You can make a difference for the long-term protection of the Tualatin River Basin. After taking care of your family through your will or living trust, consider leaving a lasting gift to the Tualatin River and its community of flora, fauna and future generations.

A gift made by will or living trust can be simple to arrange. A provision or amendment prepared by your attorney at the time you make or update your will or trust is all that is necessary. Gifts via wills and living trusts are popular because they are easy to arrange and may be changed at any time you choose. Consider these possible ways to give through your will or living trust:

Give only the remainder, or residue, of your estate – that is, what remains after all other bequests to friends and loved ones are satisfied.

Designate that a percentage of your estate be given through your will or living trust.

Leave a specific dollar amount. A gift of a particular amount may be designated for general use or for a special purpose.

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If you have non-cash property, such as stocks and mutual funds, that has appreciated in value and has been held more than one year, you may realize greater tax savings from giving such property than from giving an equivalent amount of cash. A gift of appreciated property bypasses capital gains tax that could be due if you sold the asset. You are also entitled to a charitable deduction based on the property’s current value, including the “paper profits” you have earned since you have owned it.

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Tualatin Riverkeepers is in partnership with Volunteer of America’s (VOA) Vehicle Donation Program. Save yourself the hassle and expense of selling your vehicle while supporting a cause that you believe in.

Donated vehicles can include cars, trucks, motorcycles, RV’s and boats with trailers. Vehicles must be complete (tires, motor, drive line and transmission), but don’t have to be running.  Your vehicle will be towed for free.

If you are interested in the TRK/VOA vehicle donation program, please visit Or, simply fill out this online form and select Tualatin Riverkeepers from the dropdown of beneficiaries to get the process started.