Legacy Giving: Live Oaks Society

Branch out! Leave something to grow in your legacy.

Legacy giving, or gifts made from your estate, make a lasting impact on an organization. These gifts carry on a person's values after they have passed on and help ensure that the things they were passionate about in life continue long after they are gone. For most people, a legacy gift will be the largest donation they ever make.

Over the past decade, legacy gifts have totaled over $18 million here at The Nat. That funding has helped thousands of people enjoy and better understand the natural world through our exhibitions, our educational programs, and our scientific research. You can help us fulfill our mission and leave your legacy as a steward of our region’s natural environment by making the commitment of a future gift from your estate (learn how). Supporters who take this important step are members of the Museum’s Live Oaks Society and receive exclusive benefits.

Leaf a little or leaf a lot, it's up to you.

There are many ways to leave a legacy gift, and what is right for one person may not be right for you. Consider the following options as you consult with your estate planning professional.

  • Include us in your will or living trust.
  • Name us as a beneficiary of your retirement plan.
  • Set up a charitable gift annuity.
  • Add us as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy.
  • Write us in as a beneficiary of a charitable remainder trust.

Here are some language examples for charitable estate planning.

Is the Museum in your Estate Plan?

If you have included us in your estate plan, please let us know! We would like to thank you for your generous commitment to the future of our natural world and welcome you to the Live Oaks Society.

Please contact Eowyn Bates at 619.255.0172 or ebates@sdnhm.org.

Benefits of becoming a Live Oaks member

Live Oaks Society members are a part of our family here at The Nat, and we want to share our special moments with them. They receive exclusive invitations to Museum events, including members-only events with our curators. As a recent example, members were invited to learn about our upcoming lower level renovations and take an up-close look at some fossils with Curator of Paleontology and Director of PaleoServices Dr. Tom Deméré.

As a memento of the Museum’s appreciation, members also receive a framed Albert Valentien print of the California Live Oak.


Reach out to Eowyn Bates to ask about leaving a legacy for the San Diego Natural History Museum. Contact Eowyn at 619.255.0172 or ebates@sdnhm.org. Your inquiry will be kept confidential.

Key Information

San Diego Society of Natural History Balboa Park
DBA The San Diego Natural History Museum

Tax ID:
95-1643375. The San Diego Natural History Museum is tax-exempt under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Mailing Address:
PO Box 121390
San Diego, CA 92112

Street Address:
1788 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

Thank you to all of our Live Oaks members, past and present, for their support of The Nat and their commitment to our region's awesome nature.