Create a Legacy

Planned & Estate Giving

Create a legacy by including Hoosier Environmental Council in your planned or estate giving.

Leaving a gift to the Hoosier Environmental Council in your will, by beneficiary designation, or in another way set forth with your financial advisor, is a great way to make a lasting difference for Indiana’s environment. Your gift will ensure that we can do even more to safeguard Indiana’s rivers, air, and wildlife habitat for generations to come.

Legacy Society

Your commitment makes you a part of our Legacy Society. The Legacy Society is a native Indiana wildflower signifying hope and positivity. It thrives in the toughest conditions and is a source of sustenance for pollinators like bees and butterflies. Like the Legacy Society, people who make planned gifts to SAWs are providing for Indiana’s wildlife and seek to bring hope in challenging terrain. As a member of this Society, you will be invited to occasional, exclusive events for our planned gift donors including guided nature outings and educational opportunities on topics ranging from climate policy to investment strategies.

Contact our Executive Director, Tim Thurston at or (317) 844-7664 to discuss your planned giving to SAWs.

This information is not intended as tax, legal, or financial advice. Please consult with your personal financial advisor for information specific to your situation.

Other Ways to Support SAWs

 Most often, planned gifts are made as a bequest in a will or trust. But did you know that there are other ways to leave a lasting legacy? Your financial planner can advise about the most advantageous ways for you to give. Consult with your experts, or check out our SAWs Green Business program if you’re looking for a service provider.

Donate Stock
Some options for planned giving may have more immediate tax incentives, like donating appreciated securities, including stocks, bonds or mutual funds. Benefits may include avoiding capital gains and diversifying your portfolio. It’s simple: you transfer appreciated securities to SAWs and we sell them to fund environmental programs in Indiana.
Qualified Charitable Distributions
Individuals who are 70.5 years old are required to take minimum distributions from their IRA. By donating these distributions to SAWs, you will satisfy your minimum distributions, but the amount will not be counted as income for the year.
Leave a Legacy
Include SAWs in your will or trust so that your voice for the environment lives on beyond your lifetime. It’s very simple to do! Just tell your estate professionals that you’d like to make a bequest, and provide them with language making your wishes clear.