Help protect and preserve America's national parks for generations to come with a planned gift to NPCA.

By including the National Parks Conservation Association in your long-term plans, you will help protect the awesome wonder of America’s national parks for generations to come. There are several approaches to planning the best gift for your situation and way of life.

We welcome the opportunity to show you the potential benefits of making a planned gift to support NPCA’s work. Please contact West Honeycutt, NPCA’s Director of Planned Giving, at 202.809.2787 or whoneycutt@npca.org for more information.

IRA Gifts / Qualified Charitable Distributions / Required Minimum Distributions

If you are age 72 or older and own a traditional IRA, you are legally required to take a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) each year. Moreover, since your funds have accumulated in a traditional IRA pre-tax, the withdrawal of your RMD each year will be subject to income tax.

Many national parks supporters who do not need these funds choose to donate them to NPCA and invest in the long-term future of their favorite national parks. By making a direct transfer of all or a portion of your RMD, you can avoid the income tax you may be subject to. This is known as a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) and you are allowed to transfer up to $100,000 each year.

In order to quickly and efficiently match your IRA distribution gift to your donor record (and promptly provide you the receipt you will need for your taxes), it is helpful if you proactively inform us a check is coming, the amount of the check, and the financial institution. For more information, contact West Honeycutt, Director of Planned Giving, at 202.809.2787 or by email at whoneycutt@npca.org.

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