Feather Society


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How can you ensure the future of wetland and waterfowl conservation for your children and grandchildren?

Get Feathered.

Feather Society members make a crucial difference in the conservation cause by remembering Ducks Unlimited in their estate and financial plans. Careful planning often allows Feather Society members to enjoy substantial tax advantages while supporting DU's conservation mission.

Feather Society members proudly wear distinctive lapel pins and are acknowledged each year in the Ducks Unlimited annual report. Below are a few commonly asked questions regarding the Feather Society:

What happens to my gift?

When a planned gift is received from an estate or will, Ducks Unlimited places the money in the DU Endowment, similar to a savings account. The principal of a gift placed in the DU endowment remains intact, while the annual interest income generated provides permanent funding for vital conservation programs.

How do I become a Feather Society member?

Feather Society members pledge to make a gift through their estate to Ducks Unlimited upon
their death and/or the death of their surviving spouse. DU can provide helpful information to aid in your estate planning.

The estimated amount of your future gift and your gift plan can be determined after you make your pledge. While there are many options available for you to use in fulfilling your Feather Society commitment, the most common gift plans are:

  • Wills - an excellent way to provide not only for your loved ones, but also to support Ducks Unlimited with a bequest of a specific dollar amount, specific property or a percentage or all of "what's left."
  • Life Insurance - one of the simplest ways to make a significant gift in the future is by naming DU as beneficiary to receive all or a portion of the proceeds of an existing or new policy.
  • Retirement Plan - offers a variety of tax-advantaged ways to use IRA/401K or other tax-qualified retirement plan assets in charitable gift planning.
  • Trusts - facilitate the giving of property, consolidate assets for estate administration, create control, provide tax-planning alternatives and deal with issues of mental or physical incapacity.
  • Land/Real Estate - Do you own a home or other property you no longer want? Make a charitable gift of it to DU and you could avoid capital gains and provide tax-favorable income for yourself.
  • Charitable Gift Annuity - fund with cash or appreciated assets and benefit from an immediate charitable tax deduction and immediate or deferred payments.

Gift levels

  • Silver up to $99,999
  • Gold $100,000 - $249,999
  • Emerald $250,000 - $499,999
  • Platinum $500,000 - $999,999
  • Diamond $1,000,000+

To establish your planned gift, or to receive additional information, please contact the Ducks Unlimited development department at:

Attn: Jon Rich
Director of Gift Planning
Phone: (901) 758-3763
Email: jrich@ducks.org