Ways to Give

SUpport our mission & save wildlife in need

Supporting  our lifesaving work is easy and tax-deductible! 

Monetary gifts

Planned giving


Vehicle donations

Time & Talent

Planned &
Legacy giving

When you include the Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary in your estate planning, you can be confident that your legacy will help native ecosystems and provide lifesaving care for injured and orphaned wild animals. Planned gifts are vital in supporting a dynamic, healthy future for the Sanctuary and for the natural world. 

There are many ways to support the Sanctuary through estate planning – starting with a bequest through a will. You may also amend your current will with a codicil to designate a gift to the Sanctuary.

Specific Asset/Amount language example

“I give $________ [or describe asset] to the Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary, a nonprofit corporation of the Commonwealth of Virginia, to be used for general purposes as determined by the Board of Directors.”

Remaining Asset/Amount language example

“I give to the Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary, a nonprofit corporation of the Commonwealth of Virginia, all [or ____ percent] of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, to be used for general purposes as determined by the Board of Directors.”

Codicil language example


I, [Your Full Name], of [City, State], declare this to be a codicil to my last will and testament dated [Date of Original Will] ("Will").

Addition of Bequest: I hereby amend my Will by adding the following provision:

"I bequeath [specific amount or percentage of the estate or asset] to the Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary, a nonprofit organization located at 5450 Wheelers Cove Rd, Shipman, VA 22971, Federal Tax ID [51-0498181], for its general purposes."

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this [Day] day of [Month], [Year].

[Your Full Name]


We, the undersigned, hereby certify that [Your Full Name], known to us, declared this codicil to be a codicil to his/her Will and signed it in our presence. We now, at his/her request and in his/her presence and in the presence of each other, sign our names as attesting witnesses.

[Witness 1 Name]
[Witness 1 Address]

[Witness 2 Name]
[Witness 2 Address]

You may also help support our mission by naming the Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary as the beneficiary of your:
  • IRAs & retirement accounts
  • Life insurance policies
  • Stocks, bonds, or other securities
  • Mutual funds or bank accounts

These beneficiary designations can often be made online or with a phone call. Through thoughtful estate planning, you may be able to receive tax and income benefits during your lifetime through remainder trusts and gift annuities.

We recommend consulting your attorney or financial advisor for guidance on which option might be right for you. 

Supplies & In-kind gifts

Check out our Amazon Wish List for a quick and easy way to send the Sanctuary an item we really need! 

Running a supply drive is an excellent way to directly support our animal care work! This is a fabulous option for children in particular who want to help the Sanctuary but are too young to volunteer hands-on (18+).  In general, we are in need of: 
  • Unscented, plain tissues 
  • Paper towels
  • Fleece blankets & bath towels in good condition (no holes) 
  • Puppy training pads 
  • Dawn dish soap
  • Sponges
  • Food Lion gift cards
  • Blue Ridge Farmers Co-op gift cards
  • Newspaper (without magazine/plastic inserts - paper only)




Are you an artist? Do you run a business? We are always interested in in-kind donations of art, unique items, local services, and experiences that we may use in exciting fundraising events like raffles or auctions. You receive an in-kind donation receipt for the value of your donation, and the Sanctuary will celebrate your generosity and your business throughout our event. If you have any questions, please contact us using the form below. Thank you for supporting wildlife!

Donate a vehicle

Donating your car, truck, motorcycle, RV, farm equipment, jet ski, scooter, or boat and support the Sanctuary! Setting up your donation takes just a couple of minutes. 

  • Vehicle does not need to be running!
  • Towing away is free!
  • Your donation is tax-deductible!

To get started, click on the image to fill out Cars for Charity's online form for RWS or call (888) 755-5435. 

Time & talent

The Sanctuary only soars when powered by a mighty team of caring humans. Every person has talents or time they can lend to RWS. Learn more about our volunteering opportunities and get in touch today! 


Please note that we are closed to the public in order to maintain a natural setting for our wildlife patients. We do offer the ability to schedule a tour or small group viewing, but these must be scheduled in advance. Please email us at info@rockfishwildlifesanctuary.org if you are interested in scheduling a tour. We look forward to sharing RWS with you!
Due to a high volume of requests, we are unable to schedule educational programs until the beginning of fall 2024.


5450 Wheelers Cove Rd.
Shipman, VA 22971

Our phone number should be used for wildlife emergencies. If you have other general inquiries, we would appreciate you contacting us via email or the contact us form so we can keep our phone line open for wildlife in need. Thank you!          

We are open 365 days per year. We accept new patients between 9AM-4PM. Call first, please!

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Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. EIN 51-0498181.
Thank you for supporting our mission to help native wildlife in Virginia and beyond.