Lend A Hand. Create A Legacy

A legacy gift through your estate planning makes a powerful statement of your commitment to the future of geosciences. Select a giving option below and place your name among the honored members of the AAPG Foundation Legacy Society.

Legacy Gift Options

Any of the following options are a valued and appreciated gift to the AAPG Foundation.

A bequest is a gift created through your will expressing your wishes for family, friends and the charities you support. Your gift may be a fixed amount, a percentage of the estate, or all or part of the estate residue. After providing for your loved ones, you may desire to support your choice of AAPG Foundation programs by designating a gift bequeathed through your will. A bequest can often be arranged with the simple addition of an amendment to your existing will. Bequests to the AAPG Foundation may qualify for an estate tax charitable deduction. Bequests currently represent a major source of support for graduate students through the AAPG Foundation Grants-in-Aid Program as well as other AAPG Foundation Programs.

Trusts are legal mechanisms that let you put conditions on how and when your assets will be distributed upon your death. A unitrust is a trust from which the beneficiary receives annually a fixed percentage of the fair market value of its assets. Trusts also allow you to reduce your estate and gift taxes. A simple amendment to a living trust can be all that is required to arrange a gift to the AAPG Foundation. Estates valued at $5 million or less are exempt from estate tax. Estates worth more than $5 million are taxed at a 35 percent rate. You may leave an unlimited amount of money to your spouse tax-free, but this isn’t always the best tactic. By leaving all your assets to your spouse, you don’t use your estate tax exemption and instead increase your surviving spouse’s taxable estate. That means your children are likely to pay more in estate taxes if your spouse leaves them the money when he or she dies. Plus, it defers the tough decisions about the distribution of your assets until your spouse’s death.

Charitable gift funds (offered by Fidelity, Vanguard and others) permit you to make a tax-deductible donation, grow your investment tax-free, and then direct a contribution—in your name—to the AAPG Foundation, whenever you like. You can set up what’s known as a charitable lead trust, from which the AAPG Foundation receives the income and your heirs receive the principal; or a charitable remainder trust, in which your heirs get the income and the AAPG Foundation receives the principal.

Your stock gift of appreciated securities which have long-term capital gains and have been held for more than one year offers tax advantages, allows you to claim a charitable contribution, avoid capital gains taxes and reduce your estate. You pay no capital gains when the securities are sold, therefore, the actual cost of the gift to you may be considerably less than the value of the contribution to the AAPG Foundation, and the amount of your tax deduction. To make a contribution in the form of a security, please advise your broker of intent, and instruct him/her to contact the AAPG Foundation office at (918) 560-2644. When the transaction is complete, you will receive a gift receipt indicating the date of the transaction and value of shares received. Stock Gift Procedures

If you own property including personal residences, mountain lodges, condominiums, cottages, farms, ranches, commercial buildings, land and real estate that is not subject to a mortgage and has appreciated in value, a charitable gift may be an option. Real Estate property can be transferred by deeding the property to the AAPG Foundation or a gift of a personal residence or farm with retained life tenancy. Real estate that has appreciated in value which would be subject to long-term, capital gains taxes earns a charitable income tax deduction for the fair market value of the real estate on the date the gift is made. The actual cost of the gift to you may be less than the value of the contribution to the AAPG Foundation therefore your tax deduction is more than you paid. If the value of property you own is valued at less than the original cost, it can be beneficial to sell the property and donate the cash proceeds to the AAPG Foundation. Then you may be able to claim tax benefits for both the capital loss and the charitable gift, effectively deducting more than the current value of the asset.

A donation of an ongoing production royalty is another means to help us sustain our many programs. Please contact your attorney concerning making an assignment of interest for any mineral interest or royalty interest that you may wish to give.

By naming the AAPG Foundation as beneficiary to your retirement plan, it can be a convenient way to make a charitable gift while reducing both estate and income taxes for your heirs. If your age is over 59-1/2 and you have more than adequate resources set aside for retirement, it may be wise to use a portion of those funds to make charitable gifts. If you wish to provide a loved one with income while also providing for your charitable interests, retirement plans can be designated to fund one of a number of special types of gifts that meet both objectives.

When the added protection of your insurance policy is no longer needed, transferring your policy’s ownership to the AAPG Foundation can result in tax benefits for you and a generous gift to the AAPG Foundation. As an alternative, you may name the AAPG Foundation to receive all or a portion of policy proceeds at death. Income and estate tax benefits can result from such charitable gifts.

Join The Club

We owe a great debt of appreciation to members of the Legacy Society. Their generous support is vital to our mission. Why not add your name to the list of generous supporters?

  • Frant Adler*
  • Gordon Atwater*
  • George Anderman*
  • Karl H. Arleth*
  • Richard A. and Frances M. Baile
  • Jessie Von Bandat*
  • William J. Barrett
  • Alan Bennison*
  • Olga Braunstein*
  • Coleen Elmore Brennan*
  • Norma P. Carlton*
  • J. Ben, Jr. Carsey*
  • Gloria June Chronos*
  • Denise Cox
  • George C. Crow*
  • Russell Alfred, Jr. & Mary C. Dorsey*
  • Jeanne Fowler*
  • Dr. and Mrs. Gerald M. Friedman*
  • John L. Garlough*
  • David Egleston
  • James A. Gibbs
  • William E. Gipson
  • Dorothy Jean Gore*
  • Peter G. and Julaine R. Gray
  • Horace L. Griley*
  • Bob Gunn
  • Dollie Radler Hall*
  • Raymond Paul Henkel
  • William B. Heroy*
  • Charles J. Hoke
  • Robert R. Jordan
  • John R. and Patricia J. Kerns
  • John and Dorothy Kilkenny*
  • Quinn Laukel
  • Suzanne Lauth*
  • John Lockridge
  • Mr. & Mrs. Hugh M. Looney*
  • Robert Lincoln Maby*
  • Duncan A. and Eileen McNaughton*
  • Ruth L.  Moore*
  • Harry K. Moore*
  • Sidney A. Parkans*
  • T. Boone Pickens
  • Wayne A. Pryor*
  • Tony Reso
  • Aura Sawyer*
  • Suzanne Taaken*
  • Elizabeth Teagle*
  • Ray Thomasson
  • Cullen Thompson*
  • L.P. Teas*
  • Jack C. and Catherine I. Threet
  • Pete Underwood
  • Vic and Dorthy Veroda
  • Alexander Wanek*
  • Lewis G. Weeks*
  • L. Austin Weeks*
  • Marta S. Weeks-Wulf
  • Frank G. Weimer*
  • James E. Wilson*
  • Raymond D. Woods*



If you have a question about how you can help, call us at +1-918-560-2644 or email us below.