How You Can Help
Members underwrite more than a third of our conservation work each year and thus play a major role in safeguarding and enhancing Vermont’s vital rural landscape. Members receive news updates and invitations to events. They have the opportunity to become deeply informed about conservation issues and the right to elect our Board of Trustees. Join us by becoming a member today! Please contact Jane Coffey with membership questions. You can call her at (802) 262-1201.
Anyone can create a lasting conservation legacy by naming the Vermont Land Trust as a beneficiary in their will or living trust, life insurance, or retirement accounts. It’s easy to do and it costs nothing during your lifetime. If you decide to do this, please let us know by sending in a Bequest Intention Form.
Getting started is easy. We’ve partnered with FreeWill to help you write a legally valid will — for free. In under 25 minutes, you can write your will and make a gift to the Vermont Land Trust. If you have a more complicated estate or wish to consult with an attorney about your wishes, you can use FreeWill to create a list of documented wishes. Start your will today.
If you have any questions, please contact Christa Kemp at (802) 262-1229.
Another way to create a legacy is to invest in the Vermont Land Trust now and receive income for life. Legacy gifts can provide you or your estate with important tax benefits too. To learn more, please contact Christa Kemp at (802) 262-1229.
By giving appreciated securities you can avoid paying capital gains taxes, receive a tax deduction on the full value of the gift, and support the Vermont Land Trust at a lower cost to you than if you made a cash gift. To get started, we have a new online tool that allows you to transfer your stocks directly to VLT.
Give from your IRA
People age 70½ and older can donate up to $100,000 directly to the Vermont Land Trust from their individual retirement accounts (IRAs) without it being counted as taxable income. The gift can be used as your required minimum distribution. Your financial institution needs to issue the check directly to us, and the gift must be made by December 31 of the tax year.
Contact your IRA custodian to get started, or use our new online tool that helps you make your gift in less than 10 minutes.
With a Charitable Lead Trust you can benefit from tax savings that result from charitable gifts to the Vermont Land Trust without giving up assets that you’d like to leave to your family. You give assets to a trust that pays the Vermont Land Trust set payments for a chosen number of years. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.
Another way to have a significant impact is to donate real estate. We accept donations of property that has conservation value as well as smaller lots and homes that may be sold to fund future conservation. Giving real estate can be a current strategy, or part of your legacy. To learn more about donating real estate to the Vermont Land Trust, please contact Christa Kemp at (802) 262-1229.
Other ways to make a difference
You can donate to a current community project to help us close a fundraising gap, donate a conservation easement on land you own, donate a vehicle or other in-kind gift, or become a “conservation buyer” by helping us temporarily buy a property at risk of development when there is little time to act. Or, be creative! Supporters have donated proceeds from their artwork, given a percentage of their business income, held fundraising events, and even completed a cross-country bike trip to raise money. Birthdays, weddings, and holidays are also great opportunities to direct gifts to the Vermont Land Trust. Contact Kate Shaw at (802) 262-1203 to learn more.