Planned Giving

The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is a global leader in ecology and ecosystem science. Since 1983 our team of the nation’s finest environmental scientists have built national and global networks to investigate the complex interactions that underpin many of today’s environmental challenges. 

Persistence and creativity are critical to finding environmental solutions in an era of rapid, and often unpredictable, global ecological change. As an independent research institute, we are more nimble than many larger institutions, but can also take a long-term perspective looking for durable solutions to some of the world’s greatest environmental issues:

Disease Ecology and Public Health . Experts in the ecology of infectious diseases, we are on the frontlines of efforts to understand, predict and prevent outbreaks of diseases such as Ebola, Lyme disease, and West Nile virus.

Cities. We direct one of the nation’s leading urban ecology research programs to better understand what makes cities livable and sustainable. Our interdisciplinary network of researchers work at scales from local to global to amplify our ground-breaking research.

Forests. Temperate forests support wildlife, provide products such as paper and timber, and play a critical role in provisioning fresh water supplies. We direct the long-term studies needed to ensure forest persistence in the face of forest pests, changing patterns of land use, and the broader impacts of climate change.

Freshwater. We study pharmaceutical pollution, invasive species, wetlands, and the connection between watersheds and water quality, providing critical insight into managing rivers and lakes and ensuring access to clean water and functioning fresh water ecosystems. 

Please consider leaving a legacy gift to the Cary Institute. You know there are no easy fixes: the work of finding environmental solutions grounded in cutting-edge, unbiased science is imperative to our future.  To sustain our work, and shape the world we leave to the next generation, we need the financial support of our loyal supporters like you. 

The Benefits of Your Planned Gift

Making a planned gift establishes your legacy while sustaining ours.  As a donor who cares about the environment, your gift will leave a lasting impact: it will enable the Cary Institute to advance the science supporting environmental solutions for decades to come.  

A planned gift is powerful and inspiring—future generations will look back at your legacy in gratitude.  At the Cary Institute, the process has many other benefits:

It’s easy – all you have to do is call your attorney and add a few sentences to your will. We can provide you with that sample language.

It’s affordable – your gift of any size will help and all contributions are meaningful.

It’s powerful and inspiring – future generations will look back at your legacy in gratitude. 

It has tax advantages  – if your estate is subject to estate tax, your gift is entitled to an estate tax charitable deduction. Furthermore, if you include an IRA or 401(K) in your bequest, those funds come to the Cary Institute in their entirety without a levy of income tax on withdrawal.

It’s revocable – if your priorities change, you can change your bequest. 

Most importantly, it’s a statement that says who you are and what you care about. 

Please consider making a bequest to the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. For further information, please contact:

Olivia van Melle Kamp
845.677.7600 x120

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies | Millbrook, New York 12545 | Tel (845) 677-5343

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