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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.
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:
Den Rock 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 Lawrence.
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.
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.
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.
Greenbelt strongly recommends that you consult your financial or tax advisor and attorney or estate planner when establishing or revising your estate plans.
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Greenbelt is grateful to several professional and staff photographers whose work is featured prominently within our website.
Thank you Jerry Monkman / ecophotography.com, Lynne Holton, Kindra Clineff, Adrian Scholes and John Raleigh.