Establish a Fund

Establishing a fund at Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation enables you to make a direct impact on conserving the wild things and wild places in Texas.

Field of Interest Fund
A field of interest fund supports a Texas conservation project of your choice. In collaboration with TPWF staff, you determine the purpose and scope of the fund at inception, and TPWF awards grants going forward. A field of interest fund can accept additional contributions from other supporters, allowing your impact to extend beyond the scope of your original gift.

Donor-Advised Fund
A donor-advised fund provides you with more involvement in the grant-making process and flexibility to support a variety of projects in Texas. A donor-advised fund does not have a specified purpose at inception. You can recommend distributions on your own timetable for any qualified conservation project. You may add additional contributions to your donor-advised fund at any time. Learn more about how to make a wild impact through a donor-advised fund at Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation.

An Example of How It Works

Happy family Joe and Laura Smith enjoy spending time outdoors in Texas. They have reached a point in their lives where they are able to give back to the things they love. They establish a $100,000 donor-advised fund with Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation called The Smith Family Texas Conservation Fund. The couple receives a federal income tax charitable deduction for the amount of the gift. They work with TPWF staff to learn about the broad array of conservation projects that their fund can support and recommend gifts on their own timetable. Joe and Laura are delighted to start this personal legacy of giving to benefit the wild things and places in Texas.

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  1. Contact Susan Houston at 214.720.1478 or to discuss using donor advised funds to support TPWF and our mission.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you include TPWF in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal Name: Parks and Wildlife Foundation of Texas (dba Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation)
Address: 2914 Swiss Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204
Federal Tax ID Number: 74-2602504

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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 give to Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 2914 Swiss Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

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

A 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 property, farm, commercial property 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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