Sustainable Legacy Program

A Southern California that embraces the nature of California will be rich with beautiful native plants, enjoy a healthy environment, and protect us all from coming climatic shifts. Indifference to local conditions, landscaping as if we live in the Midwest, is using up our scarce water and energy without sustaining life in return. California native plants put us in touch with our climate, our place, our plants, and our animals.

Do your part to ensure that the California of the future is the one you want to see for your community. Include Theodore Payne Foundation in your planned giving.


Charitable Bequest

A bequest is one of the easiest ways to leave a gift because it costs you nothing now. The key is to use our proper name and Tax ID so your estate administrator can follow your wishes. One sentence in your will or trust is all that is needed: “I give and bequeath to Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants, Tax ID #95-6095398, the sum of $XXXX or XX% of my estate, or XX% of the rest and remainder of my estate or a specific item.”


Beneficiary Designation

A beneficiary designation is a form you complete for your checking, savings, CD, investment, or other accounts. It tells your account administrator what to do with the funds when you pass away. Updating a beneficiary designation takes moments to complete, costs nothing, and can be changed if you change your mind.\


Gifts from your IRA

One of the simplest gifts you can make using your IRA is to name our organization as a remainder beneficiary. When you do, funds transfer to our organization when you pass away. If you are age 70 ½ or older, you can also start giving through a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD). To be successful, you cannot take the QCD yourself but must instruct your provider to make the distribution directly to Theodore Payne Foundation. With this method, you avoid paying income tax you would have paid if you had taken the distribution from your IRA.



Contact us

Call us at (818) 768-1802 ext 22 or email to discuss your options.

Already included TPF in your will or estate plans? Notify us by calling (818) 768-1802 ext 22 or by emailing