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Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Sylvester Jr. – MSLF Donor Story
Mr. Sylvester was born in LaSalle, Colorado and earned an undergraduate degree in Animal Science and a Masters Degree in Agricultural Economics at Colorado State University. He has been a rancher since 1959. Putting his agricultural background to good use, Mr. Sylvester held the position of General Manager of the¬†National Western Livestock Show and Rodeo for twenty-five years.
Mrs. Sylvester was born in Omaha, Nebraska and worked on her family's dairy farm; she married Mr. Sylvester in 2001. Until recently, she hosted a radio talk show, and continues to maintain a hard hitting website, www.GoodNeighborLaw.com that discusses a wide range of conservative issues.
Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester live on the 130 year old farm that he was born and raised on. Both strongly support their roles as stewards of the land. "We believe that American resource providers are forced to face unwarranted litigation. Opponents of domestic resource providers sue American farmers, ranchers, fishermen, loggers, and miners to stop them from producing. Opponents want to convert America's fertile land and natural resources into fallow playgrounds." From this belief, their support of Mountain States Legal Foundation has grown. "Mountain States Legal Foundation provides free legal service to our deserving stewards, and we want to contribute towards this commendable effort. As a small token of appreciation to MSLF, we are honored to bequeath some of our farm to them."
A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.
You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to MSLF as a lump sum.
You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to MSLF as a lump sum.