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Jim Ganahl

Jim GanahlJim 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 witnessed, firsthand, as the natural world around him has been compromised.

Jim grew up hiking, camping and skiing amidst the developing landscape of Southern California. His grandparents lived nearby on a ranch adjacent to the Cleveland National Forest, at the base of a 4,000-foot mountain. From the ranch, he could see mountains over 10,000 feet tall, and when he climbed to the top of the nearest peak, he could see the whole San Bernardino Valley to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south.

"One summer," he says, "my father had my twin brother I fix the irrigation pipes that drew water from the National Forest to our ranch. We used our water rights to fill a reservoir during the rainy winter with enough water to irrigate the orange trees throughout the rest of the year."

"It was especially hot where we were working in the canyon, but there was a collecting pool in the shade of a sycamore at the top of the pipeline. One day, while taking a drink from the pool, I looked up and saw a mule deer standing in the shade ten feet from me. I had never been so close to a deer before. After that experience, I paid more attention to the birds, animals and plants. I'll never forget the yucca in bloom and the carpets of acorns under the live oaks."

By 1968, when Jim was a high school senior, he could no longer see mountaintops across the valley, and it was hard to breathe after football practice. The smog in the valley had become so bad that it was killing the pine trees and orange trees.

"In the end," he says, "I left Southern California because I couldn't see the stars anymore. When I was young, living in a small town fifty miles from Los Angeles, the night sky was still a black canvas painted with millions and millions of stars. Now, even in Northern Minnesota, most of those stars have disappeared thanks to light pollution and air pollution. Even the Milky Way has disappeared."

Today, as a member of the Stegner Society, Jim is committed to protecting land so that future generations can experience the power of nature. He established a charitable gift annuity to support The Trust for Public Land’s work to protect the places he loves well beyond his lifetime.

Thanks to Jim and our other generous donors who have made planned gifts to The Trust for Public Land, future generations will have the opportunity to experience the peace and wonderment that nature inspired in him as a child.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to The 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.

able to be changed or cancelled

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 The 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 The 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 The 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 The Trust for Public Land where you agree to make a gift to The 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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