More Ways to Support SCVAS
Besides making donations, you can help the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society now and in the future through a variety of other programs such as donating stocks, making a bequest, and more.
Corporate Charitable Gift Matching Program
Check if your employer offers a non-profit donation matching program so you can mulitply your contribution!
Please contact your Human Resources department to find out if your company offers a grant program and we can work with you to complete the application.
Bequest to our Legacy Fund
A bequest is a provision in your will or living trust that directs a portion of your estate to a named beneficiary (such as SCVAS). Your bequest to SCVAS will memorialize your commitment to local environmental education and conservation well into the future. Giving by charitable bequest costs you nothing now and also can qualify your estate for a charitable deduction to reduce estate tax liability. Please consult with your own tax, legal, and financial planning advisor to add a bequest to your will or living trust.
Account Beneficiary Designation
Many investment account managers, such as mutual fund companies, allow you to designate primary and secondary beneficiaries which allow the funds to flow to SCVAS outside of your will or trust, thus eliminating the need of an executor. For example, you can designate SCVAS as primary beneficiary, or you can designate your spouse as primary beneficiary and SCVAS as secondary beneficiary. You also have the flexibility of designating SCVAS as a beneficiary of a specific and separate account, controlling the amount of money you give. Specific beneficiaries designated on investment accounts usually override wills or trusts. Please consult with your investment account manager or financial planner about the details of designating SCVAS as a beneficiary.
Give a living tribute to celebrate someone's birthday, wedding, or other special occasion. Make a contribution in honor of someone to our Memorial Fund and their memory will live on in our efforts to protect birds, wildlife, and habitat. Please let us know about your special tribute so we can send an acknowledgement of your gift to the person honored.
Gifts of Stocks and Bonds
It is almost always more tax-efficient to donate appreciated securities such as stocks and bonds rather than cash. This is because a gift of appreciated securities generally offers a two-fold tax savings. First, you avoid paying any capital gains tax on the increase in security value. Second, you receive a charitable tax donation for the full fair market value of the security at the time of the gift. For example, if you purchased stock years ago for $1,000 and the current fair market value is $5,000, a gift of the stock would result in a charitable contribution tax deduction of $5,000. In addition, you avoid paying capital gains tax on the appreciation of $4,000. Please consult with your own tax advisor before donating to verify your specific tax advantage. Donating securities is really very easy, just download and fill out our stock donation form and instructions in PDF version or MS Word version.
In-kind donations are paid in valuable goods or services rather than money. Professional expertise is always needed in areas such as law, fundraising, environment, publicity, and education. We are also in need of quality goods such as computers and office equipment. Check out our many volunteer opportunities that will fit your interests. Please contact us if you want to discuss an in-kind gift.
Updated November 2012
How to Volunteer for SCVAS
Fill out our Volunteer Sign-up form or contact our Programs Coordinator at (408) 252-3740 or at [email protected].
Check out our most pressing needs, plus our list of individual and committee opportunities.
Become a volunteer for conservation.
View our volunteer calendar.
Upcoming Events at SCVAS
Saturday October 25, 9:00 AM (Half Day)
All are encouraged to attend but birding will be geared toward the beginning birder.
Sunday October 26, 8:00 AM (Half day)
Windy Hill Open Space Preserve
Saturday November 1, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Burrowing Owl Survey - 1st Saturday of the Month
We will be walking and surveying approximately 300 acres of suitable habitat to count the number of owls and map their locations.