Make A Planned Gift

When you make a planned gift to Seed Savers Exchange, you are planting seeds for the future. You are creating your own seed legacy, and ensuring that the seeds and the knowledge and wisdom to steward, grow, and share them will be here for generations to come.


Secure a strong, diverse seed and garden heritage today, tomorrow, and for generations to come by including Seed Savers Exchange in your will.

To make giving this powerful gift easier than ever, we’ve partnered with FreeWill, a free, online tool that allows you to write your will in 20 minutes or less, and begin your charitable legacy with Seed Savers Exchange. Visit and start writing your will with FreeWill today, courtesy of Seed Savers Exchange!

If you are not using FreeWill, but would like to include Seed Savers Exchange in your estate plans, here is suggested Bequest Language:

“I give ___________ (residue, percentage, or specific amount) to Seed Savers Exchange, Inc., having its principal offices at 3094 North Winn Road, Decorah, IA 52101, for its general tax-exempt purposes to preserve and share our seed and garden heritage.”

Seed Savers Exchange, Inc. Tax ID Number 43-1214133

What is a Planned Gift?

When most people think about charitable giving, they think about how much money they have available in their checking accounts and how much they can give without limiting their ability to pay bills and spend money on other things they need or enjoy. There are a lot of other options! (A few are listed below.)

Planned giving can expand your options and giving capacity. One option that is relatively simple is to use appreciated stock to make a gift, but a planned gift usually requires the help of someone in addition to you to complete—a financial or legal advisor. One way to think of a planned gift is as a gift that involves anything more than writing a check for cash, making a credit card donation, or transferring marketable securities. An amazing legacy can come from looking beyond those options, and you may be surprised to learn how easy it can be to make a planned gift.

There are many ways you can make a planned gift:

  • Revocable trust agreement provisions
  • Beneficiary designations of retirement accounts and life insurance policies
  • Payable on Death (POD) designations for bank accounts and Transfer on Death (TOD) designations for stock portfolios
  • Life income gifts:
    • Charitable gift annuities (CGAs)
    • Charitable remainder trusts (CRTs)
  • Charitable lead trusts
  • Retained life estates

Seed Savers Exchange cannot provide you with legal or tax advice, but we are happy to provide you with information to use in your consultations with your professional legal and tax advisors. We will also assist you to document the gift in a way that ensures your gift will be used to support the work that is most important to you.

Cindy Goodner

Learn More

Please contact Cindy Goodner, Development Officer, at or via phone at (563) 387-5670 with questions about creating your legacy with Seed Savers Exchange.

And if you have already made a planned gift to Seed Savers Exchange, please let us know! We’d be honored to include you in our Heritage Society to help inspire others to make a planned gift.

Seed Savers Exchange is a charitable nonprofit organization registered with the Attorney General in Iowa.

Tax ID 43-1214133