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Planned Giving

What will your legacy be?

Naturalist's Legacy Society TreeSince 1966, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center has provided enriching natural experiences that plant priceless seeds of wonder. Most of us have memories of places and events in our childhood that created a lasting connection to the natural world. Perhaps it was finding a bird's nest in the backyard or playing in a leaf pile in the fall with a cherished friend. Perhaps it involved a fort in an old gnarled maple, a walk through a milkweed patch filled with Monarch Butterflies, or a visit to a local nature center.

Do you have memories of enjoyable time well spent on the live animal trail with your family? Do you learn something new every time you visit that makes you think? Do you believe future generations need to love and understand the natural world in order to cherish and protect our heritage?

Your planned estate gift will help Squam Lakes Natural Science Center to continue to achieve its mission to teach about the natural world for generations to come.

Choosing the Right Gift

Outright Gifts

  • Provide immediate support and the most direct way to give
  • May be funded with cash, securities, or from a donor advised fund or other assets
  • Charitable deductions may help you to lower your income, gift, or estate taxes
  • Science Center receives full benefit of your gift upon receipt
  • You enjoy seeing your gift at work during your lifetime


  • Easily done through your will or trust or donor advised fund
  • May be a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or a specific asset
  • You have continued use of your assets during your lifetime
  • May provide charitable estate tax deduction

Retirement Assets and Life Insurance

  • Name the Science Center as beneficiary of a retirement account, life insurance policy, or investment account
  • Take advantage of the IRA Charitable rollover as a tax free rollover which counts toward your required minimum distribution.

Deferred Gifts

  • Provide an income stream for you and a loved one
  • May be funded with cash, securities, or other assets
  • May provide income and estate tax benefits

Charitable gift annuity

  • You will receive a fixed income, regardless of market conditions
  • Payment is guaranteed for your lifetime
  • Payments may be deferred, which increases the income payment and charitable tax deduction
  • May provide a rate of return higher than otherwise available
  • Allows you to diversify your assets
  • When annuity payments cease to beneficiaries, balance is transferred to the Science Center

Charitable remainder trust

  • You or your beneficiaries receive a fixed or variable amount for life or a term of years
  • If trust is established during your lifetime, you receive a charitable income tax deduction for the value of the remainder interest that is transferred to the Science Center
  • May reduce or eliminate capital gains tax if you use assets with a low basis
  • No capital gains tax is owed on the gift portion if you fund a trust with appreciated assets; the trustee can sell the assets free of capital gains tax and reinvest the proceeds

Charitable lead trust

  • Charities you designate benefit immediately
  • Your family or other beneficiaries ultimately receive the remainder of the trust’s property
Take a moment to think about the role Squam Lakes Natural Science Center plays in your life and consider how you can provide financial assistance to help it carry on its mission to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire's natural world. By making a planned estate gift, you can continue to help the Science Center into the future.

Have you already included Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in your estate plans? We'd love to know so we can follow your wishes, thank you, and welcome you into the Naturalist's Legacy Society.

Want to learn more? Fill out the form below and we will contact you about the Naturalist's Legacy Society.

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Read personal stories from some of our Naturalist's Legacy Society members:

"When I first heard about planned giving I thought it would be something great to do for the Science Center. But I didn't want to run up the legal fees for esttae planning purposees that might change over time as our proirities did. (That's "estate" such as it is.)

Then I discovered it's possible to plan some giving in a cheap, easily changeable way: IRA or 401(k) beneficiaary designations. You go to the website of whoever manages your fund and plug in a lovely non-profit like Squam Lakes Natural Science Center as a beneficiary, along with a percentage of the assets you'd like them to get, and allocate the rest ro your spouse or kids.

So that's what I did. It took less than a minute and cost nothing, but guarantees the Science Center the equivalent of several years' annual fund contributions from me... in the event I get run over by a moose." - Laurie Beeson

"Over the years Squam Lakes Natural Science Center has become a touchstone for us during our vacation at Squam Lake. We are drawn to the peace and beauty, enjoy walking the trails, and visiting favorite exhibits, but most of all have come to appreciate the visition the Science Center has. We see personal commitment by staff and volunteers alike when it is their familiar faces greeting us year after year. We notice change as we walk around, and know that the Center is dynamic, not static. It is always striving to improve.

It is in this spirit of appreciateion for all that the Science Center has done and will continue to do in its mission, and our wish that future generations be able to experience what we enjoy today that we have included the Science Center in our estate plan as a beneficiary of our life insurance." - Nancy and Jim Ainsworth

"Have you ever noticed how a groundhog is adapted to winter? Have you ever heard children giggle as they crawl through a "sensory tunnel"? Do you know if red squirrels or grays hide their food in one place? These are just some of the experiences and knowledge that Squam Lakes Natural Science Center makes available to children, parents, and community members. Having served as a summer staff member and a sixth grader science teacher at Gilford Middle High School, I've been watching and participating in these programs for over 20 years. Repeatedly, I've been impressed by the Center's knowledge, professionalism, enthusiasm, and ethical approach to environmental education.

When it came time for me to consider writing my will and dedicing where to allocate my money, there was no question that the Science Center be first on that list. Since I wanted to see these programs continue and expand behond my lifetime, I set up a trust naming the Center as one of my beneficiaries." - Barbara Bald

Download and print the Naturalist's Legacy Society brochure

See all participants in the Naturalist's Legacy Society.

For more information about Planned Giving please contact Janet Robertson, Development and Communications Director, at 603-968-7194 x12 or Janet.Robertson@nhnature.org.

Naturalist's Legacy Society Participants:

Anonymous (10)
Nancy and Jim Ainsworth
Lucile Allen*
Barbara A. Bald
Carol and Marc Bard
In memory of John M. Barnaby from Charlotte B. Barnaby*
Roberta T. Bartlett*
Dorothy Ann Bates*
Katherine Beede*
Susan and Laurie Beeson
Ellen F. D. Bennett*
Alexandra T. Breed and Douglas P. Hill
Natale Linton Brown* and J. Willcox Brown*
Butterworth Estate*
Tod Campbell and Susan Murray-Campbell
George A. Carr
Anne Louise Luquer Clinton
Bea and Woolsey Conover
Peggy Mathieson Conver
Tim Curry
Richard Davenport*
Louise deSousa*
Brian and Lydia Eaton
Audrey Eisenhauer
Kenneth and Jennifer Evans
Richard V. Fabian, Jr.*
Timothy and Susan Fabian
Alfred* and Bertha Fauver
John P. Fernandes
Charlotte Parker Fisher* and Josiah H.V. Fisher*
Timothy O. Fisher
Clara B. Fowler*
Diane Garfield and Peter L. Gross, MD
Joanne and Cyrus Gibson
Donna L. Goldberg
Nancy W. Grady*
Joyce and Steve Hackett
Dennis and Elizabeth Hager
Linda L. Hanson, VMD
Barbara Hendrick
Emmy-Lou Jorgensen
Liz and Tom Kelsey
Linda and Bill Lee
Carl Lehner
Iain and Susan MacLeod
Joan and David Martin
Louise and Arthur (Sandy) McGinnes
Susan G. McKimens
Mary Ann and John McRae
John P. Merrill
Warren and Paul Miller*
Mari T. O'Neil
Helen Macgregor Paul*
Marjorie B. Perry*
Mark Peterson
Emily D. Preston
Barbara T. Ridgely*
Janet Robertson
Elizabeth and C. Daniel Rowe
Tom Samyn
Olivia Saunders
Marnie Blaisdell Schulz
Alice Kimbell Schutter*
Nancy and John Sherman
Richard Starbuck and Deane Hall
Carol and Robert Stewart
Lea A. Stewart
Shirley J. Stockwell
Carol and John Thompson
Len and Heather Thomsen
Ellyn Tighe, DVM.
Fred Toll*
Bryant F. Tolles, Jr.
Marjorie L. Tuttle*
Courtney and Justin Van Etten
Tony Wagner and PJ Blankenhorn
Betsy and Bruce Whitmore
Jo Ann and Peter Wood*