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Africa as a Catalyst for Realizing Dreams

Sue Orloff

"I've come to believe that AWF provides the most effective programs to protect the amazing wildlife of Africa," Sue Orloff says.

Sue Orloff, like many women in their 60s, is fulfilling aspirations about which she had previously only dreamed. It all started when Sue was 22 and spent a year hitchhiking through parts of Africa. She realized then her life path should be work in wildlife conservation. Thirty years later, Sue is a professional wildlife biologist and published author of many articles on endangered species in the U.S.

But, she says, "I always felt one day I would go back to Africa and become involved in conservation efforts to save the species that first inspired me. But I was just getting older and nothing was happening about my African dream."

In 2014, Sue's 12-year-old beloved mutt, Ben, died suddenly in a horrific accident. Aware that she was falling into a depression, she knew only one thing would help.

"I had to go back to Africa—the one place that always soothes me; and it did and more," she says.

On that trip, Sue met a South African wildlife biologist who inspired her.

"I've been looking for a way to give back my whole career, but starting my own nonprofit never even crossed my mind," she says.

Sue knew that effective management measures are based on knowledge of animals and their habitats, but African reserves often lack resources to conduct the requisite studies. She thought, why not give other skilled biologists like herself the opportunity to volunteer their time and expertise to important research projects? And soon afterwards, Biologists without Borders (BWB) was launched.

BWB matches wildlife reserves with specialists who can meet their research needs.

"I have combined my passion for African wildlife and my need to give back with a commitment to support essential research in Africa," Sue says.

A Greater Good

That was only one stage of her plan to contribute to saving Africa's wildlife. Sue had been supporting AWF for years with small annual donations.

But with a recent inheritance, she has now committed a large percentage of her estate to AWF through her living trust. Sue says she feels grateful: "I am just the conduit to pass it along to a greater good, while honoring my parent's love for animals."

We are grateful, too, for Sue's support and acknowledgment of our work.

"Of all the charities supporting African wildlife conservation," she says, "I've come to believe that AWF provides the most effective programs to protect the amazing wildlife of Africa."

Create a Brighter Future for Africa

Like Sue Orloff, you can include a gift in your estate plan to support AWF's efforts. Contact Jessica Lindenfelser at legacygifts@awf.org or 202-939-3322 to learn more.

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