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Let forests be part of your enduring legacy.

Include a gift to American Forests in your will, trust, or by beneficiary designation.

Many American Forests supporters have chosen to make forests part of their legacy for future generations. You can ensure your legacy championing the health our forests, our communities and our planet by making a gift to American Forests in your will or trust or by beneficiary designation.

Your gift left to American Forests means you are leaving the world a better place for generations to come.

Evergreen Society Member Spotlight

Sheryl Gold’s passion for protecting forests began as a little girl. During her career, that passion brought her to American Forests in 1990 when she helped create a national television public service campaign for our American ReLeaf program. After spending 25 years focused on forestry issues closer to home, she began to consider her legacy and decided to include a gift to American Forests in her will. “I wanted to include American Forests because they are constantly seeking out new solutions and finding innovate ways to address them.”

Your Values

Your passion for forests and your support for American Forests are an expression of your values — that healthy forests are vital for the health of our communities and our planet. And you want future generations to be able to enjoy the many benefits that forests provide, like clean air and water, for people and wildlife alike.

American Forests has been a leader in forest conservation since 1875. With the help of people like you, American Forests has planted nearly 60 million trees in forest restoration projects across all 50 states since 1990 alone, from cities to the wilderness. When you include American Forests as a part of your estate plan, you can be part of this incredible legacy:

  • Conserving and restoring forests across the United States in all 50 states,
  • Ensuring that people in every American city enjoy the benefits of trees,
  • Fighting for sound forest policies and smart forestry planning and management practices, and
  • Making healthy forests an essential climate change solution.

How we care for our forests today will determine the future of life on our planet and have a direct impact on the lives of all Americans for generations to come.

Sample Language for Your Gift:

If you wish to include a gift to American Forests in your will, trust or by beneficiary designation, please use the following information:

“I give to American Forests, (EIN 53-0196544), a nonprofit corporation currently located at 1220 L Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20005,
or its successor thereto, ______________ [written amount or percentage
of the estate] for its unrestricted use and purpose.”

Legal Name: American Forests
Tax ID Number: 53-0196544
Address: 1220 L Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20005

Tribute Gifts

If you have a friend or loved one who has inspired you or has fostered your appreciation for the environment, you can make a legacy gift in their honor. Your memorial or tribute gift will be a lasting testament to your loved one and make a difference for the health of our forests and our planet for future generations.

Your Plan

American Forests has several complimentary resources available to assist you in planning for your future and your legacy.

Easy Ways to Make Forests Part of Your Legacy

This guide includes easy steps to begin your legacy, including checklists of what you need to create your plan.

My Legacy Planning Workbook

Whether you are just getting started or already have a will or trust in place, this guide will show you simple ways to include forests in your legacy.

Let Us Know

If you have already made a gift to American Forests in your will, trust or by beneficiary designation, please let us know so we can properly thank you and ensure that we receive your gift as you intended. Simply return this form. Once we receive confirmation of your intention, we will enroll you in American Forests’ Evergreen Society, so that you can begin to receive the special membership benefits we offer to those who include American Forests in their estate plans.

At Your Service

Sarah Mitchell, Director of Donor Experience and Engagement

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