Leave a Legacy
Hawai’i has a breathtaking variety of uniquely beautiful wildlife that has both local and global significance. These species, however, are in great danger of extinction and will depend on the services of the Hawai’i Wildlife Center and partners like you for survival.
Planned giving will provide you with the opportunity of providing continued support for hands-on care for Hawai’i’s precious wildlife as well as quality education programs for residents and visitors alike. Your gift will be used to save the lives of endangered birds, train aspiring wildlife rescuers, and touch the lives of residents and visitors alike, both young and old. In addition, your charitable contribution may also have great tax advantages. Please consult with your tax advisor for specific details about tax benefits generated from planned giving.
Gifts of Assets
In addition to outright cash contributions, the Hawai’i Wildlife Center also accepts gifts of assets, which may include:
- Life Insurance Policies
- Personal Property
Securities, including publicly traded stocks, mutual funds, treasury notes, and closely held stock may provide a means for long-lasting contribution for wildlife protection, rehabilitation and public education. Also, you may also list the HWC as a beneficiary on your life insurance policy, or donate personal items. Please contact the HWC with specific questions regarding these types of gifts and consult with your financial advisor to ensure the best tax benefit available to you.
Wills and Bequests
A will is an extremely importantly legal document that will ensure your assets are distributed according to your wishes. Including the Hawai’i Wildlife Center in your will ensures continued support for Hawai’i’s endangered wildlife and cultural values. You may specify the amount and extent of assets designated for the HWC after all friends and family members have been taken care of.
For those individuals who already have executed their wills or estate plans, amendments can be done relatively easily through a codicil. Below are sample codicil language that may be used to amend your will, should you chose to include the HWC. We encourage you to seek the counsel of your attorney when deciding on using a codicil.
Example codicil language:
“I give, devise, and bequeath to the Hawai’i Wildlife Center for its general purposes* all [or state a fraction or percentage] of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, both real or personal.”
“I give, devise, and bequeath to the Hawai’i Wildlife Center the sum of $___________ to be used for the general purposes* of the Hawai’i Wildlife Center.”
*You may also specify endowments, special uses, and/or restrictions in addition to or instead of general purposes
An important note: please inform us when you decide on including the HWC in your will. We would like to be able to acknowledge your generosity properly.