Planned Giving

Planned Gifts Take Many Forms

Perhaps you choose to live in eastern Idaho or spend time here because the land inspires you. Maybe you feel connected to the land through fond memories of the family farm, a hiking trail, a fishing stream or the scenic views of the mountains.

As you think about the past and ponder your vision for the future, you may be considering how you can make a significant difference in conserving what makes the region so special—its land and rural heritage.
While planned gifts take many forms, they are the result of careful execution and an intention to make a lasting gift. These could include bequests made in a will, naming the Teton Regional Land Trust as a life insurance beneficiary, or using tax-wise giving options such as charitable remainder trusts and Donor Advised Funds.

Conservation supporters who have made planned gifts have had an extraordinary impact on our work. Thanks to early planned gifts, the Teton Regional Land Trust has been able to become a secure, established land trust, better equipped to monitor perpetual easements. Planned gifts have also helped us protect thousands of acres and leverage millions of dollars in federal funding and foundation grants.

An Inspiring Example

Fred-MuglerLocal icon and long-time proprietor of Mountaineering Outfitters in Driggs, Idaho, Fred Mugler was generous to many local causes, including Teton Regional Land Trust. When he died in 2003, he extended his generosity into perpetuity by leaving a large portion of his estate to the Land Trust for the “protection, restoration, and stewardship of land in Teton Valley”. Because of the permanent nature of our work, Fred chose the Land Trust for his gift that he wanted to last forever.

His bequest helped protect in perpetuity over 1400 acres of land in Teton Valley, including working farms and ranch land, winter range for elk and mule deer, scenic views along the Teton River and wetlands critical to wildlife. His legacy also expanded our wetlands outdoor classroom in Woods Creek Fen, creating a 60-acre property dedicated to helping students of all ages better understand and appreciate the wonderful place where we live.

Because so many federal grants require matching private dollars, the impact of Fred’s legacy grew and grew as our capable staff used his gift to leverage funding from other sources. Every dollar of Fred’s legacy brought over nine dollars in conservation funding to Teton Valley.

Every year, we remember Fred and his generosity with the Fred Mugler Volunteer Appreciation Award, given to volunteers who best exemplify Fred’s spirit of giving.