Be Part of the Linda Vaughan Society

Don’t keep your love of the Adirondacks to yourself. Help us inspire future generations with a legacy gift to The Wild Center.

All donors who support us in their will or estate plan become members of the Linda Vaughan Society, named for a longtime member who left us a significant gift upon her passing. Her gift is an example of how estate planning can lead to a contribution that is often larger than what is possible during your lifetime.

Your LVS membership involves no dues or other obligations, and you may join the Society anonymously. All information is confidential and it requires no obligation on your part.

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For More Information, please contact us directly: 

Hillarie Logan-Dechene, hlogan-dechene@wildcenter.org, 518.359.7800 x 103

Robin Ellis, rellis@wildcenter.org, 518.359.7800 x 129

Or by mail to:
Hillarie Logan-Dechene
Development Office
The Wild Center
45 Museum Drive
Tupper Lake, NY, 12986

A Magnificent Gesture

Linda Vaughan, shown above, was a Wild Center member for 10 years. Linda’s love of the Adirondacks and its wilderness developed at a young age when she was a canoeing counselor at Silver Lake Camp in the 1950s. She particularly enjoyed photographing the region’s nature. Born in Ohio, Linda made her home in Massachusetts and had a seasonal home in Long Lake. Following her death in 2009, The Wild Center received a significant bequest from Linda’s estate. The gift was not expected and is an extraordinary affirmation that Linda believed in the Center’s mission and that she wanted the Center to thrive in the future. Her gift is an example of how estate planning can lead to a contribution that is often larger than what is possible during your lifetime. To honor Linda’s pioneering generosity we have established our legacy society in her name.

Making a Bequest

Incorporating a gift to The Wild Center in your will is easily arranged as either a provision in a newly executed will or trust, or as a separate codicil to an existing will or trust. Your bequest can be anything you wish. We respectfully suggest that you consult with your tax or legal advisor who will ensure that your intentions are legally stated. Below is sample language for the two most common types of bequests:

Specific Bequest (a gift of a specific sum):

“I give to The Wild Center (Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks – Tax ID# 14-1811534) of Tupper Lake, New York $_____ for its general support.”

Residuary Bequest (all or a percent of the residue of one’s estate after all specific bequests are fulfilled):

“I give to The Wild Center (Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks – Tax ID# 14-1811534) of Tupper Lake, New York the rest, residue and remainder of my estate for its general support.”

How to Join

Linda Vaughan Society membership simply requires that you inform us that you are planning a gift in your estate to The Wild Center. There is no minimum gift to belong. You may join by name, or be an anonymous member. By joining, you help to encourage others to follow your example and leadership by providing for The Wild Center’s future.

To qualify for membership you can:

  • Make a bequest to the Center through your will
  • Name the Center as beneficiary of a retirement account, a donor advised fund or a life insurance policy 
  • Provide any of the following documentation to the Development Office:
  1. A signed letter stating specific intention
  2. A completed Linda Vaughan Society Enrollment Form (available from the Development Office)
  3. A copy of your will or trust (only the stipulation providing for The Wild Center)
  4. Retirement fund documentation citing The Wild Center as beneficiary
  5. A life insurance policy indicating The Wild Center as beneficiary

Benefits of Membership

  • The satisfaction of ensuring The Wild Center’s future
  • Opportunities to meet, and be recognized with, other benefactors at Society events
  • An exclusive membership pin
  • Potential income, estate and gift tax savings