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Your cash gift is an immediate and gratifying way to support Watsonville Wetlands Watch. It allows us to continue our work of restoring the Watsonville Wetlands with plants nurtured in our own nursery.

It also supports our mission to develop and deliver new educational programing, engaging more than 2,500 students and hundreds of community members in wetlands ecology, hands-on restoration, green careers, mentorship, leadership, and peer-to-peer learning.

Cash gifts are fully deductible up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income in any one year. Deduction amounts exceeding this limit may be carried forward for up to five additional years. Actual tax savings from gifts of cash depend on your tax bracket.


Become a Super Supporter


Become a Northern Harrier by making $250 or more in contributions each year or become a Leadership Circle supporter by donating $1,000 or more each year. You may fulfill your commitment by making gifts monthly, quarterly, or annually. Choose your preferred option on our Donation page, and tell us in the Comment box that you are joining the Northern Harriers or Leadership Circle.


Northern Harriers and Leadership Circle supporters receive benefits including insider updates, special invitations to events and tours, and discounts on whale watching and Wetlands Watch items. By providing a steady flow of resources, Northern Harriers and Leadership Circle members become ongoing partners in our work; restoring and protecting the wetlands and providing environmental education for students and community members. We look forward to welcoming you to this special group of donors!


Include us in your planned giving


Include the Watsonville Wetlands Watch in your estate plan. It's an easy way for you to give back to the community and create a legacy that lasts forever. You can use a variety of assets to make a planned gift including:


Including a charitable bequest in your will or living trust to the Watsonville Wetlands Watch is a simple way to make a lasting gift that benefits our community. A charitable bequest can be a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or what remains after other bequests are made.

Life Insurance

Name Watsonville Wetlands Watch as a beneficiary of your policy. Your estate will be entitled to an offsetting charitable deduction. You can also name us as the owner and beneficiary of an existing or new life insurance policy. You will receive an immediate tax deduction that usually approximates the cash surrender value of the policy. All premium payments made thereafter are deductible as a charitable contribution.

Retirement Plans

You can name Watsonville Wetlands Watch as the designated beneficiary of a retirement plan (e.g., IRA, 401(k), 403(b)). These are advantageous types of assets to leave to charity because they can be taxed heavily when left to heirs. Leaving a retirement plan to us ensures that 100 percent of your gift will support your charitable interests.

Gifts that Provide Income - Charitable Gift Annuity

You can establish a charitable gift annuity for as little as $10,000 in cash or securities. You get an immediate income tax deduction, a guaranteed payment you can count on for life for you or a loved one, and leave a legacy that will support the causes important to you forever.

Payments are fixed and based on your age. The older you are the greater the annuity payment. If you choose, you can receive an income tax deduction now and defer receiving the annuity payments until a future date of your choosing. After receiving annuity payments for life, the remainder can create a named fund for the long-term community benefit of your choice.

The tax advantages of both a current and deferred annuity are two-fold. First, you receive an immediate charitable income tax deduction when you create your annuity. Second, a portion of the payments you receive may be treated either as tax-free return of principal or long-term capital gains. These tax advantages increase the effective value of the annuity payments.

With your planned gift you join our group of legacy donors, Watsonville Wetlands Legacy, and receive recognition according to what you and your family would find most meaningful. To learn more, contact Executive Director Jonathan Pilch at . Your inquiry will remain confidential.

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Watsonville Wetlands Watch
PO Box 1239
Freedom, CA 95019-1239
Voice: 831-728-1156
Fax: 831-728-6944
Offices at the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center

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