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Shirley Fein
Shirley Fein
Shirley Fein lives life to the fullest—from her humble beginnings on a dairy farm to exploring the marine world and meeting Jacques Cousteau. Now she is giving back to Mote, an organization that has meant so much to her. Read More
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Welcome to your resource for charitable gift planning!

If we could use sand dollars to fund our research, we'd be out scouring the beaches of the world from dawn to dusk. But since we can't, we look to you.

In these difficult economic times, many cannot support their favorite charities as they once did. One alternative is to remember Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in your estate planning program. By doing so, you help make a difference today by protecting our future tomorrow.

Including Mote in your estate planning provides an important legacy that helps us continue in our mission for our children and our children's children. It also helps you reduce your tax burden by providing a charitable deduction equal to the value of the bequest at the time of your death and ensures that your assets are distributed in accordance with your wishes.

For more information, contact Tom Waters at 941-388-4441, Ext. 352 or plannedgiving@mote.org.

Check Out Our Monthly Feature Articles:


Making Her Connection to Mote's Past, Present and Future
All members of Mote Marine Laboratory's Legacy Society have their own history and connections that drew them to the organization and inspired them to support Mote through a planned gift. Veronica Brady and her husband Jay have many connections. More

5 Steps to Better Protect Your Kids
Children add much joy to life, but they also bring about the need for many new tasks. Possibly the most important task is planning a secure future for them in the event that you won't be here. If you've already created a plan, how accurate is it today? More

The Dangers of DIY Wills
Everyone loves to save time and money, and DIY estate planning seems like a perfect opportunity to do both. Sites like LegalZoom.com and RocketLawyer.com came on the scene a few years back and have steadily gained a following. Experts estimate that more than 1 million individuals use these sites every year to create wills and other estate documents. More

No Kids? You Still Need a Plan
Estate planning is for everyone, regardless of your marital status, income or age. Your life circumstances, however, will affect your plan. For example, estate planning for people without children has a different focus than planning for those with kids. More

Can't Help Right Now? Consider a Gift in Your Will or Trust
If you believe in our mission but don't want to part with money today, a gift in your will or living trust may be the donation option you've been looking for. More