Planned Giving

Planned gifts are a way of leaving a meaningful legacy in support of a charitable organization that matters most to you. Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation (FKHDF) exists to support a world-class history and discovery center that accurately reflects our Florida Keys in a multifaceted and interactive environment.

 Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation formed in 2013 to develop and operate Keys History & Discovery Center, which occupies 7,500 square feet in the Islander Resort Conference Center, on the property of the resort. The Discovery Center is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

 The Foundation is funded through public and private donations, grants, membership and program fees, and sales of merchandise. The Foundation is a member in good standing of the American Alliance of Museums striving to meet and/or exceed the Characteristics of Excellence for U.S. Museums.

Planned gifts help ensure these vital programs and services can continue to exist, not only for this generation, but also for generations to come. Endowment gifts allow you to make a long-term impact on the Keys History & Discovery Center. These funds are invested and sustain the organization in perpetuity.

The Foundation maintains the Meeks endowment, which accepts gifts in the form of cash, checks, wire transfers and security transfers of stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Legacy giving identifying the Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation as a beneficiary in your will or estate plan, does not require a large income or vast estate. Legacy giving only requires a thoughtful intention to make a difference.

FKHDF recommends consulting with an attorney, financial planner, or other licensed professional when considering or making changes to your planned giving arrangements. This information does not constitute legal, tax, or financial advice.

When You Give, you become a lifelong member of the Legacy Society.

As a member of the Legacy Society, you’ll receive recognition in perpetuity on our website.

If you have already included FKHDF in your planned giving arrangements, please let us know so we may invite you to join this exclusive group.

Giving Options

Through your will:
will expresses your wishes as to how your property is to be distributed after your lifetime. Through a written will, you name one or more persons, usually an executor or personal representative, to manage your estate until its final distribution. This is a very popular way of giving gifts to charity — a gift you can arrange now to create a legacy.

Through a trust:
Through a trust, your assets are managed so they may extend into and well beyond your living years. You specify through the trust what assets are to be included, who is to manage and decide matters, who will benefit, and when and how long the benefits will be received. There are different types of trusts based on your desires and needs. The benefits of a charitable trust include letting you donate generously to the charities of your choice during and after your lifetime, while also receiving and providing significant tax savings for you and your beneficiaries.

Through a beneficiary designation:
beneficiary designation allows you to identify who receives ownership of certain assets after your lifetime. Beneficiary designations are common with certain types of assets, such as retirement accounts, bank accounts, life insurance policies, and stock and investment securities.

Plan Your Gift

If you would like to name Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation as a beneficiary in your planned gifts, please use the following information in your documents:

Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation
P.O. Box 1124
Islamorada, FL 33036
305-922-2237
info@keysdiscovery.com
Tax ID: 46-1936911

If you are the executor, trustee, or personal representative currently responsible for administering a decedent’s planned gifts in which the Foundation has been named, please forward documents and communications to:

Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation
P.O. Box 1124
Islamorada, FL 33036
305-922-2237
info@keysdiscovery.com
Tax ID: 46-1936911

For more information, connect with Executive Director Jill Miranda Baker at 305-922-2237 or executivedirector@keysdiscovery.com.

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