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The Next Best Thing to Being in Africa

Sandi Rosencrans

A trip to the zoo as an adult sparked Sandi Rosencrans’ interest in helping Africa’s wildlife. Now she is extending her support with a gift in her will.

If variety is the spice of life, Sandra Rosencrans has packed several lifetimes worth of flavor into her 79 years. She has, after all, been an ad copywriter, TV voice-over actress, U.S. Army officer, chief of public affairs for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Mid-Atlantic Region, bed-and-breakfast proprietor, and even a professional stencil artist!

Through it all, a constant theme for “Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Young Woman of 1970” has been her lifelong love of animals, including Africa’s magnificent wildlife.

Perhaps the moment that solidified her passion for Africa came during a visit to Florida’s Dade County Zoo when she was 25. The zoo’s gorilla exhibit included a “cave” that both gorillas and visitors could access, divided by a pane of plexiglass. Sandra wandered into the cave at the same time as a huge gorilla. He walked toward her and put his hand up to the glass. Sandra did the same. They looked at each other for a few minutes. The gorilla then sat down on a bench that spanned either side of the glass. She followed suit. He put his other hand up to the glass and waited to see if she would do the same. Sandra realized they were having a conversation of sorts.

“It was a life-changing moment,” Sandra recalls. “I had always thought that gorillas and other primates were sentient beings, but this was the first time I had an actual experience that proved it.”

Today, Sandra supports several primate organizations, including AWF for more than 30 years. She has also remembered AWF in her will. She explains: “My involvement with AWF feels like the next best thing to being in Africa. And AWF is not just helping wildlife, but also helping people to live sustainably and in harmony with wildlife. It really is a win–win!”

You can follow in Sandra’s footsteps and support AWF with a gift in your will. Contact Jessica Lindenfelser at 202-939-3322 or to learn how you can make preserving Africa’s wildlife part of your legacy.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the African Wildlife Foundation 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

Bequest Language

"I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to the African Wildlife Foundation [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

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 AWF 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 AWF 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 AWF 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 AWF where you agree to make a gift to AWF 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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