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Planned Giving: Your Legacy to Esalen's Future

“What I have learned and experienced at the ancient healing grounds has been a profound force in my life. I love knowing that my legacy gift will help ensure Esalen’s future.”

– Sandy Miranda, Esalen Supporter

Your love and appreciation for Esalen can live on as your legacy through a bequest in your will. Bequests can be in the form of cash, stock, bonds, IRAs, real estate or other personal property. The bequest portion reduces the taxable portion of an estate and thus the size of the federal tax liability, and any applicable state taxes. By naming Esalen as a beneficiary of a retirement plan or fully paid-up life insurance policy, you can also maximize your estate for your family and for Esalen.

Please consult with your account or financial advisor to determine what option is best for you.

Common Bequests

  • Specific Bequest: Esalen would receive a specific dollar amount or a specified fraction of the estate, or a designated item of property.

LANGUAGE SPECIFIC BEQUEST: I give, devise, and bequeath [describe asset or state specific dollar amount, or percentage of estate] to Esalen Institute, Tax ID# 94-6114235, a California non-profit organization and public benefit charity, located at 55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920, in order to further the mission and objectives of Esalen.

  • Residuary Bequest: Esalen would receive a percentage or all of the remainder of the estate after other specified bequests have been fulfilled.

LANGUAGE RESIDUARY BEQUEST: I give, devise, and bequeath the residue [or percentage of residue] of my estate to Esalen Institute, Tax ID#94-6114235, a California non-profit organization and public benefit charity, located at 55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920, in order to further the mission and objectives of Esalen.

Retirement Plans

Contact your retirement plan administrator. In most cases, you can change your beneficiary by completing a simple form. Some retirement plans even allow you to change this designation online. Please send us a letter outlining your estate plan intentions (i.e., type of estate gift and description percentage of estate, specific dollar amount, description of charitable gift property, asset or royalty).

  • If you have any form of qualified retirement account (IRA, 401(k), 403(b), etc.) you must name beneficiaries to receive the remainder of the account after your lifetime.
  • Many individuals name their children or other family members as their beneficiaries.
  • If you leave these accounts to family or other individuals (other than your spouse), the asset may be subject to two taxes:
    • Income tax at the beneficiary’s own tax rate, and
    • Estate tax
  • The combination of these two taxes can be extremely high – in some cases as high as 80%.
  • You can name Esalen (or any charity) as the beneficiary of your retirement account, leaving other less tax encumbered assets to your heirs.
  • If you name Esalen as beneficiary of your retirement account, 100% of the asset goes tax-free to the purpose you intend: your legacy to future generations of the Institute.
  • You can designate your gift for Esalen’s general purposes or a special purpose, such as scholarships.

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