UPDATE: Act Now to Take Advantage of the Charitable IRA Rollover—until December 31, 2015!
Congress approved a tax incentive that provides an easy way to support the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, with the Charitable IRA Rollover.
The Charitable IRA Rollover allows individuals age 70½ and older to contribute all or part of the required annual distributions from their traditional IRA accounts directly to the charitable organization of their choice, tax-free. The provision, called the qualified charitable distribution (QCD) rule, is in effect for the 2015 tax year until December 31, 2015.
It is recommended that individuals who want to make an IRA charitable distribution for 2015 consult with a professional legal and or tax advisor for specific guidance on your personal situation.
For further information on this and other end of the year giving opportunities, please call (323) 644-4782.
Selig Legacy Society
Zoo enthusiasts who have included the Zoo in their estates are recognized as members of the Selig Legacy Society.
The name honors the legacy of “Colonel” William N. Selig, who opened his combination movie studio and zoo in 1915 with more than 700 animals – the largest animal collection in the United States at that time.
Inspired by Colonel Selig’s passion for animals, our Selig Legacy Society partners leave a legacy that will enable future generations to experience wildlife at our Zoo and promote the health and safety of animals in the wild.
While benefitting the Zoo in a lasting way, a planned gift may have great personal benefit by reducing estate taxes for heirs, avoiding capital gains, and increasing cash flow.
Selig Legacy Society partners receive special recognition in the annual report and on the Donor Wall in the entry plaza.
Legacy partners also enjoy an annual behind-the-scenes and luncheon with the GLAZA President and the Zoo Director.
How to Get Involved
Click here for additional descriptions of various charitable gift planning vehicles, and for further information on how you can become a Selig Legacy Society member, please call (323) 644-4782.
Forty members of the Selig Legacy Society gathered at the Zoo for their annual behind-the-scenes tour and luncheon. The 2012 event included a talk by an orangutan keeper where Selig members got a glimpse of the baby orangutan tightly clinging to mom, Kalim, on only her second day of being on view to the public. Members also watched as elephant keepers put Tina and Jewel through their daily training.