Everybody needs a will
Whether you’re 18 or 108, everyone should have a will in place. People use wills to choose who gets their property, name guardians for minor children, provide a plan for pets, and more.
Through a will, many people also choose to leave a part of their estate to the National Museum of Wildlife Art and make an impact on the causes they love, for years to come.
Why give in your will?
Commonly gifted assets in wills and trusts
- Financial accounts
- Real estate
- Brokerage accounts
- Crypto and NFTs
- Personal property
Make the most of this free gift for our supporters
The National Museum of Wildlife Art has partnered with FreeWill to offer an online estate planning tool that makes it easy and cost-free to make your plan. In as little as 20 minutes, you can help support our mission for future generations.
Estate planning checklist
Ten important documents to get your affairs in order.
Sample bequest language for your will or trust
This language may help you and your attorney as you consider a gift that will meet your financial and personal goals.
When it’s time to update your will, you can use a codicil—an addition or supplement that explains or modifies your existing will.
Did you know there are creative ways to support the National Museum of Wildlife Art? Ways in which the Museum, you and your loved ones all benefit at the same time?
Such giving techniques are called “planned gifts,” because with thoughtful planning, you create win-win solutions for you and the Museum.
Planning your estate and legacy for future generations, including your charitable interests, takes careful evaluation. Consulting with the appropriate professionals can assist you. Discussing your charitable intentions with us can lead to a much better result than going it alone — and will ensure that your gift is used just as you wish. We can provide valuable information about any of the creative giving techniques mentioned in these planned giving pages.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! Gifts of any size are deeply appreciated. Many people choose to leave a percentage of their estate, which scales up or down with your estate size.
Yes! We always respect wishes for anonymity, we just ask that this be clearly communicated to our staff in advance.
We’ve partnered with FreeWill to help you make a will or trust at no cost to you. You can use this to complete your plans, or you may choose to use the same tools to get your affairs in order before visiting an attorney (who is likely to have a fee associated with finalizing your plans).
Yes. You are always free to revise or update your estate plans.
Yes! FreeWill will never share your personal information without your permission.
We’re here to help you meet your goals!
More ways to make an impact
Gifting assets not covered by your will — like 401(k) or IRA accounts — may help your heirs avoid unwanted taxes, even if you’re below the estate tax threshold.
Popular tax-smart gifts
Many people are increasingly choosing to give non-cash assets, so they can have a bigger impact at less cost to them.