By making a planned gift, you ensure that the Valley Conservation Council will continue its critical work for years to come.
In addition, some planned gifts will provide income during your lifetime while others will help transfer assets and reduce or eliminate tax burdens.
Some methods by which you may leave a lasting legacy to VCC include:
- Remember VCC in your will. You may name VCC as a beneficiary in your will. You may specify a particular purpose to be supported through a bequest (e.g., to establish a memorial fund, an endowment fund, or a program fund) or you may wish to designate its purpose as unrestricted. If you place VCC in your will, please let us know so that we may thank you now for your generosity and add your name to VCC’s Shenandoah Legacy Society.
- Designate VCC as a beneficiary. You may designate VCC as a beneficiary of your employer-provided retirement plan, IRA, life insurance policy, or bank account.
- Provide life-income gifts. A charitable remainder trust (CRT), managed by a trustee of your choice (e.g., a bank trust department), will provide a way of giving to VCC while you retain an income stream for life. When the trust ends, the principal will pass to VCC to fund a purpose selected by you, the donor.
- Donate a gift of securities. Gifts of long-term appreciated stock or mutual funds will offer an efficient way to make a lasting contribution to VCC with tax benefits to you, the donor. A donation of appreciated securities may help you avoid capital gains taxes.
Other methods to contribute to VCC are also available. To determine the most favorable method of making a gift, VCC encourages donors to consult with their financial and legal advisors.
We will be happy to work with you to design a gift or estate plan that will assist VCC with its long-term efforts to protect the agricultural, cultural, and natural resources of the greater Shenandoah Valley region. For more information, please contact us at 540.886.3541 or [email protected].