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Create a Legacy at Deer Lake!


The Deer Lake Legacy Fund provides ongoing support for conserving the clean water of Deer Lake, together with other Deer Lake Association (DLA) initiatives now and into the future.  Up to 5% of the Legacy Fund can be spent annually on Deer Lake, as recommended by the Deer Lake Environment And Preservation Committee (DLEAP) and approved by the DLA Board of Directors.  For example, right now the Deer Lake Legacy Fund helps pay for the May – October inspections at the Deer Lake public access.  


 Please consider creating a Deer Lake Legacy by arranging for a planned gift through your will or estate plan, or by making an direct donation to the Deer Lake Legacy Fund.  There are numerous ways to make a Legacy gift without writing a check.  DLA is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity.  Donations to DLA, including those to the Legacy Fund, are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.   


Ideas for how to Create a Legacy at Deer Lake:

Please consider making a gift to DLA’s Deer Lake Legacy Fund.  DLA is a 501(c)(3) public charity.  Donations to DLA, including to DLA’s Deer Lake Legacy Fund, are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.  Would you be willing to help conserve Deer Lake?  Here are ways you can help:

1.     Good:  Make a donation to the Deer Lake Legacy Fund by check or by credit card Make your check out to “DLA” and write “Legacy Fund” in the memo field.

2.     Better:  Make a once-in-a-lifetime Planned Gift to the Deer Lake Legacy Fund through your will or estate plan.  There are multiple creative ways to do so.  You can offer a bequest through your will.  You can list DLA as a beneficiary on your IRA.  You can provide a gift through a Charitable Gift Annuity.  DLA is happy to provide you with ideas, examples, and additional information.  See for a library of creative examples or contact

3.     Best:  Instead of planning a gift, consider a direct donation to the Legacy Fund now, when you can see and experience the joy, gratitude, and appreciation of the tangible benefit that helps the DLA with its mission. A gift today can continue to grow within the Legacy portfolio at full value without further taxation.  Here are two creative examples:

·       Anyone age 70 ½+ can make a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) donation now, directly from an IRA in an amount up to $100,000.  A QCD may even count as a required minimum distribution if a donor is age 72+.  Neither the donor nor DLA pays income tax on such a donation. 

·       Donating appreciated stock or mutual fund shares can be especially attractive now.  Because it’s a gift of shares, the donor doesn’t have to pay capital-gains-tax on the gifted shares, AND can claim a tax-deduction in the calendar year of the donation for the market value of the shares on the date of the donation.


Good Tax and Legal Advice is Essential

The information presented here is not intended to be legal or tax advice.  We encourage you to seek the counsel of a financial planner, attorney, and/or tax advisor.  They can help you determine the best method for you to create a legacy.    

Our address is

Deer Lake Association, c/o Marc Fuller, DLA Treasurer, 4145 Washburn Ave So, Minneapolis, MN. 55410.