Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society (SCVAS) relies on donations from hundreds of individuals like you to support our many education and conservation programs in the Bay Area. Each dollar that you donate joins with the dollars of your neighbors to accomplish many goals and to improve your quality of life in Santa Clara County.
Donating is easy
By Online Payment - Donate now securely online via NeonCRM using your credit card or Paypal account.
By Mail - Print and fill out this form and mail it along with your donation.
By Phone - Call our office at (408) 252-3747 to donate by credit card over the phone.
In person - Stop by our McClellan Ranch headquarters to meet our staff, tour our Nature Shop, and make a donation.
Corporate Charitable Gift Matching Program
Please ask your employer if they offer a non-profit matching gift program so that you can multiply this donation!
Your donation is tax deductible
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our tax ID number is 94-6081420. Your tax-deductible gift helps fund our education and conservation programs in the Bay Area.
SCVAS has created its Legacy Fund to receive bequests and donations reserved for special conservation and education initiatives.
The SCVAS Board views gifts to the Legacy Fund as investments in the long-term sustainability of our Audubon chapter and its mission. Income from the Fund has been used to expand SCVAS's summer nature camp program for children with the goal of educating a new generation of enthusiastic environmentalists. It has also been used to jumpstart new programs such as our RAILS Youth Environmental Leadership Training. The Fund also supported the hiring of an Environment Advocate to fulfill a fundamental part of our mission.
Bequests to the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society Legacy Fund will memorialize your commitment to environmental education and conservation in the Bay Area now and well into the future, and are an important investment in the vitality of our organization.
Please contact us with questions or to let us know you have included SCVAS in your estate plan so that we can recognize you as a member of our Legacy Society.
What is a Bequest?
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). Giving by charitable bequest costs you nothing now and can also qualify your estate for a charitable deduction to reduce estate tax liability.
There are three ways to make a bequest
- Specific Bequest - Designate a specific dollar amount, percentage, or property to SCVAS.
- Residual Bequest - Your estate will pay all debts, taxes, expenses and specific bequests. The remaining amount - the residual - will be transferred to SCVAS and others, if you so indicate.
- Contingent Bequest - Your estate can ask that SCVAS receive all or a portion of your estate only under certain circumstances. For example, you can name SCVAS as a beneficiary of your estate only if there are no surviving close family members.
Specific Bequest Sample Language
Specific dollar amount
I give, devise and bequeath the sum of _______ dollars to...
I give, devise and bequeath the following described property to... [insert description of property].
I bequeath an amount equal to _______ percent of the net value of my estate as finally determined for federal tax purposes to...
... to Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, 22221 McClellan Road, Cupertino, CA 95014, (408)252-3747, a charitable organization located in Santa Clara County, California. Tax ID 94-6081-420.
Please consult with your own tax, legal, and financial planning advisor to add a bequest to your will or living trust.
Donations to honor the important people in your life can be made to this special fund to memorialize efforts they made during their lives. Monies in this fund will be spent on special education or conservation programs in our community. Please let us know about your special contribution so we can send an acknowledgement of your gift to the family of the person honored. If the person was a SCVAS volunteer or member, send us a tribute so we can honor them in our Volunteer Memorial.
By Online Payment - Donate now securely online at Paypal using your credit card or Paypal account. Please add the name of the person you are memorializing in the comments section. Consider increasing your donation amount by 3% to cover the online donation convenience cost at Paypal.
By Mail - Print and fill out this form and mail it along with your donation.
By Phone - Call our office at (408)252-3747 to donate by credit card over the phone.
Past Beneficiaries of the Volunteer Memorial Fund
The Education Committee and Board were delighted to fund scholarships for two South Valley Middle School studentes to attend a Yosemite Institute program in 2011. As part of their scholarship application, Kevin and Jamie both expressed their reasons for wanting to attend this program. The common factor was a desire to experience nature in a new way and to learn more about the Sierras.
Jamie commented, "The coolest part of the trip was when we saw a coyote hunting in the meadow. It was an amazing feeling because people were close to it taking pictures and it didn't run away. It was as though it was posing."
Kevin described his experience, "The second day we got to play in the snow. It was so fun! Our leader showed me how to work in a group - that was special to me. But, the most exciting moment was when we were all in 'spider cave' and everything was dark. That showed me the importance of working together with everybody."
To the supporters of the Volunteer Memorial Fund, and on behalf of these students - and many others like them - thank you!
More ways to support
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.
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.
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.