Planned Giving

Bill’s Legacy League

Bill left his mark on our community – What will your legacy be?

The Bill’s Legacy League at the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation recognizes donors who have chosen to support the future of the zoo through their estate plan. The Sequoia Park Zoo has been an integral part of the community for over 100 years and is the oldest zoo in California. With a planned gift to the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation, you can experience the deep personal satisfaction of knowing you are helping to ensure Sequoia Park Zoo’s future.

For information about bequests, please email .

An Invitation to Join Bill’s Legacy League

Members of Bill’s Legacy League have expressed their commitment to the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation through a very special and important form of financial support. These donors have named the zoo as the beneficiary of a planned gift. We would like to invite you to consider joining the Bill’s Legacy League. The most important benefit you will receive is the satisfaction of making a long-term contribution to ensure that the zoo will continue to prosper for future generations to enjoy. Additional benefits of membership include:

  • Invitation to an annual brunch
  • Behind-the-scenes zoo tour featuring an exclusive report from the zoo manager and up-close animal encounters
  • Sneak peek previews to new exhibits, special events, and more.

Who is Bill? Learn more about Bill, the chimpanzee our society is named after.

Meet the League’s Founding Member and learn why he decided to make a planned gift.

Please let us know if you plan to or have already included the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation in your will or estate. We would like to thank you for your generosity by including you in the Bill’s Legacy League. Your gift may also inspire the generosity in others.

Benefits of Planned Giving

Through planned giving you may be able to increase your current income or provide additional retirement income, while reducing income tax and estate taxes. Some gifts virtually eliminate estate taxes while others greatly reduce the amount of tax you are responsible for during your lifetime.  There are no ongoing dues or fees to maintain membership in Bill’s Legacy League. It is important to explore your options with an estate planning attorney to maximize your tax benefits. Learn more about the benefits of planned giving.

Review sample language for your will

Here are some examples of bequest language that will direct your gift to the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation:

“ I, _______________ give, devise and bequeath to the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation, 3414 W Street in Eureka, California, Tax ID #56-2410108:

  • the sum of $______________.”
  • __% of my estate.”
  • ____ shares of stock in ______Company.”
  • my real property, parcel # ___, located at___.”
  • [all or a percentage] of the residue of my estate.” (Residue is defined as that which remains after debts and expenses of administration, legacies, and all other devices have been satisfied)
  • should my designated beneficiary not survive.”

If you would like to make a gift to the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation, we recommend you contact your attorney or estate planner.