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"From childhood, I have always loved animals and Africa, but I never imagined that I would ever visit through anything but many books and documentaries. Fortunately, my children always loved travel and wildlife as much as I did." More

More Than Just a Gift…Queenelle Minet

Earlier this year, Queenelle Minet fulfilled a lifelong dream to go on safari, returning just as COVID-19 stopped travel. See how this experience impacted her, and how she and her partner, Rob, are creating a secure future for AWF and themselves. More

Lifelong Love of WildlifeDr. R. Matilde Mésavage

Dr. R. Matilde Mésavage’s captivation with animals, and interest in African wildlife, started at a young age. See how she came to know AWF and the unique way she is supporting our work. More

My Own Africa SongWallace Cackowski

For Wallace Cackowski, Africa is a special place. His experiences there, and his love of Africa's wildlife, inspired him to make a gift that will preserve it for generations to come. More

Gary Baxel: Why I Support AWFGary Baxel

AWF supporter Gary Baxel shares why the lifesaving work of the African Wildlife Foundation is important to him and how he is furthering his support to protect wildlife from extinction with a legacy gift. More

Kathryn Johnson: "The Dust of Africa Never Leaves Your Shoes"Kathryn Johnson

Kate Johnson's interest in Africa developed in the 1990s. While at first Africa had seemed too big, and travel too difficult to arrange, when a forest-ranger friend from Ireland planned a "crazily inexpensive" tour for a small group, she decided to take the plunge. More

Africa as a Catalyst for Realizing DreamsSue Orloff

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. More

Most Incredible Continent on EarthSandi Rosencrans

Jane Fouser’s wish to volunteer at the zoo finally came true after retirement. It was here that her passion for Africa ignited. As a docent, she obtained extensive information about the animals, many of which were African species. Volunteering for Dr. Travis, Jane assisted on projects related to chimpanzees in Tanzania’s Gombe National Park and to mountain gorillas with the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project in Rwanda. More

The Next Best Thing to Being in AfricaSandi Rosencrans

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! More

A Passion for All AnimalsJennifer Ritman

Jennifer Ritman has always had a special affinity for animals—and they, for her. For Jennifer, the idea that so few elephants, mountain gorillas, lions and other wildlife exist in the wild was gut-wrenching enough to want to make a legacy gift for their sake. More

Conserving the Very Best of the Planetgeffon

Like many New Yorkers, Billy and Cheryl Geffon's lives changed forever on Sept. 11, 2001. The day began like any other as Billy, a Wall Street money manager, and wife Cheryl, a veteran Newburgh, N.Y., school teacher, left for work. They came home shaken and with a completely new outlook on their priorities. More

Africa: My Love StoryWinand

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to travel across Kenya on an AWF member safari. The trip brought us to many breathtaking landscapes, where we enjoyed spectacular wildlife viewing both at national parks and at local conservancies that AWF helps to support. More

A Return to ParadiseAllen Moss

Silent, save for the rustling of their magnificent bodies against the tall grass, the large herd of elephants passed close by our Land Rover in grace and majesty. The matriarch's gait was slow, almost leisurely. Yet there was a regal sense to her posture; her head held high and straight. She and her group of calves and extended family members moved off into the distance. More

A Passion—and Worry—for AfricaSally Davidson

Growing up in Colorado and California, Sally Davidson cared deeply for animals and was often concerned for their welfare. Circuses in particular bothered her, because she didn’t like the way the animals were being used, and she worried about how they were being treated as they were transported from place to place. More

Melanie Harkness: Africa in Her HeartMelanie Harkness

As an only child, Melanie Harkness (née Gray) spent a lot of time alone, but was rarely lonely. She remembers exploring nature for hours, interacting with the frogs and other creatures she encountered on her long outings. Through this unstructured time, she developed an intimate relationship with nature that molded her for the rest of her life. More

Cynthia Ann Blake: A Legacy of Lionsdonor-ngorongoro-crater-thumb.jpg

Legacy. It is a concept that many don't contemplate until later in life. For some, it can take a lifetime to answer such questions as, "How do I want to be remembered?" "What kind of impact do I want to make on the world after I'm gone?" and "Who should receive my worldly goods when I no longer need them?" Others simply procrastinate when it comes to pondering their mortality. More

Spotlight on AWF Member Candace Ritzdonor-candace-ritz-thumb.jpg

Candace Ritz is not your average 29-year-old. A busy financial planner at a corporate law firm, Ritz has just bought her first home, volunteers for animal welfare organizations all over the world, and is now starting up her own eco-friendly greeting-card business. More

A Shared Legacydonor-susan-glasbrenner-thumb.jpg

Susan Glasbrenner, a peace officer in New York, has never been to Africa, yet she can distinguish a black rhino from a white one and a dikdik from other similar-looking antelopes. From an early age, she learned to recognize the fantastical creatures of a distant continent, not from the back of a... More

What Kilimanjaro Society Members Are Sayingdonor-barbara-babcock-thumb.jpg

"I envision children, no matter how far ahead in the future, having the opportunity I have had to be observed by a silverback gorilla, not through the bars of a cage, but because he chose to stop and turn back on the trail to look at me." More

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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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