Feather Society and Planned Giving

© Jonathan Brazell

When you join Ducks Unlimited, you demonstrate your care and concern for wetlands and waterfowl conservation. Now, you can help DU ensure the future of these beloved resources for your children and your grandchildren by joining the Feather Society. The members of this prestigious group of DU supporters choose to include Ducks Unlimited in their estate plans. Careful planning often allows Feather Society members to enjoy substantial tax advantages while supporting DU’s vital conservation mission. 

Giving to Ducks Unlimited through the Feather Society shows your commitment to our noble mission – conserving, restoring, and managing wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.

When you become a member of the Feather Society you will: 

•   Receive a handcrafted lapel pin or pendant
•   Receive acknowledgement in DU’s Annual Report

Giving Levels: 

•   Silver: $1 to $99,999
•   Gold: $100,000 to $249,999
•   Emerald: $250,000 to $499,999
•   Platinum: $500,000 to $999,999
•   Diamond: $1,000,000 to $4,999,999
•   Legacy Conservation Pioneer: $5,000,000 to $9,999,999
•   Legacy Waterfowl Patron: $10,000,000 to $19,999,999
•   Legacy Wetlands Guardian: $20,000,000 and above

Ways to Leave a Legacy:

•   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 

•   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 


Make a commitment to future generations - join Feather Society

To establish your planned gift, or to receive additional information, please contact Chris Cole, Managing Director of Gift Planning, at 901-758-3763 or visit www.ducksgift.org