge.” More

Chris Lea

“While I plan on giving regularly to Trust for Public Land, I have some satisfaction knowing that upon my death I will make a meaningful contribution to the organization.” More

Ron and Rebecca Gafford

“When the Gresham Challenge project surfaced, we felt it was time for us to make a more significant gift to Trust for Public Land and to help to close out this challenge gift.” More

Ralph and Ree Edwards

Ralph and Ree Edwards“But what about the future? This is the pressing big question that needs addressing and I believe Trust for Public Land has proven to have that capability.” More

Michael Banks

“If you really want to leave a lasting legacy to future generations in Colorado—wildlands conservation should be your cause. Colorado is being rapidly reshaped, and these conservation opportunities will not be with us just a generation from now.” More

John Shepard and Suzanne Brunz

John Shepard and Suzanne Brunz"Though we haven't yet been convinced that we're not still decades away from giving up the ghost, Suzanne and I had begun thinking about planned giving through conversations with our financial advisor. The Gresham Challenge seemed like a wonderful opportunity…" More

Steve Horowitz

Steve Horowitz"This challenge offered me a chance to not only support an organization I am deeply committed to, but to unlock even more support through my planned gift—ensuring this important work will continue well into the future." More

Tom Holloway

Tom Holloway"The Future is famously without a vote, and it shows. If it is to have a voice, it needs some proxy voters from the Present. My planned gift was a small exercise of that franchise." More

David Berkowitz

David Berkowitz"Mr. Gresham's intention of using his estate to invest in public space motivated me. I never met him or even knew of him prior to hearing of the challenge. His deeming that public lands and parks were his family and wanting them to thrive and grow resonated with me." More

Patricia Barmeyer

Patricia Barmeyer"I had been thinking about joining the Stegner Society for several years, but in light of my young age (early 70s!) and good health, I didn't feel any great urgency to get it done. Then I learned of the Gresham Challenge, which really motivated me to take action and do it!" More

Chris Applequist

Chris Applequist"Like most people, estate planning is something that I personally have not spent much time researching. However, after learning about the specifics of the Gresham Challenge and the benefits that it can provide, I decided that it was an opportunity I needed to seriously consider." More

Charles Gresham

Charles GreshamA man who chose to travel by foot instead of motor vehicle and rarely purchased new clothes, Charles exemplified a sustainable lifestyle long before it was fashionable. A humble and giving man, Charles collected leftovers from restaurants for homeless neighbors and was often mistaken as homeless himself. More

Kim Morss

When you make a gift to Trust for Public Land in your will or living trust, you join a growing number of visionary supporters committed to protecting land and creating parks for future generations. Supporters like Kim Morss, an inspirational wife, mother, grandmother, and community leader. More

Liz and Harry White

Liz and Harry WhiteLiz and Harry White cherish the protected lands and parks of New York and New England, where they have found nature, recreation, community-making, art, and spirituality. To grow their own conservation legacy, the Whites have included The Trust for Public Land in their two-step estate plan. More

Kel Rossiter

Kel RossiterFor Kel Rossiter, access to public lands isn’t important just for him. Operating and guiding with Adventure Spirit Rock+Ice+Alpine in the Northeast, he has built his career around inspiring people to get outdoors and connect with nature. More

Dr. George Sardina

Dr. George SardinaWhile there are substantial tax benefits to providing for The Trust for Public Land through an estate plan, there are also powerful intangible incentives. Just ask Dr. George Sardina… More

Will and Anne Smart

Will and Anne SmartTo Will and Anne Smart, loving nature means working to ensure that every child can enjoy being outdoors. Recently, they took the step to champion outdoor access for others by making a legacy gift to The Trust for Public Land....  More

Jim Ganahl

Jim Ganahl Jim Ganahl, a Minnesota musician with Southern California roots, wants to protect the natural places that he loves. Since childhood, he has experienced the power of nature, and he has watched, firsthand, as the natural world around him...  More

Joan Seear

Joan Seear When Joan was a young girl, she dreamt of working in the outdoors. She grew up in Long Island, NY, three houses down from a farm, where she drove her neighbor's tractor and deepened her connection to nature. More

Lisa Cashdan and Peter Stein

Lisa Cashdan and Peter Stein In 1975, Peter and Lisa began a close, lifelong relationship with the Trust for Public Land, each contributing in different ways throughout the years. With the organization just a few years old, they joined a small team and began working side by side... More

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Trust for Public Land a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

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I hereby give to The Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit California public benefit corporation with business address of 101 Montgomery Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, California 94104, and with a tax identification number of 23-7222333, the sum of _________ dollars [or otherwise describe the gift or assets] for its general purposes and use at the discretion of The Trust for Public Land's Board of Directors.

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A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Trust for Public Land or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate, or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property, or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Trust for Public Land as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Trust for Public Land as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Trust for Public Land where you agree to make a gift to Trust for Public Land and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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