Wills, living trusts & bequests

Take action for the planet in a way that endures

Making a gift in your will or living trust, known as a bequest, is one of the most simple, flexible, and effective ways to have a lasting impact on the environment.

Bequest gifts can be completed in as little as one sentence, and allow the flexibility to change your will in the event that life circumstances change. Your gift may be a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or the remainder after all other provisions are specified.

Below is suggested language to share with your attorney for use in drafting an unrestricted bequest gift:

"I give to Environmental Defense Fund, Inc., a nonprofit corporation currently located at 257 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010, or its successor thereto, _________ [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted charitable use and purpose."

If you are interested in a specific use for your gift please contact us.

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An example of how it works

Woman walking in the woodsTom and Martha have always shared a love of the outdoors. When they got married and created a will a decade ago, they decided to include a $25,000 gift to EDF. After a recent move to a new state, they met with their attorney to update their will. They decided to revise their gift language so that EDF will receive a percentage of their estate, instead of a specific amount. Tom and Martha are proud that their plans are taking action the future of the environment in a way that will endure.

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Next steps

  1. Contact Cynthia Eubank DiLeo at 877-677-7397 or legacy@edf.org for additional information or to chat more about the different options for including EDF in your will or estate plan.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you include EDF in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal name: Environmental Defense Fund, Inc.
Address: 257 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010
Federal tax ID number: 11-6107128

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