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Did you know that it's possible to turn your real estate into a gift for nature? This tool will show you how you can meet your real estate needs — and your philanthropic ones as well.

Our guide covers gifts of real estate that donors give us permission to sell to support our work. If you wish to inquire about The Nature Conservancy protecting your property, please contact your local Nature Conservancy office.

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How Real Estate Gifts Work:

  • You deed your property (e.g., home, vacation home, commercial building or investment property) to the Conservancy.
  • The Conservancy will sell the property and use the proceeds for our programs.
  • You can also donate your property to the Conservancy through your estate plan or in exchange for a life-income gift or a retained life estate.

A gift of real estate is appropriate for you if:

  • You hold residential, commercial or undeveloped real estate that has risen in value, which you no longer wish to maintain, or that you are interested in donating after your lifetime.
  • You are concerned about rising real estate taxes and the capital gains cost of selling the property.
  • The Conservancy concludes the property is marketable.
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These types of gifts may help you:

  • Avoid the hassle of selling your real estate.
  • Dispose of a real estate investment that is no longer performing well.
  • Settle the issue of what will happen to your real estate after your lifetime.
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These types of gifts may help you:

  • Receive income payments that are variable, but might grow to offset inflation.
  • Have the security of income payments that are fixed, but guaranteed for life.
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These types of gifts may help you:

  • Reduce or eliminate capital gains taxes on the sale.
  • Reduce income taxes.
  • Reduce estate taxes.
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Gift Type I'd like to reduce my owner responsibilities. I'd like to receive supplemental income. I'd like to reduce my taxes. I'm not interested in benefits. I'd just like to give a gift of property outright.
Outright Gift of Property Yes   Yes Yes

How It Works:

  • You deed your real estate to the Conservancy.
  • The Conservancy sells the property and uses the proceeds to support our mission.

Benefits:

  • You are entitled to an income tax deduction for the full fair market value of the property.
  • No capital gains tax will be owed on the property's appreciation, so the full value of your property is available to support the Conservancy.

    Restriction:
    Property value must be at least $100,000 to meet our acceptance guidelines.

Read how Garland and Suzanne Marshall solved their real estate needs through an outright gift.

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Gift Through Your Will     Yes  

How It Works:

  • You name the Conservancy as the recipient of your property in your will or revocable trust.
  • The Conservancy receives the property at your death, sells it and applies the proceeds to support our mission.

Benefits:

  • Your assets remain available to you during your lifetime to cope with any unexpected needs that might arise.
  • Real estate donated in your will or living trust will receive an estate tax deduction equal to the value of the property, meaning no estate tax will be owed on the property you leave to The Nature Conservancy. (However, you do not receive an income tax deduction for a bequest.)

Find out how Sheri and Gene Tepper's bequest of property will help protect the natural places they deeply love.

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Charitable Remainder Trust Yes Yes Yes  

How It Works:

  • A trust is established in your name and you donate appreciated real estate into the trust.
  • You designate beneficiaries to receive payments for life, or for a fixed term not to exceed 20 years.
  • When the trust is set up, you choose a percent payout. The minimum that you can choose is 5 percent.
  • The trust sells the real estate (no capital gains taxes will be realized) and invests the proceeds in a diversified portfolio of stocks and bonds.
  • After a certain date, or a "triggering event" established in the trust, the payments become a set percentage of the fair market value of the trust, as it is revalued each year.
  • After the lifetime of the income beneficiaries, or at the end of a term of years, your gift becomes available to The Nature Conservancy to support top conservation priorities or a program you designate.

Benefits:

  • The payments you or your designated beneficiaries receive have the potential to grow. This growth potential may serve to buffer the payments against inflation.
  • No capital gains tax will be owed on the property's appreciation, so the full value of your property is available to generate payments.
  • You are entitled to an immediate income tax deduction equal to a percentage of your contribution to the unitrust.
  • As your financial situation changes, you can make additional gifts to the trust and qualify for additional tax deductions and increased trust payments.
  • You can make a significant gift to the Conservancy, while still providing for your current financial needs.

Restrictions:

  • You cannot occupy or otherwise use the property once the gift is made.
  • The value of the trust, and therefore the payments you receive, will vary from year to year.
  • Property value must be at least $100,000 to meet our acceptance guidelines.
  • Beneficiaries must be age 50 or older or choose a term trust.

Betty Anne Schenk found a simple solution that allowed her to sell her property, support the Conservancy and receive lifetime income. Find out how.

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Contingent Charitable Gift Annuity Yes Yes Yes  

How It Works:

  • You own real estate that you would consider donating to the Conservancy in exchange for lifetime income.
  • Prior to accepting the gift, the Conservancy markets the property and identifies a buyer who is willing and able to purchase the property.
  • You donate your property to the Conservancy in exchange for fixed annual payments paid by the Conservancy to you or up to two beneficiaries that you name.
  • After the lifetime of the income beneficiaries, the annuity's remaining principal becomes available to support the work of The Nature Conservancy.

Benefits:

  • You are relieved of the responsibilities of owning and selling the property.
  • You are entitled to an income tax deduction equal to a percentage of the fair market value of the property.
  • Your annuity is an obligation of The Nature Conservancy and is backed by the organization's full faith and credit.
  • A portion of your annuity is taxed as ordinary income, a portion is taxed as capital gain, and a portion may be tax free.
  • You can make a generous gift to the Conservancy, while still providing for your financial needs.

Restrictions:

  • Your gift is contingent upon the Conservancy finding a buyer for the property at a price that would produce an annuity (annual payment) amount satisfactory to you.
  • The annuity will be based on the prospective buyer's contractual commitment as well as the rate recommendation of the American Council on Gift Annuities. This compensates the Conservancy for assuming the costs and risks of accepting and selling the property.
  • The payment you receive is fixed and therefore vulnerable to erosion by inflation.
  • Annuities are only available for one or two lives and not for a term of years.
  • Property value must be at least $100,000 to meet our acceptance guidelines.
  • Beneficiaries must be 50 or older at the time payments begin.

Read how Vasanti Fithian's gift benefited both her and a rare species on Kaua'i.

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Retained Life Estate     Yes  

How It Works:

  • You deed your personal residence, second home, farm, or ranch to the Conservancy, but retain a "life estate" (the right to use it for the rest of your life or for a term of years) for yourself and/or others.
  • You continue living in the property for the rest of your life, during which time you are responsible for taxes, insurance, and maintenance.
  • At the end of your life, the Conservancy assumes full ownership of the property, sells it, and uses the proceeds to support our mission.

Benefits:

  • You receive an income tax deduction for a part of the appraised value of your property.
  • If at any time you find that you no longer wish to live in your home, you can give up your life estate and receive an additional income tax deduction.
  • You can donate your home to the Conservancy, but continue to live in it.

Restrictions:

  • Property must be a residence, a farm, or a ranch.
  • Property cannot be your principal asset.
  • Property value must be at least $100,000 to meet our acceptance guidelines.

Read how Adele Erisman gave her house to the Conservancy but retained the use of it for the rest of her life.

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Visit our gift planning website for more ways to achieve your philanthropic and financial goals, or learn more about making a gift of real estate to the Conservancy.

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