Donor Stories

Texas green jay birdA Quiet Admirer of Public Lands Leaves a Remarkable Legacy

Rita Jo Poe spent the latter years of her life crisscrossing the western US in her Airstream trailer. A nature lover and accomplished photographer, Rita dedicated her final years to living among the iconic landscapes and wildlife of America’s national and state parks and wildlife refuges. Now, Rita’s love of wild things and wild places is memorialized through an astonishing legacy.
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Sharon LoutPaying it Forward

Growing up on the Gulf Coast, some of Sharon Lout's fondest memories are of the outdoors, like teaching her brothers how to bait fishing hooks and searching for shells on the beach near her childhood home.
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Wayne CollinsTaking Care of Texas for Future Generations

Wayne Collins credits his love of the outdoors to his boyhood experiences in scouting. As a Boy Scout, he participated in camping and canoe trips that laid the foundation of his conservation ethic.
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George BristolSupporting the Next Generation of Park Leaders

George Bristol has spent most of his adult life devoted to parks. In 1961, he was a student at the University of Texas and took a summer job on a trail crew at Glacier National Park.
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Dean ParsonsHelping Create a New State Park

Dean Parsons grew up in Palo Pinto County, about 75 miles west of Fort Worth. As a boy he explored the hills and canyons of Wiles Canyon, part of the Palo Pinto Mountain Breaks.
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Robbie DavisLeaving a Land Legacy

For some Texans, family land and property may be one of the most significant assets they possess. Considering what will happen to your real estate after your lifetime is an important decision to make.
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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

I bequeath $ _____________ or _____% of my residuary estate to Parks and Wildlife Foundation of Texas (dba Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation), a not-for-profit organization, with its principal office located at 2914 Swiss Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204, and with a tax identification number 74-2602504, for its ongoing conservation, education and recreation purposes.

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

donor-advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to TPWF or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare, commercial property, farm, ranch or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to TPWF as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to TPWF as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and TPWF where you agree to make a gift to TPWF and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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