Greenbelt’s Legacy giving options, along with advice from your trusted professional advisors, can help you determine the type of gift that specifically meets your personal, financial
and philanthropic goals.
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The Greenbelt Legacy Society recognizes those thoughtful individuals who have made provision for Greenbelt through a charitable bequest (John W. Peirce Bequest
Circle donors), or who have established other planned and life-income gifts to Greenbelt. Legacy Society donors are special members of our conservation community. Their demonstration of
innovative philanthropy is acknowledged in our Annual Report each year.
Greenbelt's Tax ID number (EIN) is 04-2664297.
We are pleased to report that a portion of Greenbelt's bequest funds - entrusted to Greenbelt with the purpose of conserving land in Essex County - were put into action to help acquire and
permanently protect these three beautiful places last year:
Park, Lawrence and Andover: 48 wooded acres with trails and frontage along the Shawsheen River that adjoin the 120-acre Den Rock Park that is owned and managed by the City of
Colby Farm, West Newbury: 25 bucolic acres of fields and watershed protection land that expands the popular Indian Hill Conservation Area to 340 acres of
interconnecting trails and conserved land.
Beaver Pond Reservation, Merrimac: 15 lovely acres on the west side of Battis Road that expand and provide a buffer for Greenbelt's 23 conserved acres across the road, which abut
the 311-acre Merrimac Town Forest.
Bequests & Life Income Gifts
A Charitable Bequest is a gift from your estate, through a living will or trust, funded by almost any asset or resource. One of the easiest ways to establish a Charitable Bequest is through
the beneficiary designation form provided by your retirement plan.
A Charitable Gift Annuity or a Charitable Remainder Trust make it possible to receive income for the rest of your life. If you are downsizing from a highly appreciated home or property, a
Charitable Remainder Trust can provide tax advantages while ensuring future income.
Donors may receive a charitable income tax deduction for gifts of stock, subject to AGI limitations, while avoiding capital gains that may otherwise trigger future tax liabilities.
Qualitified Charitable Distributions
Individuals over 72 can satisfy their required minimum distribution (from their IRA) by donating up to $100,000 from their IRA provided that the gift goes directly to a charity (not to a
donor advised fund or private donation).
Gift of Non-Conservation Real Estate
Through our GreenTrade program, you can gift all or a portion of a “non- conservation” real estate asset to Greenbelt, such as a home, vacation cabin, commercial building or
remote lot. Greenbelt will then sell the property and use the proceeds to support our land conservation work.
If you own land, you may be able to permanently conserve it through a gift of land to Greenbelt, or through a conservation restriction. Greenbelt’s Land Conservation staff will be happy
to describe land conservation options.