The Feather Society

When you joined Ducks Unlimited, you demonstrated your care and concern for wetlands and waterfowl conservation.  Now, you can help DU ensure the future of these beloved resources for future generations 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.  Feather Society members proudly wear distinctive lapel pins and are acknowledged each year in the Ducks Unlimited Annual Report.

Feather Society 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 and above


Feather Society gifts are generally used to support DU's endowment.  Contributing to the endowment is a gift of great foresight as it contributes to the long-term sustainability of Ducks Unlimited.  These gifts will make sure that DU is able to continue accomplishing its mission and filling the skies today, tomorrow and forever.  

There are a variety of simple ways to join the Feather Society.  Perhaps the easiest way is making Ducks Unlimited a full or partial beneficiary of your life insurance, 401(k) or Individual Retirement Account.  Not only do these steps go a long way in helping Ducks Unlimited to accomplish its mission, there is a tangible savings offered up to you or your estate.  DU is capable of working with you and your advisors on setting up trusts, annuities and other creative planning vehicles. 

The Charitable IRA Rollover gift is available again this year.  For gifts during calendar year 2011, the opportunity has been extended to December 31, 2011.  This allows for DU donors over age 70 ½ to make distributions of up to $100,000 directly from your IRA to Ducks Unlimited.

Should you have any questions please contact National Director of Gift Planning, Jonathan Rich at (901) 758-3763 or Gift Planning Associate, Byron Liles at (901) 758-3876.  More information can also be found at