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By including Project Coyote in your estate plans, you can leave a legacy memorializing a lifetime of compassion for wildlife and wildlands.

Project Coyote’s science, education and advocacy efforts, and our core programs work together to help foster respect for and understanding of North America’s apex predators — and through a planned gift to Project Coyote, you can guarantee that your voice for compassionate coexistence carries on.


Preparing a will is important to do today because it ensures that your assets are passed on according to your wishes. A will is a legal document, and you will need to consult a lawyer in drawing and modifying your will. Every state has specific procedures for wills and the distribution of estates that must be followed or your will could be deemed invalid. Without a will, or if your will is invalid, your property and life savings will be distributed according to the laws of your state and without regard to your dreams or goals for a better world.

Your charitable bequest can be (i) a fixed dollar amount; (ii) specific property such as real estate (e.g., residences, farms, unimproved land), stock, or personal property; (iii) a percentage of your total estate, or (iv) the residual of your estate after other bequests are paid.

In addition to a bequest in your will, you can also designate Project Coyote as a beneficiary in your life insurance policy, your retirement account (individual retirement accounts, pension plans, 401(k) plans), and your bank or brokerage accounts (saving accounts, certificates of deposit, money market accounts).


You may name Project Coyote as a beneficiary of your IRA or other qualified retirement plans: a 401(k), 403(b), IRA, Keogh or profit sharing pension plan. Donors should consult with their tax advisor regarding the tax benefits of such gifts. Naming Project Coyote as the beneficiary of a qualified retirement plan asset will accomplish a charitable goal while realizing significant tax savings. It can be costly to convey such assets to individual heirs because of substantial income and estate taxes due on the distribution. By naming Project Coyote, the donor maintains complete control over the asset while living, and at the donor’s death, a portion or all of the remaining principal in the plan passes to support Project Coyote without estate or income taxes.

Making a charitable gift from your retirement plan is easy and should not cost you any attorney fees. Simply request a change of beneficiary form from your plan administrator, complete the form, return it to your plan administrator and send a copy to Project Coyote. We can also assist you with the proper language for your beneficiary designation to Project Coyote, simply contact us.


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