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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 important properties:
Camp Creighton | Middleton
Greenbelt partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Lynn to purchase a Conservation Restriction on their beautiful, wooded 121-acre Camp Creighton property in Middleton, home to the Boys & Girls Club of Lynn's summer day camp for decades.
Greenbelt and the Town of Lynnfield worked together to protect the 21-acre Lynnfield Woodlot on Main Street, with existing trails on 21 acres that will provide a gateway to 500 acres of other conserved land owned by the Lynnfield Conservation Commission and the Lynnfield Center Water District.
Corliss Hill Road Conservation Project | Haverhill
Greenbelt permanently protected more than 22 acres of land in Haverhill, thanks to a collaborative effort between Greenbelt and the City of Haverhill. This land is vital to preserving Haverhill’s drinking water supply, rare species habitat, and working farmland.
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. To gift stock assets to Greenbelt, click here for transfer instructions or call Cathy Lanois at 978-768-7241 ext 113 with questions.
Individuals over 72 can satisfy their required minimum distribution (RMD) (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). A donation made this way does not count as taxable 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.
A donor-advised fund (DAF) is a giving vehicle that allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to easily support your favorite charities. DAFs are an excellent way to both simplify your charitable giving and facilitate your strategic philanthropic goals. Use this widget to easily give from your DAF.
We welcome the opportunity to personally discuss your giving options.
Director of Development & Community Engagement
978-768-7241, ext. 122
82 Eastern Avenue
PO Box 1026
Essex, MA 01929
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Greenbelt thanks the photographers whose work is featured prominently on our website: Jerry Monkman, Dorothy Monnelly, Adrian Scholes, David Alden St. Pierre & Neil Ungerleider