Planned Giving

Planned Giving for the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art

The Wild Goose Society recognizes and honors those friends and members of the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art who has made a commitment to the future of this institution by including the Museum in their estate plans. You can help ensure the Ward Museum’s future with flexible options other than cash donations through planned giving. Wild Goose Society members are recognized on a plaque in the museum and receive VIP invitations and recognition.

The Wild Goose Society Planned Giving Options

For the long-term sustainability of the Ward Museum, gifts to the endowment can be made in several ways.

One  of the simplest ways to support the Museum’s future; a bequest from your will or your revocable trust provides a direct gift for the  Ward Museum.  You can designate the purpose of the gift, or it can serve the ongoing operations of the Museum.

Beneficiary Designation
A simple way to include the Museum in your estate plan is to name the museum as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy, retirement plan, IRA, or brokerage account by filling out a beneficiary designation form from your plan provider or administrator.

Charitable Gift Annuities/ Charitable Trusts
These estate planning vehicles can create income streams which support the financial future of you or your heirs and tax-advantaged funding for the Ward Museum.

Making a Planned Gift
The Ward Museum has relationships with the Salisbury University Foundation and the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. These agencies or your personal financial advisor can assist you with these planned giving options.

For more information on how planned giving might work for you, please contact the Director’s Office at: 410-742-4988 x111