Planned Giving

For almost four decades the Southern Environmental Law Center has successfully championed the South’s air, water, and natural treasures. Thanks to generous annual support from individuals and families who care about this special region, we have built the largest, most powerful advocacy organization in the South – a top-notch law and policy team that works effectively at the national, regional, state, and local levels and in all three branches of government to get the job done.

Our kind of advocacy often requires determination, flexibility, and good old-fashioned staying power. In any particular case or project, it is not uncommon for us to win in one arena – say, in the courts – only to have our opponents switch to the legislature to try to pass a law that would undo our progress. SELC’s team must be nimble over time to move the ball forward. Many of our projects play out over decades. We are seeking legacy funds to ensure that SELC will be here for the long-term, capable and vigilant, serving as environmental defender for future generations. Above all, we hope you are inspired to leave a lasting legacy that will continue this important work long after your lifetime.

Important donation information:

  • Legal name: Southern Environmental Law Center
  • Address: 120 Garrett Street, Suite 400, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Tax ID #: 52-1436778

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Giving a bequest to SELC is an easy and powerful way to ensure that SELC will be here for the long-term, serving as environmental defender for many future generations. Take care of your loved ones first, then leave the rest – or a percentage or specific amount – to SELC.

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Retirement account

Did you know that if loved ones inherit retirement funds like your IRA, the value of their inheritance will likely be reduced due to income tax and possible estate tax? Naming SELC as a beneficiary of your retirement account is a smart and easy way to make a legacy gift. Protect the environment with your IRA, pension plan or 401(k) by naming the Southern Environmental Law Center as a beneficiary on your designation form.

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Charitable remainder trust

Do you have valuable assets such as appreciated stocks, real estate or art work that you would like to put to work? Concerned about a future income stream for yourself, your spouse, a parent, or a loved one? Then a charitable remainder trust may be the perfect choice for you.

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Charitable lead trust

Through a charitable lead trust, you can support SELC generously for a set number of years AND provide for yourself or your heirs after the term is over. This type of trust can have significant estate tax benefits.

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A gift for you and your future. Put SELC in your will.

Valuable property

Art, real estate and other treasures can make great gifts!

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Recently I cut through the clutter of my will to place two bequests into the opening paragraph; the first is to the Southern Environmental Law Center. This is because I know SELC’s people and their commitment, their hearts and their passion for excellence. I know that some battles last a decade or more against opponents with unlimited resources.

Rick Montague, SELC board member, Chattanooga TN

Your support makes our wins possible

Victory for Southwest Memphis: Byhalia Pipeline is done

In a tremendous victory for Memphis, Plains All American Pipeline announced that the company was pulling the plug on the controversial Byhalia Pipeline, a proposed 49-mile pipeline that would have gone through several southwest Memphis neighborhoods to transport crude oil for export.

SELC court case secures red wolf releases into the wild

As a direct result of our legal work challenging U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, red-wolf breeding facilities just announced the release of four extremely rare red wolves into the wild in eastern North Carolina. They also reported the fostering of four red wolf pups with a female wild red wolf in the state.

Questions about our financial statements?

See SELC’s 990, audited financial statement and third party charity ratings.

General questions or comments?

Have a question or comment? Please email us below or reach out by mail at 120 Garrett Street, Suite 400, Charlottesville, VA 22902.