The Herbert Mills Legacy Society

We Invite You to Join!

The Herbert Mills Legacy Society honors those who have made a transformative decision to include The Wetlands Institute in their will or other estate plans. Named after the founder of the Institute, the Herbert Mills Legacy Society allows us the opportunity to recognize and thank these members for their generosity and commitment to our mission.

Inspired by Herbert Mills’ love of the wetlands and the life they support, our Herbert Mills Legacy Society members provide the opportunity for future generations to experience the beauty and wonder of the coastal environment, and discover the important role that wetlands play in all our lives.

Legacy Society members receive special recognition in our annual donor listings and on the Wall of Honor in the Institute’s main entrance.

“I hope there continues to be a bright future for The Wetlands Institute both scientifically and as a place where the wonder of this local natural habitat can be shared and enjoyed with all.”

Barbara Eckhardt – Charter Member of the Herbert Mills Legacy Society

Joining the Herbert Mills Legacy Society is easy and can be done in two simple steps:

  1. Include The Wetlands Institute in your will or other estate plan.
  2. Inform us of your plans so that we can welcome you into the Herbert Mills Legacy Society. That’s all there is to it!

If you have already included us in your plans, please let us know so that we can thank you properly and ensure that your gift will be used exactly as you intend.

If you would like to include The Wetlands Institute in your will or other estate planning document, please feel free to use the following sample language:

“I give, devise, and bequeath to The Wetlands Institute, ____ % or the sum of $____ (or a description of the specific asset), for the benefit of The Wetlands Institute and its general purposes.”


“I give, devise, and bequeath to The Wetlands Institute all the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, for the benefit of The Wetlands Institute and its general purpose.”


 What and How to Give

The Wetlands Institute has many options for planned gifts. Some of these vehicles allow you to make charitable contributions while preserving economic security for yourself and your loved ones. Planned gifts can also provide you with powerful tax savings and other benefits while allowing you to leave a permanent, growing legacy.

The Wetlands Institute’s giving options vary depending on whether you want to give now or in the future. Some future gifts may allow you to receive an income during your lifetime and benefit your favorite causes after you have passed. Consider us part of your planning team.

Even if you can’t make a gift today, you may be able to provide for a generous gift in the future without it costing you anything during your lifetime. Whether you make a bequest or create a comprehensive estate planning strategy, we can help you create a planned gift that fits your interests and financial means. In partnership with your professional advisor, we can help you realize your goals, achieve tax advantages and leave a growing legacy for generations to come.

Gifts of Cash

A gift of cash is a simple and easy way for you to make a gift. You will receive a charitable tax deduction that will provide you with savings on this year’s tax return.

Gifts of Stocks and Bonds

A gift of appreciated securities (such as stock, bonds, and mutual funds), is an easy way for you to make a gift. By making a gift of your appreciated securities, you can avoid paying capital gains tax that would otherwise be due if you sold these assets.

Gift of Retirement Plan

Many donors have found it desirable and advantageous to use their retirement plans for charitable giving purposes. If you plan to leave to your children the assets that you’ve spent a lifetime building up in a retirement plan, such as an IRA or Section 401(k) and 403(b) plans, you should be aware that those assets may be subject to double taxation first through the donor’s estate tax, and then through the beneficiaries’ income tax. Estate and income taxes may well amount to up to 70 percent of the assets in the plan, thus leaving only 30 percent to your children.

Gifts of Life Insurance

If your life insurance policy is no longer needed or will no longer benefit your survivors, a gift of your life insurance policy is an excellent way to make a gift to The Wetlands Institute and make a bigger impact than you ever thought you could in any given year. You can name the Institute as a beneficiary or owner and claim an income tax deduction.

Real Estate

A gift of your real property (such as your home, vacation property, vacant land, farmland or ranch, or commercial property) can make a great gift. If you own appreciated real property, you can avoid paying capital gains tax by making a gift to The Wetlands Institute.


A bequest is one of the simplest ways to support The Wetlands Institute. These thoughtful gifts ensure that The Wetlands Institute can continue to protect our New Jersey wetlands and waters and those who are impacted by the environment you care about for future generations. You can leave a specific amount, a percentage or the balance remaining in your estate after taxes, expenses and specific bequests have been paid. If you have already made a bequest for the future of The Wetlands Institute, please let us know your plans so we can thank you and welcome you to the Herbert Mills Legacy Society!

Charitable Remainder or Lead Trusts

You can place assets in a trust that pays annual income to you (or another named beneficiary) for life. After your lifetime or a term of years, the remainder of the trust can be transferred to The Wetlands Institute. Benefits can include capital gains tax avoidance, reduced income taxes and provisions for your loved ones.

For more information or to talk with our Development Office, please contact 609-368-1211 or contact us via email. The Wetlands Institute strongly advises you to consult with a professional advisor before making a planned gift. Information on this website should not be considered legal or financial advice.

To download a printable pdf version of this list of gift planning vehicles, click here.

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