Planned Giving

How do you experience the wonders of Bainbridge Island? Do you hike the Gazzam Lake trail, explore the shoreline at Agate Passage Preserve, or immerse yourself in the serenity of Cougar Creek Preserve? These cherished lands hold a special place in our hearts, and now you have the power to protect them for future generations.

By including the Bainbridge Island Land Trust in your estate plans, your legacy giving will not only support the stewardship of existing properties but also enable new land acquisitions. Planned giving, also known as legacy giving, allows you to leave a lasting impact while ensuring the protection of our natural spaces, wildlife habitats, and scenic landscapes.

Why Choose Planned Giving?

  • Preserve Your Passion: If you have a deep appreciation for Bainbridge Island and want to protect our natural environment forever, planned giving is a powerful way to make a lasting impact. Your legacy will help safeguard our unique ecosystems, forests, wetlands, and shoreline, maintaining their beauty and biodiversity.
  • Flexibility and Control: Planned giving provides you with flexibility and control over how your assets are distributed. You can choose from various options such as bequests, charitable trusts, retirement accounts, life insurance policies, or real estate gifts, tailoring your giving to align with your personal goals.
  • Tax Advantages: When you engage in planned giving, you can potentially enjoy significant tax benefits. Depending on your circumstances and the type of gift you choose, you may reduce estate taxes, eliminate capital gains tax, and even receive income tax deductions.

How to Get Started

  • Learn more: Explore the different planned giving opportunities and discover how your contribution can make a lasting impact here.
  • Seek Professional Advice: Consult with your financial advisor or attorney to ensure your estate plans align with your wishes and take advantage of all available tax benefits.
  • Inform Us: If you’ve left a gift to Bainbridge Island Land Trust in your estate plan, please let us know by reporting your gift here.
  • Share Your Story: If you have a personal connection to the Land Trust or a story about why you chose planned giving, we invite you to share it with us. Your experience can inspire and encourage others to make a lasting difference!
Planned Giving Opportunities

Islander Charles Hawk generously made the Bainbridge Island Land Trust a charitable beneficiary of his estate. In his honor, the Land Trust’s Board of Directors decided to recognize his gift by creating a revolving “Island Legacy” fund. This fund will enable the Land Trust to act swiftly and decisively to help acquire and/or restore important conservation properties on Bainbridge Island. By creating a revolving fund, which is replenished as property fundraising occurs, the legacy of Charles Hawk will continue to help preserve the natural landscape of Bainbridge Island for the benefit of all.


Many landowners who work with the Land Trust have deep roots on the Island and have a strong desire to help preserve their family heritage lands. Often, these families work with the Land Trust to place conservation easements on their land or sell their property at a significant discount from its market value. This offers a secondary benefit to the seller, who can claim the discount as a charitable contribution on their taxes.

We need your help. Please consider making a donation today.

Contributions will help us expand, protect and preserve ecologically sensitive habitat. For everyone. Forever.

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