You Can Help!
Gifts from individuals and area businesses – your friends and neighbors — provide the lion’s share of UVLT’s annual budget. Land conservation is for everyone. UVLT’s supporters include landowners and apartment dwellers; people who own hundreds of acres and those who live on small lots; people who have lived in the Upper Valley all their lives, those who have just arrived, and those who visit occasionally. There’s no gift too small to make a difference – so get involved!
Ways to Give to UVLT
Give from Your Brokerage Account
When you donate stock that has gained in value, you can receive a tax deduction for the full value of the gift, avoid capital gains taxes, and support UVLT at a lower cost to you than if you made a cash gift.
Create Your Legacy
You can give a permanent voice to your land conservation values by naming UVLT as a beneficiary in your will or living trust, life insurance or retirement accounts. UVLT supporters who have made planned gifts have had an extraordinary impact on our work. These gifts fund our endowment, ensuring our continued long term success by supporting strong, innovative programming, and providing stability.
Give Through Your Will
One of the easiest ways to make a significant and lasting gift to UVLT is to include a bequest in your will. Your gift can be expressed as a precise dollar amount, specific property, a percentage of your estate, or the remainder of your estate. UVLT can assist you by providing suggested language for your bequest. Please contact us for details.
If you’ve not yet created a will, you can get started at no cost today. We have partnered with FreeWill to make the process easier than ever: you can plan your gift in under 20 minutes, and complete the process with a free legal will, or consult with your advisor.
Give From Your Life Insurance
A life insurance policy you no longer need for your family’s security can make an excellent charitable gift. You may simply name UVLT as beneficiary of the policy, or name UVLT as the owner of a fully- or partially-paid policy and receive additional tax benefits.
Give from your IRA Assets & Retirement Accounts
Passing on retirement assets to heirs can carry hefty estate and income taxes. By designating UVLT as a beneficiary to receive all or a percentage of a qualified retirement account, or giving UVLT a retirement account through a bequest in a will, you can accomplish both philanthropic and estate planning goals.
Donate Real Estate
Through a gift of real estate, now or through your estate planning documents, you can make a significant contribution to UVLT’s land conservation and stewardship mission. UVLT accepts donations of land with conservation value as well as homes, smaller lots and other real property that may be sold to fund our conservation and stewardship work. To learn more about donating real estate to UVLT, contact Jeanie McIntyre at (603) 643-6626.
Donate Now and Earn Income for Life
A life income gift allows you to gift assets including cash, securities or real estate in exchange for a stream of income, with the remainder of the funds supporting the Conservancy. Examples of life income gifts are charitable gift annuities, pooled income funds and charitable remainder trusts.
Charitable Gift Annuities
A Charitable Gift Annuity offers tax benefits, the opportunity to increase income, and the security of a constant payment stream. In exchange for your gift of principal, UVLT will make fixed payments to you for your lifetime and, if you choose, the lifetime of a surviving spouse or other second person. UVLT suggests that gift annuities be funded with a minimum of $10,000.
Charitable Remainder Trusts
Typically funded with cash or securities, a Charitable Remainder Trust pays lifetime income to you and/or to other beneficiaries, with the trust principal eventually coming to UVLT. This gift is attractive because it offers substantial tax benefits and the opportunity to increase income.
Make a Gift Through Your Business
Join business leaders who are investing in the quality of life here in the Upper Valley by conserving the rural landscapes and the “sense of place” that make the Upper Valley unique and special. Become a supporter, sponsor UVLT activities and events, adopt a trail, or match employee gifts. Your employees and customers will thank you! Read more about giving through your business here.
Other Ways to Support UVLT
- Volunteer! We rely on the time and talent of so many to help sustain our important work.
- Observe a birthday, wedding, anniversary, celebrate a life transition, or honor a special person. To make an honorary gift, just enclose a note with your gift explaining who you wish to honor, the occasion (if applicable), and the name and address of the individual to be notified of your gift.
- Host a party for UVLT or lead a hike at one of your favorite UVLT-conserved places.
Swan Bedrock Legacy Society
“Life is short; land is forever.” This is my defining philosophy in approaching land conservation; and why I have chosen to make a legacy commitment to the Upper Valley Land Trust. I have been glad to conserve the lands that I have, and by joining the Swan Bedrock Society I can ensure continued support for land conservation that goes beyond my lifetime.”
– Bob Wetzel, Swan Bedrock Legacy Society Member
What’s in a Name?
- Bedrock is the hard, solid rock beneath surface materials such as soil and gravel. Engineers rely on secure attachments to bedrock to build safe, stable buildings, bridges, and wells;
- Bedrock geology is closely tied to biodiversity and resilience. The physical and chemical properties of soil are influenced by the nature of underlying rock; soil characteristics influence the distribution of habitats and species. Bedrock supports life; and,
- Bedrock is the fundamental principle on which something is based. Bedrock is foundational.
When you create a legacy with UVLT, you join a diverse community of people, like Bob, who value an ever-lasting commitment to preserve our lands for generations to come.
- Jim & Joan Ashley
- Charles & Lynn Bohi
- Roald & Lois E. Cann
- Lisa Cashdan & Peter Stein
- Robert W. Christy
- Ray & Tina Clark
- Patricia Ayres Crawford
- James & Deborah Crowell
- Marilyse de Boissezon
- Blynn Garnett
- John & Pam Gerstmayr
- Kurt Gotthardt
- Marion Weathers Grassi
- Justin Gullotta
- Marion McCollom Hampton
- Bob & Christie Hedges
- June Hemberger
- Bill & Sylvia Hill
- Carol Langstaff
- Carola Lea
- Doug & Jean Loudon
- Peter Martin & Lynn Freeman
- J. Michael McGean
- Jeanie McIntyre
- Christopher Milanesi
- E.J. Moorhead
- Chris & Nancy Nesbitt
- Anne Peyton
- David & Sarah Drew Reeves
- Patricia Richardson
- Lorrin Riggs
- Rick & Linda Roesch
- Elisabeth Russell
- Rika & Carl W. Schmidt
- Don & Irmi Snowden
- Elizabeth & Edmund Speer
- David & Anne Stephens
- Edward & Virginia Taylor
- Bob Wetzel
- Genevieve Williamson
- Doug & Joanne Wise
- Anonymous (15)
Italics indicate gifts complete.
UVLT’s donor information, donor records, and membership lists are to be used only in support of UVLT’s mission of land conservation. Accordingly, UVLT does not share or sell in any form either in part or in total such information with or to any individual or organization if the use of such information would be in conflict with the philanthropic interests of UVLT or would violate donor confidentiality or institutional accountability to donors or donor prospects in any way.
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UVLT honors donor requests for greater confidentiality, including requests for anonymity and requests that one’s name not be used, exchanged, or rented.