P.O. Box 2743, Portland
OR 97208

Dorothy’s Circle Ways To Give

Our beloved Dorothy was a kind and gentle soul, who was adored by her fellow chimpanzees and dedicated caregivers. She was one of the first orphans to be saved by Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue and although she passed away in 2008, Dorothy’s story will always be an inspiration and she will forever remain in our hearts.

There are a variety of ways to donate through Dorothy’s Circle and receive substantial tax benefits for you and your family. Non-cash options provide you the opportunity to make a difference today, to leave a legacy or both. All of our planned giving options help ensure a lifetime of care for our rescued chimpanzees and secure the future for free living great apes living who we are fighting to protect.


Your gift will be used to support the mission of Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue (SYCR) to provide sanctuary for chimpanzee orphans in Cameroon while spearheading and supporting habitat protection, law enforcement and conservation education programs.


Gifts of Stock or IRA Distributions
A gift of appreciated securities – including stock, bonds and mutual funds – directly to SYCR provides significant benefits, including an immediate charitable deduction for the full market value of the stock and avoidance of capital gains taxes that would normally be due upon sale.

Gifting funds directly from your IRA is one of the most tax beneficial means of charitable giving. If you are 70½ or older, you can make a tax-free distribution from your traditional or Roth IRA to SYCR and donate up to $100,000 each year without incurring income tax on your withdrawal.

Gifts of Real Estate
Depending on your financial and charitable goals, donating real estate to SYCR could allow you to leverage one of your most valuable investments to achieve maximum impact with your charitable giving. By donating real estate – urban, rural, developed, undeveloped, residential, or commercial – you can reduce or potentially eliminate capital gains tax and receive a fair market value tax deduction.


A life income gift is an arrangement that provides funds for you and your loved ones now and benefits SYCR in the future. You may also be able to claim an income tax deduction for your gift.

Charitable Gift Annuity
With a charitable gift annuity, you and/or your beneficiary enter into a contract with SYCR which guarantees income for life and may qualify you for an immediate income tax deduction. Your initial donation to SYCR – typically cash, marketable securities and/or real estate – is invested. You and/or your beneficiary then regularly receive a fixed amount of monthly income. The principal passes to SYCR after the lifetime of the income beneficiaries

Deferred Gift Annuity
A variation of the charitable fit annuity, a deferred gift annuity provides you with an income tax deduction at the time of your gift, but the income payments are deferred for at least one year.

Charitable Remainder UniTrust
You create a trust from which you and/or another beneficiary receive an annual amount for life, or a fixed term of up to 20 years. At the end of the trust term, the balance of the remaining gift is then received by SYCR.


Retirement Plans
You can name SYCR as a beneficiary of part of or the entirety of your individual retirement account, Keogh plan, 401(k), 403(b), or another qualified pension plan. The funds received are exempt from probate and are not subject to federal estate tax.

Estate Gifts
One of the easiest ways to support SYCR is through your will or revocable living trust. You can name SYCR as the beneficiary of specific assets, a portion of your real estate or your residual estate after payment of other bequests. Bequests to SYCR are exempt from federal estate tax and can provide substantial tax savings.

Dedicated to the beauty and hope Dorothy embodied, including Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue in your estate planning will ensure our critical chimpanzee care and conservation work continues. Together we can secure a compassionate future in her honor.

Volunteer Monica Szczupider captured the tender moments at Dorothy’s funeral. One such heartfelt image was published in National Geographic.

For questions concerning Dorothy’s Circle Ways to Give or to let us know of a gift you have planned, please contact karin@sanaga-yong.org.

Please click here to download our Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Bequest Pledge Form.

The above information is intended to provide a general overview of gift options and not to render tax or legal advice. Your attorney, financial advisor or tax professional can advise you on how best to accomplish your financial and charitable goals.

Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported solely through donations and grant funding. Contributions are tax-deductible as permitted by law. Tax ID: 47-3955487.


Email: info@sanaga-yong.org
Phone: 971-544-7772
Address: P.O. Box 2743, Portland OR 97208

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