Planned Gifts

Support the next generation of raptors—and raptor biologists— by including HawkWatch International in your charitable gift planning. 

Charitable gift planning is a complex area that offers tax-advantaged methods of giving. And contrary to popular belief, these options aren't limited to estate planning! You'll find a number of ways you can support raptor conservation below. Please be aware, however, that the information presented here is general in nature. You should contact your professional tax or legal advisor for specific information for structuring a gift.

If you wish to include HawkWatch International in any type of planned gift, please use the following language after stating the nature of the gift: “HawkWatch International, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Utah, with a current address of 2240 South 900 East Salt Lake City, UT 84106 and a federal tax identification number of 85-0358519.”

For more information about planning a gift to HawkWatch International, or if you already have planned your gift, contact Kirsten Elliott at 801-484-6808 x109 or .

Donor-advised Funds

Donor-advised funds (DAFs) are a simple, tax-effective way to support raptor conservation right now! You can think of a DAF fund as your "charitable bank account." All you need to is create a DAF with a public charity that sponsors a DAF program. Common examples include Fidelity, Charles Schwab, or a community foundation in your area. You deposit money, taking a tax deduction in that year, but then recommend gifts to a qualified public charity (like HawkWatch International!) whenever you like.

If you have questions about giving with a donor-advised fund, contact Kirsten Elliott at (801) 484-6808 x109 or   

Retirement Plan Beneficiary Designation

You can name HawkWatch International as a partial or total beneficiary of your Individual Retirement Account (IRA), pension plan, employer retirement plan, Keogh plan, 401(k), 403(b) or other qualified pension plan. This type of gift to HawkWatch International is distributed outside of probate and is entirely free of both federal estate tax and income tax. There is no limit on the amount you can leave to HWI through a retirement plan beneficiary designation.

Life Insurance Gifts

Life insurance policies offer another way to support raptor conservation. You can name HawkWatch International as a beneficiary of a new or existing policy. You can assign HWI as the owner of a no longer needed paid-up or partially paid policy. You may also take out a new policy with HWI as the owner.


Another simple way to support raptor conservation is through your will or living trust. You can name HawkWatch International as the direct beneficiary of specific assets, a portion of your estate, or of your residual estate after payment of other bequests. Bequests to HWI are entirely free from federal estate taxes and can, therefore, offer substantial estate tax savings. There is no limit on the amount you can leave to HWI through your will.


HawkWatch International manages an Endowment Fund of more than $1 million, which allows donors to give in perpetuity to support our raptor conservation and education programs.

Let us turn your gift into a lifetime of conservation.  Endowment gifts can be restricted and made through stock, cash, and a variety of other ways that provide tax benefits and income for life to the donor.  If you would like to donate to our Endowment fund or have questions, contact us.

Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT)

With the typical charitable remainder trust, long-term appreciated securities or real estate are donated to a trust for the ultimate benefit of HawkWatch International. The transfer of assets is irrevocable and the income you receive can be for your life or the lives of your beneficiaries or for a set number of years (maximum of 20). Income is payable to you as the donor or your beneficiaries, either in fixed or variable amounts depending upon the form of the trust. HWI will receive the “remainder” of assets upon termination of the trust. You will receive a charitable deduction and avoid capital gains tax on the appreciation in securities.

Charitable Lead Trust

With the typical charitable lead trust, donors transfer assets into the trust for the life or lives of individuals or for a term of years with HawkWatch International named as the income beneficiary. During the term of the trust, HWI receives income payments at an agreed-upon rate of interest. At the end of the term of the trust, the assets are transferred back to the donor or to other individuals, typically a family member such as a grandchild. Generally, the gift of interest to HWI qualifies for a charitable income tax deduction.

Real Estate Gifts

Donations of real estate may be done through a bequest in a will or living trust, or by other gift planning mechanisms. There is also a gift of remainder interest in a personal residence (Life Estate Remainder). With this gift, the donor irrevocably transfers ownership of a personal residence to HawkWatch International, retaining the right to live in or otherwise use the property during the donor's lifetime. This gift creates an income tax deduction, immediately, for the present value of the calculated remainder gift to charity. The tax deduction can be carried forward to future years if necessary. This type of gift allows the donor to take the personal residence out of their taxable estate while still residing in it.