Most gifts to CRK come in the form of cash via check or credit card. But many of our donors have found that there are other giving options that allow a more structured approach over time and can help make their gifts more meaningful, while also meeting personal planning goals.
People often ignore the importance of making a will because they do not want to think about dying, or they think that it will be taken care of after they are gone. In fact, 70 percent of the adults in the United States pass away without making a will, which leaves the decision to divide up the property and other assets to the state, not necessarily in accordance with your wishes. After spending your life building an estate, you can direct where it goes, to whom, and how much if you include this information in your will. A will also provides the opportunity to remember a charity, like Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK).
A lasting gift to CRK will help us bring students onboard our floating classroom, remove tons of trash from the Chattahoochee and its tributaries, patrol and investigate issues throughout the watershed, distribute rain barrels to help conserve water, and make sure that we have enough clean water now and for the generations to come. As our 2012 list of accomplishments and 4-star rating from Charity Navigator prove, a planned gift to CRK will be a solid investment in the protection of our region's drinking water supply.
It is our hope to make this process simple and effective and provide you the satisfaction that you have helped preserve the long-term financial security of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and its programs, as well as yourself and your family.
To download a PDF of our planned giving brochure, click here. For more information about making a planned gift please email Becca Klein or call her at (404) 352-9828, ext. 19.
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) honors every planned gift donor with membership in the Legacy Society, created exclusively to honor
and recognize people who have helped to continue our work through a gift to CRK in their wills, trusts or estate plans. As a CRK Legacy Society member, you’ll receive a certificate of appreciation and a Legacy Society lapel pin to serve as a reminder to others of your support of our mission. Your gift can be recognized publicly, unless you prefer to give anonymously. The society also provides information and assistance to donors considering a planned gift.
The Legacy Society acknowledges a special group of individuals who are current and future benefactors of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. Through their estate plans, members of the Legacy Society ensure that CRK will always be able to keep watch over our waters.
Interested parties can make this gesture through a will, a trust, or other planned gifts. A legacy can be left as a memorial gift, recognizing someone who has made a difference in your life. A planned gift may also offer many potential advantages, such as federal estate tax savings, the elimination of capital gains taxes, and the opportunity to increase spendable income.
What is the next step?
If you have already arranged for a bequest or other planned gift, we would like to honor your support, so please notify us and become a Legacy Society member. If you are still considering such a gift, let us know so we can help you and your advisors complete your gift in a way that benefits your estate and makes clear your intention to help CRK. Please email Becca Klein or call her at (404) 352-9828, ext. 19.
When you join the Legacy Society, you demonstrate your commitment to a cleaner, healthier river, and your desire to be a part of the premier environmental advocacy organization dedicated to the Chattahoochee River. Our mission has one critical focus: to preserve, protect and restore the rivers, lakes and creeks of the Chattahoochee River basin. By making a planned gift, you are making certain that we are able to pursue these formidable goals for our children and grandchildren.