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Get Bear Smart is an initiative of People and Carnivores providing resources across North America and the world to help people coexist with bears. We rely donations to fund this work. We are leading the way toward a future where bears and people can coexist in and around our communities and in the backcountry.

Your generous financial support will allow us to continue conducting research, influencing government policy and decision-making, educating the public and key stakeholders, and developing cutting-edge solutions to human-bear conflict problems. Every dollar donated here goes back to funding this resource, and your donations are tax deductible as allowed by law (People and Carnivores is a nonprofit registered with the IRS).

Consider making your donation monthly for even greater impact for bears.

Other Ways To Donate

Leave a Legacy of Compassion

You can continue your lifetime of caring after your passing by remembering in your will the animals and the animal protection organizations which have earned your trust.

You can use thoughtful estate planning – regardless of the size of your estate – to go on helping animals.

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A bequest in your will is a wonderful and simple way to make a charitable gift that will help ensure People and Carnivores’ important work of saving and protecting bears is carried on.

If you are interested in making a charitable bequest, consult your lawyer to notify them of your wish to leave a gift to People and Carnivores. Your bequest may be in any form, such as a sum of money, an asset, or an investment.

Let us thank you

If you’ve named People and Carnivores in your will please let us know – we’d love to thank you for your kindness and generosity.

How it works

If you wish to change your current will to include a gift to People and Carnivores, you can request your lawyer to prepare a codicil. A codicil is a signed and witnessed document that adds a new gift, or changes or eliminates a provision in your will. It appendages your current will and prevents the need to redraft the entire document.

Sample wording to make a general bequest in support of People and Carnivores is:

People and Carnivores located in Bozeman, Montana is to receive the sum of $__________, or __________ (asset), or ____% of my Estate, to be used for its general purposes.

Types of bequests you can consider

There are many ways you can make a bequest that you may wish to discuss with your lawyer as you consider making – or updating – your will.

1. Residual bequest. This gift allows you to give a percentage value from your estate.

2. Specific bequest. This gift allows you to give a fixed dollar value.

3. Contingent bequest. This gift allows you to make a bequest on condition that a certain event must occur before distribution to the beneficiary. For example, you may want to name a secondary beneficiary lest the primary beneficiary fails to survive you.

Special considerations if you plan a charitable bequest to help support People and Carnivores include marking your bequest as an:

Unrestricted bequest: This type of gift allows your gift to be directed towards the area of greatest need.

Restricted bequest: This type of gift allows you to specify how the funds will be used. Discuss your plans with People and Carnivores  to see how your wishes can best be carried out.

How to make a Charitable Bequest

For more information about making a Charitable Bequest, please contact  us using our contact form. Thank you for considering making this special commitment.

People and Carnivores’ IRS registration number is: 81-0482646

Gift of Securities, Stocks, and Bonds

Email lupson@peopleandcarnivores.org and we will be in touch to see up a discussion with you.


People and Carnivores is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization