Join DU Feather Society

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:

  • Designate DU to receive a portion of your estate in your will. This could be in the form of specific percentage or dollar amount, or even specific assets (stock, land, etc.).

  • Designate DU as a beneficiary of a portion of your retirement savings plan (IRA, 401k, etc.).

  • Estabilish life income gift arrangement that will provide you income and eventially leave a gift for Ducks Unlimited.

  • Designate DU as a beneficiary of a portion of your life insurance benefits.

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