Legacy and Planned Giving

souther resident killer whalesWhy make a legacy gift?

It’s simple.

Once you’ve taken care of your family, legacy gifts let you take money that would have gone to the government in taxes and direct it toward organizations and causes you care about.

(Of course, the details depend on your individual financial situation. It’s important to seek expert advice.)

Why give to the SeaDoc Society?

Legacy gifts to the SeaDoc Society make a significant difference in the future of marine wildlife and help you to make a lasting and positive impact on the animals and places you care so much about.

Some examples:

  • A recent legacy gift has made it possible for the SeaDoc Society to take an ecosystem- level look at why so many marine bird species are in decline. It allowed us to hire a world-class scientist to bring collaborators together, evaluate decades of marine bird status data from the US and Canada, and identify the common factors behind the decline of bird species. This is now being used to recover multiple bird species at the same time.
  • A legacy gift also funded the Salish Sea Science Prize. This prestigious one-of-a-kind award is given every two years to a scientist or a group of scientists whose scientific work has made a real and measurable difference in improving the health of the Salish Sea and its marine wildlife.
  • Another legacy gift is supporting SeaDoc’s new undersea habitat mapping laboratory, which will improve our ability to protect important species like forage fish and rockfish.
  • Legacy giving also can help grow our Pacific Northwest Endowment Fund, which helps secure the long-term future impact of the SeaDoc Society.

Legacy giving makes a difference for you too:

Legacy giving can provide important tax benefits, including a charitable income tax deduction or savings on capital gains taxes. Gifts can be structured to give you lifetime use of your property or lifetime income from your investments.

Join our Legacy Giving Circle:

SeaDoc Board members, donors, and 100% of the staff have already made planned gifts to the SeaDoc Society. Please join our efforts to improve the health of marine wildlife and their ecosystem by making a planned gift to the SeaDoc Society.


Alan & Lizbeth Fritzberg
Joe Gaydos
Kirsten Gilardi
Wally & Susan Gudgell
Kathy Dickinson McDowell
Jean Lyle
Joe Thoron

Call us for more information

Many types of planned gifts are possible, including bequests, charitable gift annuities, gifts of real estate, charitable remainder trusts, and gifts of securities.

Give us a call at (360) 376-3910 and we can connect you with one of the development professionals at the University of California at Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine. The University’s experts in gift planning can help you understand which options work best for your situation.

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