Leave a Legacy

There are many ways in which you can help protect the farms that feed your family.  Make a donation today, or read on for information on alternative ways to support the California Farmland Trust.

The California Farmland Trust welcomes legacy gifts of any size.  We recommend consulting with an attorney and estate tax specialist when preparing documents.  There are many ways in which you can leave a legacy gift to protect the farms that will feed your family, forever.


Making a bequest is easy to arrange and ensures your gift remains in your control.  You can structure the bequest to gift a specific item or amount, or gift a percentage of your estate.  Your gift can be contingent upon certain events, and your bequest can also be entitled to an estate tax charitable deduction for the full value.

IRA Designation

Designating the California Farmland Trust as a beneficiary of your IRA allows you to direct assets tax-free to CVFT.  Most IRAs are income tax–deferred, meaning that income tax is not paid until the funds are distributed to you in life, or upon your death. This taxation makes retirement assets among the most costly assets to distribute to your loved ones; making a gift instead can help reduce estate taxes.


CFT accepts properties intended for sale and agricultural land intended for conservation. You may make an outright gift of the property, give CFT a remainder interest (which allows you or your family to occupy the property during your lifetime) or establish a charitable remainder trust with the real estate.

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