One of the simplest ways to contribute from a retirement account is to name the Center for Biological Diversity as a beneficiary for part or all of what remains in your retirement account when you no longer need it. This includes your individual retirement accounts (IRAs), Keogh plans, 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans and other qualified pension plans. The proceeds of these plans will be distributed outside probate and are thus entirely free from federal estate tax.

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, passed in December, 2012, reinstated the IRA charitable rollover for 2013. Donors age 70 1/2 were once again eligible to distribute up to $100,000 from their IRAs directly to qualified charities without having to pay income taxes on the money distributed. As of this time, although there are bills pending, Congress has not yet elected to reinstate the law for 2014. We will keep you apprised of ongoing congressional developments.

Please check with your professional advisors on the best way to make a contribution from your retirement account.

We appreciate your notification if you direct an IRA distribution gift to the Center so we can look for the check from your plan provider.


You should always consult with your legal and financial advisors when making a planned gift. The Center cannot and will not provide legal advice.

If you make the choice to leave a legacy to the Center, thank you. Here's the key information you'll need.

Legal description of the Center for Biological Diversity:
The Center for Biological Diversity, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
Federal tax ID number: 27-3943866.
Address: P.O. Box 710, Tucson, AZ, 85702-0710

For more details on leaving a legacy to the Center, please contact:,
(866) 357-3349 x318 toll-free
Center for Biological Diversity
Attn: Legacy Society
P.O. Box 710
Tucson, AZ 85702

Photo by Bryant Austin, California Fish and Game