Planned Giving

Join our Legacy Circle - Your legacy gift to Point Reyes National Seashore Association will support projects and programs that preserve and protect Point Reyes National Seashore resources and enrich the visitor experience forever. The vast majority of legacy gifts are made by bequest through a will or trust. We invite you to let us know when you designate Point Reyes National Seashore Association as the beneficiary of your will or trust so we can acknowledge you.  

Types of Assets
Many different types of assets, in addition to cash, can be used to make a legacy gift. PRNSA encourages you to work with your professional advisors or lawyers to help you determine which type of legacy gift is best for you.

Charitable Bequest
Your charitable bequest is the most important type of gift for building Point Reyes National Seashore Association’s future. When received, your bequest will be put to use by Point Reyes National Seashore Association to continue to preserve and protect the park habitat and wildlife, repair and restore trails, provide education opportunities, and preserve historical legacies.

There are four types of bequests for you to consider:

Percentage Bequest
A percentage bequest is most flexible because it allows your gift to appreciate in your will no matter which asset is used.

Example Language
"I give, devise and bequeath to Point Reyes National Seashore Association, tax ID# 94-2228894, a nonprofit corporation of the State of California, located at 1 Bear Valley Road, Bldg 70 Point Reyes Station, Ca 94956, ____% of my estate."

Specific Bequest
A specific bequest of an asset such as a retirement plan results in no income taxes paid on the plan by your estate.

Example Language
"I give, devise and bequeath Point Reyes National Seashore Association to tax ID# 94-2228894, a nonprofit corporation of the State of California, located at 1 Bear Valley Road, Bldg 70 Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Choose one:

1) The sum of $___________."

2) __________ shares of stock in ________________Company.", or

3) my real property commonly known as _________________."

Residual Bequest
Residual bequests are often made after remembering relatives and friends, and usually in combination with a percentage bequest.

Example Language
"I give, devise and bequeath to Point Reyes National Seashore Association, tax ID# 94-2228894, a nonprofit corporation of the State of California, located at 1 Bear Valley Road, Bldg 70 Point Reyes Station, Ca 94956, all the residue of my estate, including real personal property."

Contingent Bequest
Contingent bequest allows you to provide a gift to our organization on contingent on no other beneficiaries are able to accept your bequest.

Example Language
"In the event of the death of any of the beneficiaries, I give, devise and bequeath to Point Reyes National Seashore Association, tax ID# 94-2228894, a nonprofit corporation of the State of California, located at 1 Bear Valley Road, Bldg 70 Point Reyes Station, Ca 94956, (percentage, specific, or residual language as above)."

Beneficiary Designations
In addition, there are many types of legacy gifts you can easily make without incurring the services of your professional advisor. Adding Point Reyes National Seashore Association as a beneficiary to your retirement, savings or other accounts is simple.  All you need to do is fill out your provider’s paperwork for the following gifts:

  • IRA or pension plan
  • Life insurance
  • Stocks and bonds
  • Savings account
  • Checking account

If you would like information about remembering Point Reyes National Seashore Association with your legacy gift please contact Donna Faure, Development Director at (415) 663-1200 x 303 or send an email.