Make a Planned Gift

Rose Gaffney Elementary School students help stock East Machias River with juvenile Atlantic salmon.A planned gift to Downeast Salmon Federation is a wonderful way to contribute to the health of our rivers and fisheries for future generations while also meeting your financial goals. You can create a legacy gift that will help DSF continue to improve river ecology, restore Atlantic salmon populations, increase fish passage, run educational programs, and much more. Please consider making a planned gift to DSF through one of these methods.


One popular and easy way to leave a legacy gift is to include the Downeast Salmon Federation in your will or living trust. You will maintain complete control over your assets throughout your lifetime and can change your gift at any time.

Sample bequest language: “I give Downeast Salmon Federation, a 501(c)(3), incorporated in Maine, and having its principal office at 187 Main Street, Columbia Falls, Maine 02623, the sum of $ __________ (or alternately, _____ percent of the residuary of my estate), for its general purposes to protect rivers and Atlantic salmon.”

We recommend that you have appropriate language drafted by a financial or legal advisor to make sure your intentions will take effect as you wish.

Retirement Plan Gifts

You can name the Downeast Salmon Federation as a beneficiary of your IRA, 401k, or other retirement plan as an easy way to improve the environment and ensure the financial stability of DSF into the future. When retirement plan gifts are left to Downeast Salmon Federation, the remainder of your plan goes to DSF tax-free.

Life Insurance Beneficiary Designations

Another simple way to support our work is to designate DSF as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy. By naming Downeast Salmon Federation as the beneficiary of an individual or group term life insurance policy, the benefits from your policy are passed on free of federal estate tax after your lifetime.

Thank you for your generosity.