Making a bequest with the Conservancy
             is a way to do my part.   Joe Olkewicz

Joe Olkewicz wanted to leave a gift that would have a lasting impact on the natural world that he cares so deeply about, so he took the simple steps to include The Nature Conservancy in his will.

"Wherever I have lived, I have always done what I can to preserve the natural places I love. Whether I'm out picking up litter on the beach or volunteering to create nature trails, I like to be involved. I chose to leave a charitable bequest because it allowed me to support the Conservancy in a way that I'm not able to do now."

"We all have to do something to make a difference, especially when it comes to protecting nature."

What if you could solidify your legacy today by supporting our work tomorrow?


A gift through your estate can one day help us carry out our work to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends.

If you have considered making a gift through your estate to support nature in the future but would like more information, you can let us know and one of our team members will contact you.

You can also share with us if you have already included The Nature Conservancy in your estate plan.


What are the benefits of making a gift through your estate?

  • Perpetuate your values. Your will or trust allows you to create a legacy that reflects the values you hold dear.
  • Retain control of your assets during your lifetime. You can modify your bequest if your circumstances change.
  • Take advantage of tax laws that help preserve your estate assets. A well-designed plan can result in your estate paying less tax, allowing you to leave more for your beneficiaries.

If you've already named the Conservancy in your plans, please let us know.

What are the ways to give through your estate plan?

It's easy—you can name the Conservancy as a beneficiary of specific assets, a portion of your estate or your residual estate. The following assets provide an easy and tax-efficient way to make a bequest and the flexibility to be modified if your circumstances change:

  • Retirement plan such as an IRA, 401(k) or 403(b)
  • Life insurance policy
  • Financial accounts such as a bank or brokerage account or a certificate of deposit (CD)

Contact us about leaving your legacy today.

You can also call us at (877) 812-3698, or email us at


Sample bequest language for your will:

If you wish to name The Nature Conservancy in your will or estate plan, we should be named as:

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

Our tax identification number is: 53-0242652

Help us plan.

If your plans already include a gift for The Nature Conservancy, please let us know. We will honor all requests for anonymity, and you can always modify your gift if your circumstances change.


Thank you for considering The Nature Conservancy in your estate plans. With your help we can make a positive impact in more than 35 countries, all 50 United States and your backyard.

[Top Image: Joe Olkewicz. Image courtesy of Joe Olkewicz; Left to Right: A caiman and butterflies at Tambopata National Reserve in Peru. © R. Grant Maslowski; Dollar Lake at Zapata Ranch in Colorado. © Harold E. Malde; A caterpillar on a marbleseed (Onosmodium molle) at Griffith Prairie (Prairie Plains Resource Institute Preserve) in Hamilton County, Nebraska. © Chris Helzer/TNC. Left to Right: Mojave Desert in central California, photographed along the northern boundary of the corridor near Lake Isabella in the lower Sierra Mountain foothills. © Ian Shive; An Island Scrub Jay sittingon branch on Santa Cruz Island. © Stephen Francis; Autumn color highlights the woodlands and fields of the Franklin Demonstration]

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