Legacy Gifts: Leave a Wild Legacy

Be a Part of Crag's Future

“What will you do to save the mountain?”


Kate McCarthy’s legacy continues to inspire local communities to protect wild places like the Columbia Gorge and Mt. Hood from over-development. Kate often inspired others into action by asking “What will you do to save the mountain?”


Since 2001 Crag has provided critical and game-changing support to communities, tribes and conservation groups who are fighting against powerful foes to protect our region’s natural legacy By providing legal aid for the environment, Crag has helped hundreds of people win significant victories to protect the wild places, wildlife and communities that make our region a special place to live, work and play


The threats to our climate, communities, wilderness and wildlife will continue beyond our lifetimes. By making a planned gift Crag–such as a bequest, a charitable trust, or a beneficiary gift through retirement or life insurance – you can make it your legacy to protect our region’s natural legacy and the leave the world safer for future generations.


On this page, we provide a basic overview of planned giving options. Ask your attorney or trusted financial adviser to help you find the best type of planned gift for your situation, which may include naming Crag in your will through a bequest or as a beneficiary in a retirement plan or charitable trust. Crag Law Center cannot and will not provide legal advice on this particular matter. For more details on becoming a Wild Legacy supporter, please contact:
 Suzanne Savell, Development Director: suzanne@crag.org  phone: (503)525-2724.


Planned Giving Options


Wills & Living Trusts: The No Cost Way to Increase Your Impact

A simple, flexible and versatile way to ensure your values live on is by leaving Crag a gift in your will or living trust, known as a charitable bequest. By including Crag as a beneficiary in your will or living trust, you can leave a lasting legacy of legal aid for the environment for generations to come (and possibly receive tax benefits now). This is the most common way of leaving a legacy to Crag. There is no minimum bequest required and you can change your beneficiaries at any time.

Whether you wish to leave us your real property or name us in your life-insurance policy, your bequest gift will help ensure the continued strength of work and will make your voice for environmental justice and conservation heard well into the next century. There are many types of bequests. Please click here to learn more about what one might be right for you and get sample language to include in your bequest. 


Once you have chosen the most appropriate type of bequest for your legacy gift, please supply your attorney or other advisor with the following information:

Legal Name: Crag Law Center

Address: 3141 E. Burnside St., Portland, OR 97214

Federal Tax ID Number: 93-1323758

Although a bequest is a very personal affair, we would like the opportunity to thank you personally and acknowledge you as Wild Legacy supporter. Please let us know of your intention to include Crag in your will or trust, or you may ask your attorney to inform us.

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Beneficiary Designations: Support Crag for Generations to Come

Naming Crag as a beneficiary of assets such as retirement plans or life insurance policies is an easy way to ensure your support continues for generations to come.


If you want to make a simple, tax-wise gift, you can name Crag as a beneficiary for part or all of what remains in your retirement account when you no longer need it. This includes your individual retirement accounts (IRAs), Keogh plans, 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans and other qualified pension plans. The proceeds of these plans will be distributed outside probate and are entirely free from federal estate tax.

For more details, click here

Not only is it an easy way to give, but it’s also flexible—you aren’t locked into the choices you make today. You can review and adjust your beneficiary designations anytime you want at no cost.

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Important Information


Remember: Everyone’s tax situation is different, so the tax law’s effects on your bequest will be unique to you.


If you make the choice to leave a legacy to Crag, thank you!  Here is important information to help you finalize your legacy gift:


Legal description: 
Crag Law Center, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.


Legal Name: Crag Law Center


Address: 3141 E. Burnside St., Portland, OR 97214


Federal Tax ID Number: 93-1323758


The information provided on this page is general in nature. Please contact your professional tax adviser and/or attorney to learn how these options may relate to your individual circumstances. Crag Law Center is a nonprofit organization with a solid record of fiscal responsibility and conservation achievement since 2001. Crag cannot and will not provide legal advice for planned giving decisions. All gifts may have tax-deductible benefits and will help promote conservation and environmental justice through legal aid for the environment.


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