Create Your Legacy of Healthy California Salmon for Future Generations

Over the last decade, Golden State Salmon Association (GSSA) has worked to restore California’s salmon for their economic, recreational, commercial, environmental, cultural and health values. Our goal is to ensure salmon populations continue to sustain tens of thousands of jobs in California and Oregon, support ocean and watershed ecosystems, and provide innumerable community and cultural benefits to millions of individuals and families.

Making a bequest to GSSA, or designating us as a beneficiary of your charitable remainder trust, life insurance policy or retirement plan, are incredibly meaningful ways to demonstrate your commitment to the state’s salmon fishery and all the people that rely upon it. These are gifts that cost nothing today, but have positive impacts for our salmon work spanning hydrology, habitat and hatcheries…for generations to come.

Ready to get started with a bequest? Contact your financial adviser and provide our sample bequest language.

Sample Bequest Language

I give, devise and bequeath to Golden State Salmon Association (Tax Identification Number 27-4187163), located in California, the sum of _______________________dollars ($___________) [Or state a percentage of your estate or describe real or personal property, including exact location] for the benefit of its general purposes.

Golden State Salmon Association, a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization with tax identification number 27-4187163, organized and existing under the laws of California with a mailing address of PO Box 9360, Santa Rosa, California 95405.

Benefits of Giving to GSSA Through Your Estate Plan:

  • Preserve your values. Your will or trust allows you to build a legacy that reflects the salmon restoration and fishery values you hold most dear.
  • Keep control of your assets during your lifetime. You have the flexibility of modifying your bequest if your circumstances ever change.
  • Take advantage of tax laws that help preserve your estate assets. A properly prepared plan can result in your estate paying less tax and allowing you to leave more money for your beneficiaries.

Ways to Give Through Your Estate Plan

It’s easy to name Golden State Salmon Association as a beneficiary of specific assets, a portion of your estate, or even your residual estate. The following are simple, tax-efficient ways to make a bequest while retaining flexibility to modify your estate should your circumstances change:

  • Retirement Plan [such as a 401(k), 403(b), or IRA]
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Financial Accounts [e.g. Brokerage Account, Bank Account, or Certificate of Deposit (CED)]

If you have already included Golden State Salmon Association in your estate plans, we want to thank you! We would love to hear from you and honor all requests for anonymity.

GSSA recommends you consult with a professional advisor on these matters. If you have any questions regarding giving a gift of stocks or bonds, or for more information on how to include us in your estate plans, accomplish your legacy goals, and leave a lasting gift to benefit California salmon and the salmon fishery, please contact Scott Artis at