Planned Giving: The NCSE Legacy Society

What is the NCSE Legacy Society?

The Legacy Society is a group of people who want NCSE’s mission to go on even when they are no longer around to see it happen. When you put NCSE in your will, you provide a powerful legacy; you support our work with teachers, parents, scientists and concerned citizens to ensure that controversial topics including evolution and climate change are taught accurately, honestly and confidently.

NCSE has established the Legacy Society to honor and thank those individuals who have made a lasting commitment to help NCSE defend the integrity of science education.  

Legacy giving does not require a large income or vast estate. Legacy giving only requires a thoughtful intention to make a difference by identifying NCSE in your will or estate plan. Your planned gift to NCSE will have meaning and impact for generations to come.


When you inform us of your legacy gift, we’ll recognize your commitment and generosity by inviting you to join the NCSE Legacy Society.  As a member, you’ll be listed on our web site and publications (unless you choose to remain anonymous) and you will receive a Legacy Society lapel pin as a token of our appreciation.

Joining the Legacy Society

First, submit the Legacy Society Enrollment Form informing us of your intention to include NCSE as part of your planned giving. The agreement is non-binding and does not constitute a legal promise of any future donation to NCSE.

Please print and send the completed form to:  
The National Center for Science Education
1904 Franklin Street #600
Oakland, CA  94612                         

Or submit on-line to:

The simplest way to leave a planned gift is to make a bequest in a will or living trust naming NCSE as a recipient. Some people set aside a certain dollar amount. Others leave a percentage of the estate or assets left over after providing for their family. Others have made NCSE the beneficiary of 401K/IRA plans or insurance policies. Your estate will receive a charitable deduction for the full donation, so your heirs will not pay estate tax on these assets.

Your gift will help fulfill our mission to defend the integrity of science education against ideological interference.

Your gift will be completely confidential. We will not ask how much is being left to NCSE. You are, however, encouraged to let us know about your gift and how you prefer that it be