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The Bainbridge Island Land Trust protects and preserves private property as well as acquires land for parks and trails.

Planned Giving

The Bainbridge Island Land Trust encourages and welcomes planned giving gifts.   

To help you make a planned gift to the Land Trust, we will:

  • provide appropriate language for inclusion in your will
  • maintain a network (minimum of three) of estate planning attorneys or advisers who can provide you with more detailed planned giving advice

The Land Trust cannot provide direct guidance on the establishment of Trusts, Annuities, and other planned giving instruments directly to potential donors.  We encourage you to talk to a professional estate planner, attorney or adviser to decide what would be best for your personal needs. 

Bequest Information

The Bainbridge Island Land Trust is a private nonprofit corporation specifically formed to accept and utilize charitable contributions from public and private sources for the purpose of fulfilling its conservation mission. This gives donors an avenue of philanthropy to to help preserve and steward the diverse natural environment of Bainbridge Island for the benefit of future generations. The Land Trust is responsible for the identification of potential conservation acquisitions and easement opportunities, the monitoring and stewardship of protected lands, and outreach/environmental education to inform the community about the benefits of environmental preservation and stewardship -- all supported by donated funds and assets. Its capacity to achieve long-term conservation gains for the Island is substantially enhanced when donors make direct bequests to this 501(c)(3) public charity in their wills. The appropriate legal name is Bainbridge Island Land Trust.

Basically, there are three types of bequests:

  • A specific bequest will name a specific asset to be left to the Bainbridge Island Land Trust, such as certain stocks, bonds, a cash amount, real estate or collectible items.

The language of a specific bequest may appear in the will as follows:

“I leave {name asset} to the Bainbridge Island Land Trust.  This asset is to be used according to the most recent guidelines as executed by myself and the Bainbridge Island Land Trust.”

  • A percentage bequest names a percentage of the entire estate.

The language here might appear as follows:

“I leave (X%) of my entire estate to the Bainbridge Island Land Trust.  These assets are to be used according to the most recent guidelines, as executed by myself, and the Bainbridge Island Land Trust.”

  • A residuary bequest is a bequest of assets from the estate not named in the other parts of the will.

The language for this type of bequest may appear as follows:

“I leave my residuary estate to the Bainbridge Island Land Trust. These assets are to be used according to the most recently executed guidelines, as executed by myself, and the Bainbridge Island Land Trust.”

Some donors will combine the percentage bequest and the residuary bequest by leaving a specified percentage of the residuary estate to the Trust. The language for this type of bequest may appear as follows:

“I leave (X%) of my residuary estate to the Bainbridge Island Land Trust.”

It is important to note that in the language suggested for each of the three types of bequests, we have recommended additional language referring to an agreement on file at the Land Trust’s office.  Many contributors take advantage of the opportunity to create a set of instructions for the Land Trust as to how the funds resulting from the bequest should be used.  This will avoid any confusion among family members and the Land Trust as to which programs were meant to be supported by your gift.

Through their will, some donors have attempted to express the purposes for which the gift should be used. However, in the event that a donor chooses to make changes at a future date, the will must be amended. Thus, the donor may incur additional legal expenses. By creating an agreement directly with the Land Trust, the donor can avoid these complications in that changes to this document can be made without further legal expense. It is also to the donor’s advantage to confirm that the "nuts and bolts" of the gift can be accepted and used according to the donor’s wishes, ahead of time.

Naturally, all such documents are considered confidential by the Bainbridge Island Land Trust.

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