FAQ

America’s national parks were established through the efforts of individuals who wanted to protect the places they loved – places they knew would matter long into the future. Your legacy gift ensures that our national parks remain vital and relevant to future generations.

Q. Do I have to make a legally binding pledge to join the Legacy Challenge?

A. No. Like any ordinary bequest, your gift plans can be revised at any time should your circumstances change in the future. That’s why making a gift through one’s will is such a good fit for so many people.

Q. Do I have to choose a gift amount now?

A. In order for the Foundation to receive 10% of your gift, we ask that you let us know the approximate value of the gift. We understand that you can change your mind in the future.

Q. How can I provide for my family and at the same time support the causes that are important in my life?

A. Many people put aside a percentage – which could be 10% or 20% -- for their favorite causes, while still leaving a large majority of their assets to family and friends. Or you could choose to make a charitable gift of whatever balance remains in a retirement account, which also saves on taxes. Please contact us for more details.

Q. How can I put my spouse or partner first-in-line?

A. You can ensure that your gift is made only after you know the assets won't be needed by your spouse or partner. Please contact us for more information.

Q. What do you mean by a substantiated, gift?

A.  In order for the Foundation to receive the match from our board, we need to ensure that each new gift can be verified.  We ask all donors who want to be included in the match to sign our Estate Gift Notification Form and include the page of their will, trust, or beneficiary document where the National Park Foundation is listed.


Learn More

To learn more please contact the Office of Planned Giving at 202-796‐2500 or via email at [email protected].

What Will your Legacy Be?
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