Gifts & Estate Planning

“I give back to organizations that support the things that keep me alive – plants, animals, soil, water, and air.” - Dixie Mullineaux, Shared Earth Society member

Charitable gifts included as part of your estate can be a wonderful way to provide lasting support for the planet.  These gifts allow you to help us defend the environment while minimizing taxes and settlement costs and conserving more of your estate for loved ones.

Make Friends of the Earth part of your life story by naming us in you will, trust, retirement plans, or financial accounts. Anyone can make a bequest, and every gift makes a difference.

Getting started is easier than you think:

To make it straightforward and easy for you to begin writing your will, we’ve partnered with
FreeWill. Click here to start the process of writing your will at no cost to you. Including a gift to Friends of the Earth is a powerful way to provide lasting support for the planet for decades
to come.

This tool is free to you whether you choose to include a gift to Friends of the Earth or not, and
can be used to create a fully valid legal will or guide you through planning your will before
finding a lawyer near you.

Have you already made a gift through your estate plans? Please let us know so we can welcome you to our Shared Earth Society.

If you do decide to include Friends of the Earth in your estate plans, here is some suggested wording you can bring to your attorney:

“After taking care of all expenses, debts, and other specific provisions, I give, devise, and bequeath ___% of the rest and residue [or $___ if a specific amount] to Friends of the Earth, a Washington, DC charitable organization [Tax ID# 23-7420660] currently having offices at 1101 15th St, NW, Washington, DC 20005.”

For complimentary estate planning brochures or for more information at no obligation please contact our Planned Giving Manager, Anna Babcock, at (202) 222-0716 or [email protected].

Other Planned Gifts

Many supporters make tax-wise gifts of stock that have grown in value.  These contributions provide a charitable income tax deduction and reduce future taxes at the same time.

If you are 72 or older, you can make a tax-free gift from your IRA to support Friends of the Earth.  Retirees who don’t need the income from required minimum distributions may instead choose to make a charitable gift directly from an IRA without incurring income tax on the withdrawal.

To learn how these or other options might work in your situation, please contact our membership department toll free at 1-866-217-8499.