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Legacy giving

leave a legacy for future generations

Legacy giving is about having the foresight to protect this place for the future. To learn more about legacy gifts, please email Megan Keating at

You first fell in love with the roaring rapids of Hells Canyon, or have cherished memories of backpacking with family in the Blue, Elkhorn, or Wallowa Mountains. You value that this place, with its breadth of elevations and habitat types, is a refuge for native species in the face of climate change. Whatever your motivation, your legacy gift ensures a wild and thriving future for one of the most ecologically diverse landscapes in the West. 

Without imagining a wild future, we never would have stopped the High Mountain Sheep Dam, created the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, or saved thousands of old growth trees from being logged. Planning ahead is an essential tenet of conservation.

opportunities to give

You can support the future GHCC with a bequest in your will or living trust. You have the power to name GHCC as the sole beneficiary of your estate, as the beneficiary for a percentage of your estate, or to specify a certain dollar amount to give.  You can choose how you want funds to be used, and you retain full control over your assets during your lifetime.

Example: I bequeath __________ (dollar amount or % of estate) to Greater Hells Canyon Council, a non-profit organization located at PO Box 607, Enterprise, OR 97828, for its ongoing environmental conservation work, tax ID # 93-0999442.

While bequests are the most common form of planned giving, you can also name GHCC as a beneficiary to your IRA, 401(k), pension plan, or life insurance. These options can provide tax savings when you name a charity as your beneficiary. (Please consult your financial advisor for up to date tax code.) Some people opt to name their family as beneficiaries to one asset (say, a pension plan) and a charity for another (e.g. life insurance).


You're choosing to protect this place for generations to come. We've made it easy for you to let us know of your plans with this pain-free form.

While we try to stay up-to-date on tax law, please consult your financial advisor when creating or making changes to your planning documents.

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