Create Your Legacy

A gift for Peninsula Open Space Trust in your will, trust or other plans will ensure our local open spaces, farms and parkland are protected for years to come. POST is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and our taxpayer identification number is 94-2392007. There are many different ways you can arrange a meaningful gift to POST, and we have described the most common gifts below.

If you are considering a legacy gift, we would be delighted to confidentially discuss your questions. If you have already included POST in your plan, please let us know so that we can thank you and invite you to join our Open Space Legacy Society. Please contact Jeanine Crider, Director of Planned Giving, at jcrider [at] or (650) 854-7696 x312. Of course, we always recommend you work with your advisors to determine which gift(s) is most appropriate for you.

Gifts Through A Will or Trust

This is one of the most common types of planned gifts. You can arrange to leave POST a specific dollar amount or asset, a percentage of your estate, or the remainder after specific gifts to loved ones have been made.

“We concentrated on doing something meaningful and lasting, and ultimately we felt good knowing our values were reflected in our estate plan.” – Claudia

Gifts Through A Retirement Plan or Life Insurance

You can name POST as the beneficiary of your individual retirement account (IRA), 401(k), 403(b), donor advised fund (DAF), life insurance policy or other account. These gifts are easy to arrange or modify. Simply complete a beneficiary designation form from your plan administrator to name POST a beneficiary of all or part of your retirement account or life insurance policy. If the retirement assets are tax-deferred, the portion left to POST will not be subject to tax.

Gifts of Real Estate

There are several options for donating real property that POST will sell to fund our work. Donate your land now, or leave it to POST after your lifetime through your will or trust. You may also be able to donate a remainder interest that allows you to continue using your property for the rest of your life or transfer your property into a charitable remainder trust that provides you with income for the rest of your life.

If you own real property in POST’s working area and are interested in protecting it in perpetuity, please contact Noelle Thurlow, Director of Land Transactions at nthurlow [at] or (650) 854-7696 x309.

Gifts That Provide Income

It is possible to establish a gift with cash, appreciated securities or real estate that will support POST in the future. These options can provide you or a loved one with regular payments, a significant charitable income tax deduction and avoidance of all or part of capital gain taxes.

We Want to Thank You

If you have included a gift for POST in your estate plan, please let us know so that we can thank you for your special commitment. We will be honored to include you as a member of our Open Space Legacy Society, anonymously if you prefer, and invite you to exclusive events and outings.

Useful Information for Advisors

Our official name is: Peninsula Open Space Trust
Address: 222 High Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: (650) 854-7696
Taxpayer identification number: 94-2392007

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