Leave Your Legacy

Today’s climate crisis has been building for centuries and will take many years to undo. Help Earthwatch continue the fight for a sustainable future for as long as it takes by making a charitable bequest or other form of deferred or planned gift as part of your estate plans.


There are many ways to remember Earthwatch in your estate plans, and most of these gifts are easy to create, very flexible, and can be changed at any time. Even better, they won’t cost you anything during your lifetime and can earn significant tax benefits for you and your loved ones.

Best of all, planned gifts do NOT require that you be “rich” in order to have a major, lasting impact on the success of our international conservation efforts. In fact, if you have any of the following assets, you can make a planned gift!  

  • Savings/money market account or CDs
  • IRA or other retirement funds
  • Real estate
  • Life insurance policy
  • Appreciated securities
  • Tangible personal property such as art, jewelry and collectibles
  • Donor advised fund or trust fund


  • Name Earthwatch as a beneficiary of your savings/money market account, CD, retirement fund, life insurance policy, donor-advised fund, or trust
  • Add a bequest to your will to leave a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your estate to Earthwatch
  • Arrange to earn income from your contributions for the rest of your life by creating a Charitable Remainder Trust or Charitable Gift Annuity
  • Use the DAF Direct widget below to initiate grant recommendations from your donor-advised funds

A donor-advised fund allows you to recommend how much and how frequently money is granted to qualified nonprofit organizations such as Earthwatch. You can make an immediate impact by recommending a grant or recurring grants, or you can use your fund as a tool for future charitable gifts.


No matter how you choose to give, every planned gift is deeply appreciated and ensures that your life’s work and values will carry on for many generations to come.


Nymphaea heudelotii is a species of waterlily native to the region spanning from tropical West Africa to Uganda and Botswana.
Yellowstone National Park in West Yellowstone, Montana
a Green warbler-finch (Certhidea olivacea)


The Earthwatch Legacy Society

Individuals who designate a planned gift to Earthwatch are invited to join Earthwatch’s Legacy Society. Membership is voluntary, and you may do so either publicly or anonymously. You are not required to disclose the details of your gift if you do not wish to do so.

Make your core values known and defend the issues you care about most in perpetuity by joining the Legacy Society. You and your support of Earthwatch’s mission will long be cherished as you help to protect and restore the planet for generations to come. In the face of mounting environmental threats, let your legacy be that you thoughtfully gave the ultimate gift for the future of Earthwatch and the planet!




To join the Legacy Society or to request more information about making a planned gift to Earthwatch, please email Heather Wilcox, Director of Annual Giving & Planned Giving, at supportus@earthwatch.org



Earthwatch depends on donations—above and beyond what we raise from volunteers who participate on our expeditions—in order to deliver our global conservation mission. In fact, volunteer contributions provide only half of the total resources Earthwatch needs to sustain over 40 field research expeditions, a wide variety of educational programs, corporate sustainability trainings, and more each year.