These lands are our legacy. Let’s pass it on.

Learn how you can plan for your future and the future of our region.

At Forterra, we acknowledge the gifts left to us by those that came before and we look to the future. What needs to happen today so that we leave our lands and communities in good health for generations to come? We take the long view. There’s no other way to do this work. And we count on our supporters, who like us are both grateful and hopeful, to contribute to a sustainable future for all.

Legacy giving allows you to enjoy your financial wellbeing today and help Forterra plan for tomorrow.

We are so grateful.

Naming Forterra in your will

You can designate Forterra as a beneficiary of your estate by:

  • specifying a percentage of your estate for Forterra
  • naming a specific dollar amount to Forterra
  • giving the remainder of your estate after closing costs and final distributions to family to Forterra.

Gifts of property

Consider gifting vacation homes, commercial property, or raw land directly to Forterra.  Forterra’s expert real estate team can often secure maximum value for your property and provide you with a significant tax deduction, in addition to freeing you of the burden of selling the property on your own.

Another option is providing what’s called a life estate to Forterra, in which you live in your home during your lifetime. After your death, the house and property are gifted to Forterra.

Retirement plans

One easy way to support Forterra’s mission is to directly assign your annual IRA distribution to Forterra. If you will be over age 70½ in 2018 and would like to designate your 2018 IRA distribution to Forterra, you can contact your financial institution and ask to have your required annual distribution, or RMD,  made payable to Forterra. Then, when filing your tax return, designate it as a qualified charitable distribution. You’ll have satisfied your distribution requirement, and you won’t have to pay income taxes on that money.

Another option is listing Forterra as the beneficiary of all or part of the balance of your retirement plan, IRA, or life insurance policy. This action may dramatically reduce the amount of estate and income taxes to be paid by your estate.

For your legal documents, Forterra’s full legal name is “Forterra NW” and our IRS Tax ID number is 94-3112461.  Forterra has also been known in the past as the King County Land Conservancy and the Cascade Land Conservancy.

The information provided here is intended to be general and educational in nature and shouldn’t be construed as a substitute for legal or tax advice. In addition to talking with Forterra, please consult an independent legal and/or tax adviser for specific advice about your individual situation.


Kim Cuevas
Director of Philanthropy, Individual Giving