A charitable bequest is a future gift to a charity made in your will. A gift in your will to The Nature Trust of British Columbia (legal name) is an effective way to support your interest in land conservation after your death. We encourage you to speak with your legal advisor when creating or modifying your will.
Please let us know that you have created a bequest so that we can thank you and recognize you as a visionary. As a visionary, you are someone who shares our vision to conserve BC’s rich diversity of living things and ecosystem processes.
Why Leave a Legacy to The Nature Trust of BC
From the tree-covered coast and dry interior grasslands to rushing rivers and lush wetlands, British Columbia provides a wealth of habitat supporting a spectacular array of living things.
The food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink depend on the health of our environment.
The Nature Trust of BC is a champion of sustaining nature in BC. We have developed a unique level of expertise over the past four decades. We have a strong track record of accomplishments and fiscal management.
Since 1971, The Nature Trust of BC along with our partners has secured over 70,000 hectares (175,000 acres) of critical habitat across the province for wildlife, plants and fish and made a real difference in the lives of all British Columbians.
How Your Gift Will Help
The Nature Trust of BC acquires private land through purchase, donation and lease. We then care for this land in order to protect the natural diversity of wildlife, plants, fish and their critical habitats.
Just a few examples of our work include the Englishman River on Vancouver Island, Boundary Bay which is vital for migrating birds, the Adams River renowned for its salmon run, the Antelope Brush Conservation Area in the Okanagan, and the Hoodoos in the East Kootenay
Creating a bequest in your will to The Nature Trust of BC is a long-term investment in our mission. It will also result in a tax receipt to your estate that can be used to offset 100% of the net income on your final tax return with excess amounts applied to taxes from the previous year.
Anyone Can Leave a Legacy to Nature
Making a bequest to The Nature Trust of British Columbia is simple to do. A charitable bequest provides you with flexibility and can be modified or updated.
Over the years we have received gifts large and small. All are important. By adding The Nature Trust of BC in your will, you will leave a legacy and ensure we continue the good work that you admire and support.
Different Types of Gifts
There are many options you can use to make a gift including cash, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, RRSPs/RIFs, personal property or real estate.
Generally it is preferred if your gift is undesignated so that the funds can be used where they are most needed. However if you prefer to designate your gift, in other words, specify how the funds will be used such as land acquisition in a specific region or land management on a specific property or to the endowment, we would be happy to discuss this with you.
Sample Bequest Wording
When remembering The Nature Trust in your will, the correct legal name is The Nature Trust of British Columbia.
“I give to The Nature Trust of British Columbia, currently of #260—1000 Roosevelt Crescent, North Vancouver, BC V7P 3R4, the residue of my estate (or a percentage of the residue) to be used in such a manner as the Board of Directors of The Nature Trust of British Columbia shall, in its sole discretion, determine.”
“I give to The Nature Trust of British Columbia, currently of #260—1000 Roosevelt Crescent, North Vancouver, BC V7P 3R4, the sum of $ ________ to be used in such a manner as the Board of Directors of The Nature Trust of British Columbia shall, in its sole discretion, determine.”
Percentage of Estate
“I give to The Nature Trust of British Columbia, currently of #260—1000 Roosevelt Crescent, North Vancouver, BC V7P 3R4, ______ % of my estate to be used in such a manner as the Board of Directors of The Nature Trust of British Columbia shall, in its sole discretion, determine.”
Become a Visionary and Leave Your Lasting Legacy to Nature
By making a planned future gift to The Nature Trust of BC, you will leave a living legacy to nature. Your commitment will be recognized through our Visionary program which includes receiving copies of our semiannual newsletter, annual report, and invitations to events.
Bequests are personal matters. We encourage you to visit a lawyer or notary before finalizing your will.