Planned Giving

Be a Part of Our Bright Future

If you would like to extend your support of Think Wild to make a lasting impact, you can choose from several gift arrangements.

Whether you would like to put your donation to work today or benefit us after your lifetime, you can find a charitable plan that lets you provide for your family and support Think Wild.

You can direct your gift to a particular program, such as the Wildlife Rehabilitation Enclosures and Care, or use your gift to create a new initiative. We will work with you to understand what you want for your legacy and design a gift opportunity to achieve that.

On this site you can find information on a number of ways to support Think Wild. If you find something that interests you and fulfills your estate planning needs and you want to talk about the impact your gift could have, please get started with Sally Compton at [email protected].

Consider giving during your lifetime in these five areas:

IRA Distributions
Make your distribution go further by bequeathing to Think Wild, as distributions contributed to a charity are not taxed.

Real Estate and Appreciated Stock
Contribute stocks, real estate (or other assets) to a Charitable Trust and avoid paying capital gains taxes while creating a current income stream.You also have the option of gifting the income stream to Think Wild and having the assets go to your heirs in the future.

Charitable Remainder and Lead Trusts
Create a remainder trust that pays an income stream now, with the remainder passing to Think Wild from your estate. A lead trust will allow you to see the benefit to Think Wild during your lifetime, through a trust that pays income to Think Wild, with the principal retained for your beneficiaries.

Making a Bequest
Perhaps the most straightforward planned-giving option is to make a bequest in your will. Regardless of your age or financial status, a will is essential to ensure that your property is distributed according to your wishes instead of the arbitrary laws of the state in which you live.

Bequests made through your will may take various forms:

Specific Bequest: Directs a specific dollar gift or property to pass to Think Wild.

Percentage Bequest: Designates a percentage of the total value of the estate as a gift to Think Wild.

Residual Bequest: Directs that Think Wild receive the remainder of the estate, or a portion of the remainder, after all expenses and other bequests have been made.

A bequest to Think Wild is not subject to federal or estate taxes, and there’s no limit on the amount of the deduction. Most importantly, your bequest will help ensure the organization’s ability to provide care and protection for wildlife in future years.


Discuss the giving areas above and options that work for your lifestyle and situation with Think Wild's Certified Financial Planner. Contact [email protected] to get started.

We offer this chart below as a helpful reference. Click on the image to view more closely in PDF.