Support Our Work

The Land Trust has proven to be a trusted organization with the ability to get results and achieve success. To continue protecting special places in our home state, we need your help. Your monetary support is vital to ensure that the “wild and wonderful” in West Virginia is conserved for the future. Will you consider making a contribution today of $50, $100, or even $250?

If we don’t protect special places in West Virginia, who will? With your support, so much more can be accomplished!

Not comfortable making a large gift? You can pledge to make smaller gifts monthly by selecting the “recurring gift” option.

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Ways to give

What is a “recurring gift?”

After completing the giving form, funds are automatically withdrawn each month from your bank account or credit card and deposited into the West Virginia Land Trust. The transaction appears on your monthly statement from the bank or credit card. You can adjust the amount of your gift or cancel your payment at any time, just give us a call!

Making a monthly pledge is good for you:

  • Recurring gifts are easy, quick and automatic
  • Recurring gifts allow you to divide your gift into monthly installments
  • Recurring gifts eliminate the need to write and mail a check.
  • Recurring gifts mean you don’t have to figure out when in the year you can best afford the gift you want to make.

Monthly pledges are good for WVLT:

  • Recurring gifts put your gift to work for land conservation and programs immediately.
  • Recurring gifts reduce our costs for printing, postage, and telephone calls.
  • Recurring gifts save money by simplifying gift processing. (The bank does most of the work!)

Giving at a major gift level ($5,000 or more) to the West Virginia Land Trust is not a decision that can be made over night. There are many questions that you need to ask yourself, for example:

  • What do I want to support?
  • How can I help?
  • What are my tax implications?
  • What makes me want to support the WVLT?
    • A special place?
    • A memory?
    • My future generations?

If you have an interest in supporting the WVLT in a significant way, through a major gift, we would like to speak with you and hear more about your ideas. Our staff know the funding priorities of our organization and we will be able to create a giving opportunity tailored to fit your needs.

You have the ability to make a lasting impact on your home state through a planned gift. This type of charitable planning lets you support the protection on West Virginia’s special places far into the future, while providing tax and other benefits to you.

  • Name the West Virginia Land Trust as a beneficiary of your will or living trust
  • Name the West Virginia Land Trust as a beneficiary of your qualified retirement plan (IRA, 403(b), 401(k)
  • Name the West Virginia Land Trust as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy

How it Works:
Name the West Virginia Land Trust in your will, living trust, or a beneficiary of your plans. You may designate your gift for a particular purpose that is important to you, or allow us to use the gift where the need is greatest at the time it matures. You may also indicate a set amount, a percentage or the remaining balance to benefit the West Virginia Land Trust.


  • Your assets remain in your control during your lifetime
  • You can modify your gift at any time to address changing circumstances
  • You can direct your gift to a particular purpose (be sure to check with us to ensure your gift can be used as intended)
  • Under current federal tax law there is no upper limit on the estate tax deduction for your charitable gifts

Please let us know if you have designated the West Virginia Land Trust in your will, so we can thank you while you are alive!

Why give stocks or mutual funds?

If you intend to make a contribution to the West Virginia Land Trust, giving shares of stock or mutual funds may allow you to take full advantage of your investment earnings by avoiding the tax on your capital gains. In addition, a gift of stock held more than one year may qualify for a charitable income tax deduction equal to the security’s full fair-market value. If you were to sell the stock to obtain cash for a charitable gift, you may be required to pay tax on your capital gains.

Want to know your land will be protected?

Land donated to a land trust for conservation is one of the most meaningful legacies a person can leave to future generations. You too can leave a lasting legacy by donating your land or placing a conservation easement on your property.

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