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Giving Back to the Resource

Giving Back to the Resource

When asked why they care about conservation, Edgar Hollwedel recalls the many shared memories with his wife Mary Louise raising their six children. "Over the years we always enjoyed the spectacle of watching the ducks land on the lake outside our house. We feel quite blessed to enjoy the natural world together. Knowing we are helping protect nature so our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren can enjoy these simple and wondrous gifts is why we support the mission of Ducks Unlimited."

Today, Heritage Sponsors Edgar and Mary Louise are doing their part to keep the ducks flying for many generations to come in the Atlantic Coast Region. Together they enjoy attending and volunteering at local, state and national DU events. Edgar and Mary Louise also took the simple but significant steps to include Ducks Unlimited in their Will because they wanted to make a gift that reflected their deeply-felt values and desire to conserve wetland habitat. Like Edgar and Mary Louise, when you make a gift through your estate to Ducks Unlimited and inform us about your gift, you become a member of the Feather Society - a special group of visionary supporters who have chosen to stand up for the future of waterfowl and the natural world.

"Including Ducks Unlimited in our estate plan was something we felt was important because belonging to Ducks Unlimited has enabled us to travel to unique destinations, meet and become friends with many people with similar interests and goals and become an integral part of an international organization that promotes conservation of our natural resources," Holwedell said.

Edgar and Mary Louise became members of Ducks Unlimited years ago because they had seen first hand the amount of work it takes to initiate and build projects benefitting wildlife.

"Years ago, my wife and I bought 185-acres of land and developed it into a 300-site campground. Together, hand in hand, we worked hard to make a place for families to come and enjoy the outdoors. It was quite the adventure. It's always been important to us to be together and do everything we can together. We strongly value family and it's a big reason why we're involved with Ducks Unlimited. The people of Ducks Unlimited are the best around and it only made sense to make Ducks Unlimited a part of our family by supporting the DU mission and joining the Feather Society" said Hollwedel.

If you would like information on the ways you can also leave a legacy of conservation, contact Jon Rich, National Director of Gift Planning at jrich@ducks.org or 901-758-3763 or visit our gift planning website www.ducksgift.org.


DUCKS UNLIMITED, INC.
-- Sample Bequest Provisions -


The provisions in your Will for making a gift to Ducks Unlimited, Inc. will depend upon the type of gift and your own circumstances. Perhaps these model provisions will be helpful to your attorney.

UNRESTRICTED GIFT

I give to Ducks Unlimited, Inc., a non-profit corporation located in Memphis, Tennessee, the sum of $__________ (or _____% of my estate; or the property described herein) for its general purposes.

GIFT FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE

I give to Ducks Unlimited, Inc., a non-profit corporation located in Memphis, Tennessee, the sum of $__________ (or _____% of my estate: or the property described herein) to be used for _________________________ (specific purpose).

SPECIFIC LEGACY

I bequeath my home, farm, livestock, car, truck, etc., to Ducks Unlimited, Inc., a non-profit corporation located in Memphis, Tennessee.

MEMORIAL FUND

I give to Ducks Unlimited, Inc., a non-profit corporation located in Memphis, Tennessee, the sum of $__________ (or _____% of my estate; or the property described herein) the same to be known as "The ________________ Memorial Fund." The income therefrom shall be used for its general purposes (or describe the specific purpose, if desired.)

RESIDUARY LEGATEE

All the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, I give to Ducks Unlimited, Inc., a non-profit corporation located in Memphis, Tennessee, for its general purposes.

CONTINGENCY GIFT

I devise and bequeath the residue of the property owned by me at my death, real and personal, and wherever situated, to my wife, __________________, if she survives me. If my wife does not survive me, I devise and bequeath my residuary estate to Ducks Unlimited, Inc., a non-profit corporation located in Memphis, Tennessee, for its general purposes.

FINAL CONTINGENT BENEFICIARY

I give and bequeath the residue of the property owned by me at my death, real and personal and wherever situated, in equal shares to my above named beneficiaries, if they survive me. If my above named beneficiaries do not survive me, I give and bequeath my residuary estate to Ducks Unlimited, Inc., a non-profit corporation located in Memphis, Tennessee, for its general purposes.

TESTAMENTARY CHARITABLE REMAINDER TRUST

A Testamentary Charitable Remainder Trust may be set up to provide life income to a survivor, with the principal going to Ducks Unlimited, Inc. on the survivor's death. Sample forms to help your attorney prepare this plan are available upon request.

TESTAMENTARY CHARITABLE LEAD TRUST

A Testamentary Charitable Lead Trust may be established in your Will to eliminate estate and inheritance taxes, and thus increase your estate for your children, grandchildren, or other heirs while continuing your important annual support for Ducks Unlimited, Inc. for a specific number of years. Sample forms to help your attorney prepare this plan are available upon request.
Please note: The name and image above is representative of a typical donor and may or may not be an actual donor to our organization. Since the charitable purpose of your bequest may be different from this person, you may want to contact us to discuss a bequest.


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Byron Liles
Gift Planning Associate
901.758.3876
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