Share your intention to leave a future gift to the Academy and unlock a matching gift of $10,000+ today.

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Protecting global biodiversity. Providing environmental education for youth. Connecting audiences to science and nature. It’s all in a day’s work for the Academy—and it’s all thanks to supporters like you.

Now, you have the opportunity to transform your gift for the future into a gift for today.

An inspired donor generously offered to make a cash gift to the Academy today when you notify the Academy of your planned gift. By letting us know of your intention to name the Academy as a beneficiary of your will, trust, retirement fund, or other financial accounts, you’ll unlock a Legacy Match Challenge gift of $10,000 or more.

To join the challenge and help the Academy secure up to $300,000 in matching gifts, please complete your gift intention form by June 30.

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What gifts qualify for the Legacy Match Challenge?

Any bequest—a percentage of your estate, a specific gift amount, or real property—with an estimated future value of $25,000 or more qualifies for the $10,000 Legacy Match Challenge gift today.

You can unlock even more dollars if:

  • You are over the age of 70.
  • Your future gift has an estimated value of $1 million or more or you name the Academy as the sole beneficiary of your estate.
  • Your future gift to the Academy is irrevocable.

Each condition above adds $5,000 more—meaning your future bequest could result in a $25,000 Legacy Match Challenge gift today.

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A gift that anyone can make

Masked older man and young girl look inside an exhibit at the Academy

A bequest or beneficiary designation (also called a planned or estate gift) is a thoughtful gift that costs you nothing today but makes an extraordinary impact on the future of the Academy—and the planet. Ensure the beneficiaries of your lifetime of careful saving and investing are decided by you, not the courts. Name the Academy in your estate plan today.

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When you share your future gift plans, you receive all the benefits enjoyed by Eastwood Associates—a vibrant community of like-minded individuals who attend insider events and receive special donor perks.

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Contact us
Not sure where to start? We’re here to help. If you're ready to submit your gift intention form, click here.
Debra Holcomb
Associate Director, Gift Planning
(415) 379-5202