Gifts Through Your Will or Living Trust

One of the simplest ways to make a gift to The Nature Conservancy is through your Will or Revocable Living Trust. These gifts provide critical support for the future of the Conservancy and its mission - to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. 

  • Specific Bequest: You can name The Nature Conservancy as the direct beneficiary of a stated amount of money, a particular piece of property or a stated percentage of your estate.

  • Residuary Bequest: You can designate that The Nature Conservancy receive all or a portion of the remainder of your estate once all specific bequests (to family and friends) have been satisfied.

How to Name The Nature Conservancy

Legal Designation: For gifts that will take effect after your lifetime, The Nature Conservancy should be named as:

The Nature Conservancy, a nonprofit corporation, organized and existing under the laws of the District of Columbia, and with principal business address of 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, Virginia 22203-1606. 

Our tax number is 53-0242652.

Use of Gifts

You may specify a particular use for your bequest, such as a state or country program.

If you wish to designate your gift to a state, country, or specific conservation program, please add the following phrase to the wording recommended above:

To be used to further the purposes of The Nature Conservancy in the state of Washington, for example, (or other state or country program).

If you have a more specific purpose in mind, please contact us to ensure that we can meet your wishes.

Tax Savings

Bequests to The Nature Conservancy are deductible from your gross estate and can therefore offer estate tax savings. There is no limit on the amount you can leave to the Conservancy or to other charitable organizations through your Will.

Because of the complexity of estate planning, it is important that your attorney structure your estate and write your Will so as to best carry out your wishes. The Nature Conservancy cannot act as executor of a donor’s estate.

Some people name The Nature Conservancy in their Wills and never let us acknowledge their invaluable support. If you complete your Will and include The Nature Conservancy, we hope you will share this with us. We feel strongly about expressing our gratitude to those supporters who have remembered the Conservancy in such a generous way and inviting them to join Legacy Club.

We would be happy to answer any questions you may have. To discuss legacy giving and/or to order a Legacy Kit, please call or email:

Dan Hoon


Deb Crespin


To make a gift of any kind to the Conservancy is an act of generosity. To make a long-term gift – one derived from the work of a lifetime – is to make a commitment beyond measure.
— John Sawhill, President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy, 1990-2000