Parks and Partners on the Frontline of Climate Change
Tuesday, November 7, 10-11:30 am

Members and volunteers: Please join us for a morning reception and climate change program co-hosted by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Point Reyes National Seashore Association, California Academy of Sciences, and The Marine Mammal Center!

What Does the Proposed Tax Reform Mean for Charitable Giving?
In late September, Republican Congressional leaders released a “unified framework” for tax reform. Under the plan, which does not eliminate the charitable deduction per se, it has been estimated that 95% of taxpayers would no longer be able take advantage of itemizing their deductions, including the charitable deduction, due to a proposed increase in the standard deduction. While most taxpayers would cite higher motivations for being philanthropic – moral obligation, tithing, desire to go good or leave a legacy – a significant factor in giving is a tax incentive. With a proposed lower income tax rate and elimination of the estate tax, taxpayers actually could be inclined to increase their giving as the result of a larger estate, but not if they are materially affected by the elimination of other current tax benefits such as the mortgage interest deduction. Overall, charitable giving experts are concerned that current giving will be disincentivized, to the tune of anywhere from a $4.9 billion to $13.1 billion decrease annually, funds that are critical to service organizations whose federal funding will be significantly decreased or even eliminated.

When you make the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy a beneficiary in your estate plan, your legacy helps make possible:

      Thousands of children and youth in environmental education programs

      New trails, bikeways, overlooks, and visitor centers

      Tens of thousands of volunteers engaging in park stewardship

      Restored habitat for endangered and threatened species

      Hundreds of thousands of native plants revitalizing ecosystems

      An infinitely expanding web of ecological knowledge

      And countless moments of wonder, from young people visiting a national park for the first time.

When you make a planned gift to the Conservancy, you become a member of the Silver Lupine Circle — a community of park lovers who, like you, want these national treasures protected and nurtured for generations to come. You join an extraordinary group of people — hikers and history buffs, beachcombers and triathletes, volunteers and  philanthropists, parents and grandparents, friends and neighbors — who care about these parks as much as you do.


Benefits of the Silver Lupine Circle include:

      A gift from the Conservancy

      Acknowledgement in the Conservancy’s annual report and Gateways newsletter

      Invitations to exclusive events and tours

      Regular correspondence sharing an insider’s view on park happenings

      The lifelong satisfaction of knowing your gift will protect wildlife, safeguard our cultural heritage, and enrich lives far into the future


We can help you arrange a convenient and tax-efficient way to give long-term support to the parks through your:


      Charitable trust

      Retirement plan assets

      Life insurance policies


To learn more, download our brochure Where Does Forever Begin? (pdf) or contact:


Audrey L. Yee, Esq.

Director of Planned Giving:

Phone: (415) 561-3016