Beneficiary Designations

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Are you passionate about supporting ocean conservation even after your lifetime? It's not only possible, it's easy to do with a beneficiary designation. Just name the Monterey Bay Aquarium as a beneficiary to receive assets such as retirement plans and life insurance policies after you're gone. You simply fill out a form that is entirely separate from your will—which makes this approach an easy way to give.

Not only is it an easy way to give, but it's also flexible—you aren't locked into the choices you make today. You can review and adjust beneficiary designations anytime you want.

The mission of the nonprofit the Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the oceans.

Check Out This Potential Scenario

Older couple smilingRobert and Carol treasure the financial help they've been able to give their children and the Aquarium over the years. Now that their kids are grown, Robert and Carol changed their estate plan so it could work harder for the people and causes they love. The couple updated their will to leave stocks and real estate to their children. And to the aquarium they left a $75,000 IRA to be transferred after their death. Because the Aquarium is tax-exempt, all $75,000 will help support our mission.

If Robert and Carol had left the IRA to their children, approximately $21,000* would have gone to pay federal income taxes—leaving only $54,000 for their family's use. Robert and Carol are happy knowing they are making the most of their hard-earned money thanks to their updated estate plan.

*Based on an assumption of a 28 percent marginal income tax bracket.

See How It Works

Learn How to Fund It

You can name us beneficiary of the following assets:

Next Steps

  1. Contact Mary Mullen at 831-648-4913 or lastinglegacy@mbayaq.org for additional information on beneficiary designations and how they can help support the Aquarium with our mission.
  2. Talk to your financial or legal advisor to learn which assets will or will not trigger taxable income when paid to a beneficiary.
  3. If you name the Aquarium in your plans, please use our legal name and Federal Tax ID.

Legal Name: Monterey Bay Aquarium
Address: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940
Federal Tax ID Number: 94-2487469

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