Defending the Oceans for Future Generations
Shepherds Forever Society - Planned Giving
Sea Shepherd plans to protect the oceans for many years to come and we need your support. By including Sea Shepherd in your estate planning through planned giving, you can help provide essential resources so that we can continue our direct intervention for safeguarding the oceans and marine wildlife. Planned gifts are crucial in supporting our vital conservation programs well into the future!
The Shepherds Forever Society, begun in 2006, honors individuals who have made a provision for a future gift to Sea Shepherd through a bequest in their will or other arrangement such as a retirement plan or life insurance beneficiary designation.
The Shepherds Forever Society affords us the opportunity to extend Sea Shepherd’s warm appreciation to those who notify us of their thoughtful gift intentions. There are no dues or other obligations, but Shepherds Forever Society members will receive a certificate of membership and a small memento.
Sea Shepherd is grateful to our supporters who have already advised us of their intentions to provide a future gift by naming Sea Shepherd in their will. These individuals have been honored with “founding member” status in the Shepherds Forever Society.
Your gift to Sea Shepherd is a legacy to your passion and commitment to protecting the oceans. There are many ways to make a planned gift that will offer tax benefits to you and enable you to leave a legacy that will help Sea Shepherd protect, conserve, and defend the oceans for generations to come.
The kind of world that we leave behind for future generations depends on what we do today.
Our whales, sharks, dolphins, and all marine life need a voice that speaks loudly, takes positive actions, and provides enduring solutions.
Be a Part of the Solution and Touch the Future!
By making a gift in your will to Sea Shepherd, you are not only perpetuating your values and ideals, you are taking the most powerful step to save the world’s oceans for tomorrow.
A planned giving gift also offers many financial benefits because many countries’ tax laws are structured to encourage charitable giving. Unlimited amounts can generally be left for charitable purposes free of estate and gift taxes. And you do not need a great deal of wealth to make a difference. Every dollar means an extra chance for our fragile oceans.
Your will is a very important document – it may be difficult to think of preparing it now – however, it protects your family and your assets for the future.
A will gives you the opportunity to decide where your assets and possessions will go and how they are to be used. Most significantly, a will protects your family and your loved ones – it removes unnecessary stress, expense, and legal problems.
But we believe your will can do even more – it can also be your legacy, passing on not only physical assets, but also your values and ideals. A bequest is as simple as it is powerful; with a few words in your will, you can continue to be an advocate for wild and free marine life living in vibrant oceans well beyond your lifetime.
A bequest is a gift nominated in your will to one or more non-profit organizations. Your bequest can take any (or a combination) of the following forms:
- A percentage of the overall value of your estate
- Retirement plan or life insurance beneficiary designation
- Personal property (artwork, jewelry, etc)
Due to the complexity of planned giving, we strongly suggest that you contact your tax advisor and/or legal advisor.
If you would like to receive our Shepherds Forever Planned Giving information packet or would like to notify us of a bequest, please contact:
If you are ready to become a member of the Shepherds Forever Society, please print this form and mail it back to us at the address below. We encourage you to provide us with a copy of the relevant pages of your will, trust, or beneficiary designation form. All information will be kept in our secure files. You can send this information to us at:
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
PO Box 8628
Alexandria, VA 22306 USA
Our IRS tax identification number is 93-0792021