Exotic Avian Sanctuary of Tennessee is registered as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. ©2020 All rights reserved.
How To Help
EAST is a small 501c3 non-profit organization, dedicated to the safety and care of parrots and other exotic birds. Financial gifts are necessary to the survival and success of a non-profit organization. Financial gifts are the most common type of donation, but all kinds of donations are needed and appreciated. There are many ways to support a non-profit that you care about. The options below will show you other meaningful ways you can donate to EAST.
Partner with EAST
A Corporate or Business Sponsorship benefits both your company and our mission. Your company’s sponsorship is recognized by EAST with an acknowledgment in our advertising, website and signage that your business supports our activities, programs, or special events.
Additionally, corporate sponsorships attract the attention of for-profit businesses because sponsorships offer public recognition of the business’s connection with a certain charitable cause, which may help your business attract new customers or bolster your company’s reputation because of the association with a nonprofit’s good will. EAST, as a charitable nonprofit, in turn, receives financial support and may also experience increased attention from the media and the public, in-kind services, and/or product donations.
We would love to have your company partner with us! For inquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planned Giving Wills | Trusts | Financial Account Beneficiary
If you have a favorite cause that is important to you, you can leave a positive legacy and make a real difference to that cause by Planned Giving. You may leave funding for a non-profit that is meaningful to you through your Will, a Trust, or through various Financial Accounts, such as life insurance or an IRA account. If you wish, you may also specify a specific area to which your gift would apply. Your legacy is making an investment in our success!
What is Planned Giving?
- Gifts in a will, trust or beneficiary of a financial account
- Gifts of assets
- Often occur at someone’s death
- Giving is “planned” because it takes some thinking and sometimes the help of an attorney, CPA or financial advisor
What triggers planning?
- Health Issues
- Death of a family member
- Birth or adoption of children or grandchildren
- Sale of business
- Significant appreciation of assets
- Move to another state
- Change of a guardian, executor, or trustee is desired
- A big trip
- Significant tax law changes since the last review
Types of Gifts in a Will
- Specific or Percentage Bequest
- Residual Bequest
- Contingent Bequest
Specific or Percentage Bequest
EAST can be named as the direct beneficiary of a stated amount of money, a particular piece of property, or a stated percentage of one’s estate.
EAST can be designated to receive all or a portion of the remainder of one’s estate once all specific bequests to family and friends have been satisfied.
Often, individuals provide that assets should go to family members or friends. However, it is important to provide for a contingent beneficiary to receive assets in case one’s named individual beneficiaries do not survive you. There is no limit on the amount one can leave to EAST or to other charitable organizations through one’s will.
Use Of Gifts
Leaving your gift unrestricted allows EAST to allocate funds where they are most needed. However, if you wish to direct your bequest towards the conservation efforts for a particular parrot species or to a specific project please add the following phrase to the wording recommended above: “To be used to further the purposes of EAST in the conservation efforts for:_________”.
Because of the complexity of estate planning, it is important that one’s attorney or notary structures one’s estate and writes one’s will to best carry out one’s wishes. EAST cannot act as executor of a donor’s estate. Some people may name EAST in their wills and never let us acknowledge their invaluable support. If one completes one’s will and includes EAST, please share this with us. It will aid us in our planning efforts and ensure your funds are utilized to their best intent. We also feel strongly about expressing our gratitude to those supporters who have remembered EAST in such a generous way. As applicable laws will vary by region, EAST further recommends seeking appropriate legal council regarding any changes or alterations of one’s will.
As part of an estate plan, many people set aside part of their estate for the care of their animals either in a Will, a Trust or a separate Pet Trust. Your attorney will teach you about the law in your particular state but you should teach them about you, your family and your goals and wishes. Your Will or Trust should specifically state who will receive your companion animal(s) and should include or incorporate your “plan.” Do you want to leave a fixed sum, a percentage of your estate, and should they be paid in a lump sum or periodically, or have your successor trustee or executor pay for actual expenses? Do you want to have someone mke periodic inspections of your animal companion(s) to ensure they are being well care for, and if not, what happens? Where do you want your animals to live?
Types of Financial Account Beneficiary
- IRA: If you are over 70, you can turn part of your life savings into a lifesaving gift for our parrots. You may make a gift to EAST directly from your IRA for up to $100,000 per year, and it will be tax-free. It is a good idea to notify EAST of your gift so it can be matched to you when it arrives. Many financial institutions do not include the name of the donor on the check.
- Life Insurance Policy: You may choose to make EAST your life insurance beneficiary in honor of your companion bird. This is a good option for bird owners whose bird(s) will need a forever home someday, but who might not have assets upon their death to pay for it’s long-term care.
Bequest Language (the legal information you will need to furnish your attorney or financial institution)
I give to Exotic Avian Sanctuary of Tennessee, a Tennessee corporation with its principal offices at 981 Old Lebanon Dirt Road, Hermitage, TN, 37076-4210, (the sum of ____________) (all or ________ percent of my residual estate) to be used for its general purposes. Tax ID#: 1406940160.
For more information on how to include EAST in your will, please reach out to us at email@example.com
We welcome gifts of building materials, gardening and grounds maintenance supplies and equipment, tree saplings we can plant, greenhouse materials, an order of our pellets or nuts in shell, clean, safe carry cages…anything that would be useful to a bird sanctuary. Your donation of goods is tax-deductible.
Also, if you have a skill or area of expertise you can share with EAST such as electrical work, plumbing, building, architecture, design, event planning—all kinds of professions—are all much needed skills if you can spare a weekend to help out. Your time is not tax-deductible, but we have loads of fun working together on projects at EAST, and the parrots are always entertaining!
From quality pellets, fresh foods, toys and aviary repairs to utilities, accounting, office supplies, insurances, internet and phone service to keeping our propane tank filled…your donation helps with all the daily nuts and bolts of running an animal sanctuary.
Emergency Rescue Fund
Sadly, EAST is contacted all too often to help with parrots in dire situations. These parrots do not have an advocate, or anyone to fund their care or rehabilitation. They are literally at the mercy of whomever they end up with. They are found existing in horrible conditions, malnourished, sick, and sometimes found in homes where their owner has died and has left no plan or funding for their birds’ future. We at EAST do everything in our power to help these birds who have no hope, but we need your help to be as effective as we can be. Emergency rescue entails getting to the location with cages, experienced people, with overnight trips sometimes necessary. It very often entails a series of medical treatments, and in every case, a full medical checkup and quarantine to make sure it has no communicable illness before it can join our flock. Your gift for Emergency Rescue literally makes you an angel to one of these birds in need.
Our birds are family. We do everything possible to help our birds if they become sick or injured. This isn’t often, thank goodness, but with the quantity of birds in our flock, one or two are usually in need of special care at any given time. We are fortunate to have Dr. Brandon Dixon of Volunteer Vet Clinic as an Honorary Director & Advisor, and he and his team are our first line of defense. If the problem is rare, or very specialized, our birds are referred to UT Veterinary Medical Center in Knoxville, where they specialize in exotic animals. Though both Dr. Dixon and UT give us generous discounts on vet visits and treatments, it still adds up and is expensive.
We depend on your donations to help Bogey, one of our cockatoos, who has a prolapse issue. You help Rico, an African Gray who has degenerative disease in one of his legs, and we are fighting to not have to amputate it. You help buy medication for Nyah, one of our Amazons, who is losing her eyesight. And, you help Rico, our 42 year old Yellow Naped Amazon who is diabetic and requires daily medication. These are just a few examples of our flock in which your gift makes all the difference in these parrots’ lives.
Naturally, as most other animal non-profits, we wish for all kinds of things that we need on an on-going basis. Please check our DONATE PAGE. But we also have really big wishes! We are planning all kinds of flight aviaries for our birds, and are looking for donors and/or sponsors to help build these aviaries. They are expensive, but they will be able to house up to 2 dozen feathered residents, they will be temperature controlled, have lots of natural light, water features, plenty of flying space and they will be built to last. If you would like to sponsor one of these aviaries please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Fundraising Campaign
Contribute to our current campaign! They are always different, always fun, and always for much-needed support for our feathered residents. From toys to new aviaries, we have fundraisers about four times annually, often with matching funds from one of our supporters. CLICK HERE to see what we are doing now!
Here are some other easy ways you can help
Ebay Giving Works Program – Buy or sell on Ebay to benefit EAST!
Amazon Smile – Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Exotic Avian Sanctuary Of Tennessee Inc whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.
Kroger Community Rewards – A great way local Middle Tennessee folks can help! Just create an account, register your Kroger Plus Card, and pick Exotic Avian Sanctuary of Tennessee as your charity!! A portion of all purchases go to EAST!
iGive – Just sign up, download the “iGive” button and shop! A portion of all purchases through iGive will go to help EAST!
Britches “Really” EAST T-Shirts – A portion of every sale goes to help EAST!
EAST Tax Identification Information
Exotic Avian Sanctuary of Tennessee, Inc.
981 Old Lebanon Dirt Road
Hermitage, TN 37076-4210
501(c)(3) non-profit corporation
Tax ID #: 46-1756583