Please consider including the Seymour Marine Discovery Center in your estate plans. Your gift can provide for the future of our oceans through our education, and conservation work, as well as ensuring your own lasting legacy.
There are many options open to you. As the Seymour Center is a self-supporting part of UC Santa Cruz, the university can offer you free, confidential information and planning guides for many types of planned gifts:
- Bequests: The simplest way to show your commitment to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. These may qualify your estate for a charitable deduction. Bequests include property, cash, securities, or other tangible assets.
- Life income gifts: Provide donors with an immediate tax deduction and lifetime income—all while benefiting the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. These gifts include charitable remainder trusts, charitable gift annuities, and pooled income funds.
- Retirement assets: Name the Seymour Marine Discovery Center as a beneficiary on any portion of your retirement assets and you avoid paying deferred income tax. When passed down through an estate, retirement assets may be taxed as much as 70 percent.
- Life insurance: These donations may provide you with a current-year tax deduction, and future premium payments on a partially paid policy may also be tax deductible.
You may choose to be anonymous or you can become a member of the UCSC 21st Century Club, a group of supporters who gather for events with the Chancellor and other special guests and speakers.
Planned gifts made to the endowment before September 30, 2014 may help the Seymour Center qualify for additional support from the university. To qualify, gift intentions must be documented with UC Santa Cruz.