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A first step in sustaining the Thoreau Society long-term is to become a Life Member.

Leaving a bequest is another way.

If the Thoreau Society has helped keep the words and thoughts of Thoreau alive in you, will you provide a legacy gift to help us do the same for others yet to come?

A bequest is a tribute to Henry Thoreau, “paid forward” to future Thoreauvians. Think of it as seed money that provides planning advantages to you and wonderful benefits to the Society’s mission — starting now.

Bequest designations demonstrate to foundations and other funders that the Thoreau Society has the organizational health and member involvement required to succeed. “I have great faith in a seed,” said Thoreau. “Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.”

There are several ways you can make a bequest to the Thoreau Society:

  1. Designate the Thoreau Society as a beneficiary in your IRA or 401(k) plan. You can allocate a percentage, a dollar amount, or specific assets to the Society.
  2. Designate the Thoreau Society as a beneficiary in your will or trust.
  3. Establish a gift annuity or charitable remainder trust with the Society.
  4. Make a gift of your new or existing life insurance policy to the Society.

Your estate attorney and tax advisor can help arrange a bequest that best meets your needs. If you would like more information or preliminary guidance, please contact Mike Frederick, Executive Director, at

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