IRA Charitable Gifts

Beginning at age 70.5, owners of an Individual Retirement Arrangement (IRA) must begin taking a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD’s) from their IRA’s each year. These distributions are taxable income. One way to avoid paying taxes on RMD’s is to rollover all or a portion of it to a charity as a qualifying charitable distribution (QCD). Up to $100,000 a year can be donated to your favorite charity as a QCD without paying income tax on it. Check with your IRA administrator for details.

IRA Charitable Beneficiary

One way to continue a legacy of environmental stewardship is to name Keta Legacy Foundation (formerly Mountaineers Foundation) as a beneficiary of all or a portion of your non Roth IRA. When making an IRA qualifying charitable distribution (QCD), neither you, your estate, nor KLF pay taxes on the QCD. It is a common practice for financial advisors to recommend naming a charity as the beneficiary of all or a portion of a non Roth IRA.

Grant Deadline – April 19, 2019

map of the Salish Sea region
Map of the Salish Sea & Surrounding Basin, Stefan Freelan, WWU, 2009

KLF offers a competitive grant program to qualifying conservation-focused non-profit organizations. For more information about our grant process, visit our Community Grants page.

KLF’s Community Conservation Education Grants are limited to no more than $5000 and are meant to support modest, short-term projects related to conservation education and consistent with our vision and mission.

Please visit KLF’s Community Grants page for guidelines and to submit your application.

Winter News

Board Highlight

The Keta Legacy Foundation (KLF) has operated for 50 years with an all-volunteer Board of Directors. These wonderful people put KLF’s mission into action. They are helping realize our vision of people connecting with and protecting healthy ecosystems.

Katha Miller-Winder

  • Has served on the Board for 8 years
  • Is passionate about environmental education
  • Has a long history of building successful educational programs
  • Regularly volunteers at the Rhododendron Preserve
  • Has taught Kindergarten to Eighth Grade for 14 years and has a wide range of experience

Keta Legacy Foundation has a vision of connecting people to healthy ecosystems and that connection is something I feel in my bones. I have a deep and abiding love of nature that is rooted as deep as any tree. Inspiring others to feel that same connection is what I love doing.”

-Katha Miller-Winder

Katha adds that she loves having a troop of Girl Scouts planting trees to restore buffer parcels on the Preserve, and having Naval Junior Officer Training Corp (NJROTC) kids removing massive patches of scotch broom and cleaning up trash to aid the trees in restoring a healthy environment. She adores seeing Environmental Studies students doing hands on learning on the Rhododendron Preserve. And it makes her incredibly happy to watch students on a field trip light up as they head out onto the Preserve.

“That’s why I’m the Chair of the Education Committee for KLF”, Katha states. “I want to help everyone connect to a healthy environment and inspire them to understand the power of trees to combat climate change and to encourage others to make choices that supports environmental health.”

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

A BIG thanks to SKHS’s Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC), and Olympic College students for their hard work at the Rhododendron Preserve during MLK Jr. Day of service. The group removed Scotch broom from a recently adopted area of the Preserve. Board members Katha Miller-Winder and Amy Lawrence led the group.

Rhododendron Preserve Update

This winter the Kitsap Peninsula experienced heavy snow. Kitsap’s Snowmageddon brought close to 2 feet of the white stuff to the Rhododendron Preserve. We got another dusting in the first week of March so there’s plenty still on the ground.

It’s unusual to have so much snow this time of year. Shifts in the weather effect stream conditions. Baby salmon are especially vulnerable to those subtle shifts. Times like this, we think about the baby salmon in Chico Creek and hope the babies are finding shelter from the storm.

By Aaron J. Hilliard

The heavy snow caused several trees to fall in the Preserve. The Hidden Valley area of the Preserve is closed to the public due to unsafe conditions. As always, be cautious of falling branches and trees when visiting the Rhododendron Preserve and the Big Tree trail.

The trail to Big Tree is open thanks to our good friend, Travis Forman. He cleared the trail of fallen trees and made a bench out of the wood. The new rest stop is near the Wanda Butler bench. Thank you, Travis, for making a place to rest at the end of Big Tree trail.

Art in the Forest

This is a FREE event.

Date: February 25th, 2019
Time: 9am – 2pm
Location: Kitsap Cabin, 3021 Seabeck Highway NW, Bremerton, WA 98312

The wonderful Danielle Rimbert will show us how to create wreaths and crowns out of Scotch broom. This will be a fun and creative way to make something useful out of a weed.

The day will begin with a nature walk. We will then gather in the historic Kitsap Cabin to create wreaths and crowns. While shaping the wreaths, we will learn about the effects invasive plants have on the Rhododendron Preserve.

Please bring gardening gloves and be ready to use your hands. Be aware that Scotch broom is an allergen.

Space is limited to 30 guests. View the event on our Facebook Page to let us know your interested in attending.

Calling All Stream Stewards!

Want to become a Stream Steward?

The 2019 WSU Kitsap Extension Stream Stewards class features 6 field trips, an exciting new wildlife-focused training day, and many opportunities to interact with local experts and like-minded people.

The classes are held on Tuesdays from January 22 to February 26 from 9am – 3pm. Classroom sessions will be at the Eagle’s Nest Community Room in Bremerton. Afternoon field trips span locations across Kitsap County.

The Stream Stewards training program is for people who want to learn about, protect, and preserve freshwater resources. During the course, participants engage with various aspects of land and freshwater resources, while connecting with other like-minded people who are making a difference in the community. Local organizations will provide participants with information about local ecological projects and offer exciting opportunities to make a difference in Kitsap County.

Registration is $60, with scholarships available (email for details). Space is limited, so register today!