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.

Call NICHES Today! (765) 423-1605

walter and kay bieneke group
"When you are the owner of a property characterized by fields, forests and farmland, and you begin to accept that you may not live forever, you realize that a decision should be made concerning the deposition of the property to ‘someone.’ The simple answer is to deed the property to NICHES. It was the easiest and best decision I could have made!"

— 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.

Call NICHES Today! (765) 423-1605

lenard miller and dianne talbot
"Spending time at NICHES properties has given us much joy. NICHES brings together dedicated people of all ages with a common purpose: restore and preserve the natural landscapes that characterize our Hoosier heritage. We are grateful for the opportunity to support the missions of NICHES and by doing so contribute our small share to these important projects and lessen our negative impact on our planet Earth."

— Lenard Miller and Dianne Talbot

For more information about Planned Giving, please email NICHES Land Trust at or call 765-423-1605.

Nonprofit Status

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.

NICHES Meaning

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.

Complicated questions don’t always have complicated answers.
By joining NICHES you make it possible to protect your natural surroundings.
 If you've read this far, thank you. Now GO OUTSIDE! 
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