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Ways to Make a Leadership Gift

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There are many ways to support Ducks Unlimited, each expressive of the donor's particular interests and each with distinct tax advantages. Outright gifts provide immediate, current support of DU. Deferred gifts can include bequest provisions, retirement account designations and life insurance. A variety of tangible assets may also be appropriate for charitable gift purposes.

The tax benefits of making a charitable gift can be substantial. Careful tax planning and structuring can actually decrease one's cost while increasing support for DU. Members of DU's Development staff are available to work with donors and their advisers to achieve these mutual goals. Please contact Kathy McCollum at kmccollum@ducks.org, 901.758.3710 or 1.800.856.6014. If you're ready to make a Major Sponsor commitment now, download the commitment form (PDF), fill it out and mail it to us.

Gifts may be made in any of the following ways:

Gifts of Cash

Cash contributions may be made as lump sums or as annual payments. An annual reminder will be sent as a convenience in the month prior to the anniversary of your pledge. Visit our Giving Levels page for more details.

Gifts of Securities and Stock

Gifts of marketable securities, or stock listed on an exchange, can be an advantageous way to make a substantial gift to support the conservation mission of Ducks Unlimited.
 
In most cases, these gifts avoid capital gains taxes and are deductible for income tax purposes based on the fair market value of the stock on the date of the gift.
 
Gifts of closely held stock may also be accepted. Such gifts should be discussed with a member of the development staff prior to making the gift.
  1. Issue the gift in the name of Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
  2. Please include your name on the delivery instructions to ensure proper crediting.
  3. Send the gift to one of these brokers:
Raymond James & Associates, Inc.
Contact: Bill Hamilton
DTC #: 0725
DU Acct #: 14684120
Federal ID #: 13-5643799
Phone: 901-818-6537 or 800-356-0347
Email: bill.hamilton@raymondjames.com

Contact: Lisa Ravlija
DTC: 0725
DU Acct #: 27939981
Federal ID #: 13-5643799
Phone: 901-579-4471 or 855-357-4152
Email: lisa.ravlija@raymondjames.com
 
For more information, please contact Kathy McCollum at kmccollum@ducks.org or 901.758.3710.

Tangible Gifts

This program is designed for Major Sponsors who wish to contribute certain gifts of original artwork, collectibles, fine guns or other personal property. Please contact Kathy McCollum at kmccollum@ducks.org, 901.758.3710 or 1.800.856.6014 for futher information about making a gift of property.

Matching Gifts

Over 500 companies and corporate foundations currently match their employees' gifts to Ducks Unlimited. Under a corporate matching gift program, gifts made by a company's eligible employees to the nonprofit organizations that meet the company's guidelines are matched with company or corporate foundation funds. If you are affiliated with a company that matches contributions to conservation, you may be eligible to have your gift to Ducks Unlimited doubled or tripled. Check out our matching gifts partners to see if your employer's on the list!

Planned Gifts

Careful planning allows many Ducks Unlimited members to support DU's vital conservation mission, while also enjoying substantial tax advantages. For more information, please visit www.ducksgift.org or contact Jon Rich at jrich@ducks.org or 901.758.3763. 

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