Planned Giving with NICHES
You can help keep ecosystems healthy, accessible and protected for current and future generations.
Through gift planning, you have an opportunity to ensure that NICHES Land Trust can continue to protect, restore, and sustain our local natural areas.
There are many way to include NICHES Land Trust in your estate. Your gift shows a commitment to local conservation and your legacy will provide opportunities for others to experience the wonders of the natural world. Thank you for considering a life-planning gift to NICHES Land Trust.
The Vancendak's story
Hoosier families who have loved owning natural lands reach out to NICHES Land Trust to further preserve and protect their properties. Families like the Vacendak's and their Newton County acres are grateful to be able to share their land with NICHES and the public.
Ways to Give
Making a bequest has no out of pocket cost, and the value of the bequest can reduce your taxable estate. In your Will, you can leave a parcel of land, a specific sum or a percentage of your estate; which creates a bequest in proportion to the value of your estate.
Sample Bequest Language:
“I hereby give, devise, and bequeath to NICHES Land Trust, Inc., a non-profit corporation in Indiana, for its general purposes ____ dollars or ____ percentage of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate.”
Revocable Living Trust
Like a Will, a Living Trust is created with your legal counsel. Unlike a Will, the Living Trust is not probated; this protects the privacy of your last wishes.
Charitable Remainder Trust
By making an irrevocable gift to a Charitable Remainder Trust, you can receive income for your lifetime. The remainder reverts to NICHES after your lifetime or a fixed period of time.
Life Insurance and Retirement Plans*
Naming NICHES as a beneficiary of an existing or new policy makes a generous bequest at minimal cost. When you also name NICHES as the owner of the policy, you receive an immediate charitable deduction and premium payments are deductible.
You can name NICHES as a beneficiary of your IRA through a cash bequest or a charitable remainder trust.
*To make a gift through a life insurance policy or retirement plan, complete the Beneficiary Form provided by the administrator or insurance carrier.
NICHES Land Trust currently has 8 endowments which benefit our work. There is an opportunity to help grow one of our existing endowments or create your own.
— Walter and Kay Beineke
Black Rock Society –
Estate Plan Donor
By joining the Black Rock Society as an Estate Plan Donor, you join others in shaping the future of NICHES Land Trust with your contribution.
— Lenard Miller and Dianne Talbot
NICHES Land Trust is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We protect west-central Indiana's native ecosystems and connect people to nature. Federal tax ID: 35-1964901.
Source of Funding
NICHES is not funded by tax dollars and we do not receive support from county, state, or federal government organizations. We rely on the support of people, foundations, businesses and other entities.
Have you ever wondered about the name? NICHES stands for Northern Indiana Citizens Helping Ecosystems Survive. We protect a 'niche here' and a 'niche there' to preserve a high quality of life.
Accredited Land Trust
Through demonstration of fiscal accountability, strong organizational leadership, sound transactions and lasting stewardship, NICHES holds accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.