Supporting the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust
The Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust conserves Wyoming’s working land and wide-open spaces. Your generosity makes our work possible. All gifts, no matter the size or frequency, help to safeguard these values and ensure that together we can keep Wyoming, Wyoming.
Making a cryptocurrency donation to support the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust enables us to conserve Wyoming’s working agricultural lands, which also provide open space, wildlife habitat, and other environmental benefits for future generations Your generosity makes our work possible, helping us safeguard these values and ensuring that together we can keep Wyoming, Wyoming.
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We invite you to join our monthly donor program. Monthly giving allows you to MAXIMIZE your impact and allows us to expand our presence across the state of Wyoming.
Two great reasons to consider a monthly gift:
It is EASY!
With automatic payments you don’t have to worry about writing checks each month. Setup is simple – just select monthly giving when donating online or call Sarah at 307.772.8751 for assistance.
It is EFFECTIVE!
Giving monthly allows you to spread your impact throughout the year and allows us to improve our long-range planning and decision making with predictable income.
Join our community of monthly donors today!
What kind of legacy will you leave? You can play a part in preserving Wyoming’s open spaces, wildlife, and ranching heritage for future generations while also fulfilling your financial goals. We invite you to join our Legacy Society today!
Benefits of Planned Giving
- Make a larger charitable gift than you could with other means
- Pass assets on to your loved ones with reduced tax liability
- Reduction of income taxes
- Avoidance of capital-gains tax
- Increase in disposable income
- Elimination of estate taxes
Donors of planned gifts may specify how they want the proceeds of their gifts to be used to help WSGLT acheive its mission. WSGLT staff can work closely with you and your financial advisor to determine what gift planning vehicle is the best fit for you.
For more information, please contact our staff at 307-772-8751
Planned Giving Options
Gifts of Appreciated Assets
These may include stocks or other securities, mutual fund shares, or real-estate. No capital-gains tax liability is realized on the gift of appreciated assets if they have been held for a year or more, and donors earn an income-tax deduction on the current, full-fair-market value of the gift.
Bequests may be made through your will or revocable trust and may include financial assets, real estate, or other property.
Donors may identify a specific asset or sum of money, a percentage of an asset or of their entire estate, or a residual amount after other heirs have been taken care of.
Supporters may also designate the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust as
a sole or partial beneficiary of a retirement plan such as an IRA or 401(k).
Donors making gifts by bequest retain the flexibility of changing their bequests as their needs (and the needs of their heirs) change, and their bequests will pass to the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust free of estate taxes.
Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRTs)
Through a charitable remainder trust, supporters of the land trust can make gifts of securities, real estate, cash, or other assets while retaining the right to earn income from those assets for a period of years, or for life. After that term ends, those assets become a charitable gift to the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust.
Benefits to you:
– You receive a generous income tax deduction the year the trust is created.
– You save capital gains tax.
There are two kinds of remainder trusts designed to meet differing donor financial goals.
– An annuity trust pays the donor a fixed amount annually, regardless of how the trust’s investments perform.
– A unitrust pays a percentage of the assets, which fluctuates based on the annual value of the trust.
Charitable Lead Trusts
A valuable, often-overlooked tool for individuals with sizable estates, charitable lead trusts are a tax-smart way to support the land trust now and pass a portion of your estate on to heirs while avoiding heavy gift and estate taxes.
Established during life or through a will, lead trusts sometimes provide a larger inheritance to heirs than an outright bequest or taxable gift.
To create a charitable lead trust, you transfer securities, real estate, business interests, or similar properties to a trust for the benefit of the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust. The trust pays income to the land trust for a fixed term of years. At the end of that term, the assets go to a non-charitable beneficiary, such as a child or grandchild. The assets often appreciate and are transferred with lower gift or estate tax.
Gifts of Life Insurance
Life insurance is a straightforward way to support the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust.
The most common method, especially if you have a policy your family no longer needs, is to designate the land trust
as the owner of that policy. This option allows an immediate income tax deduction and can include the entire policy, or a percentage of it.
You can also simply name the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust as a beneficiary.
Gifts of Residence with Retained Life Estate (RLE)
Retained Life Estates (RLE’s) allow Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust supporters to make a gift of a house, farm, or ranch but retain the right to continue to use it for the rest of their lives while earning a tax deduction based on their life expectancy.
A gift of property while reserving its use for the remainder of a person’s lifetime has a number of benefits. First and foremost is the ability to make a strong future impact with a gift that does not cost anything to you right now. A retained life estate gift simplifies the administration of a person’s estate for their loved ones and also provides the donor with an immediate charitable deduction which can mean substantial tax savings now.
Planned Giving Fund Options
Available for use at the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust’s discretion in areas where the most need exists.
Ag Land Conservation Fund
The Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust helps landowners protect their land, not just during their lifetimes, but in perpetuity. The Land Trust has a restricted fund, the Ag Land Conservation Fund, to ensure adequate financial resources to meet the permanent responsibility of monitoring and enforcing its conservation easements. Donations to this fund shall be invested and managed as a restricted fund.
Ranchland Succession Fund
The Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust initiated the Ranchland Succession Program to address the issue of disappearing ag lands across Wyoming. The intention of the Ranchland Succession Fund is to bring new tools to ensure the next generation of Wyoming producers remain on the land and keep important private, working land in agriculture.
Cultural Landscape Fund
The Cultural Landscape Fund was established in memory of Alvin Weiderspahn, who served on the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust’s Board of Directors from 2009 until his death in 2014, to help private landowners maintain lands through ranching culture. Funds in this account will be directed by the Land Trust to assist with voluntary conservation of private ranch lands so they may sustain people and cultural resources for generations to come. Donations to this fund may be utilized for traditional conservation purposes, such as the acquisition of conservation easements or costs associated with completing that work, estate, or succession planning assistance to ranching families, or to further awareness and conservation of ranch culture.
Legacy Society Members
Jackie Griffith ~ Dr. John and Susie Lunt ~ Fred Kusel ~ Catherine Kusel
Pamela Dewell ~ Georgene Lebar Charitable Trust ~ Wood Ranch ~ Marcia Gladstone
As you consider your charitable gift giving, remember that gifts made now can generate income tax deductions and reduce your tax bill. Charitable gifts to the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust can be made in the form of cash, check, electronic transfers or gifts “in-kind”. When you itemize your tax deductions, charitable gifts may be used to eliminate federal income tax on up to half of your adjusted gross income.