The Harpswell Heritage Land Trust depends on the generosity of its members and other supporters to meet its expenses, manage its preserves, monitor its easements, sponsor its programs and events, and undertake new projects.
Annual Membership contributions provide over 90% of our general operations budget.
Special Places Fund contributions pay the direct costs of new conservation and preservation projects and help finance new acquisitions and general capital needs.
Stewardship Fund contributions provide the endowment from which the direct costs of stewardship are met.
Community Gardens Fund contributions support the direct costs of our Community Gardens Program.
Capital Campaigns are initiated whenever the Trust undertakes a major acquisition or project. The Trust also depends upon volunteers to help accomplish many of its tasks. For example, the trails at the McIntosh Lot, Long Reach, and Skolfield Shore Preserves were built in large part by our volunteers. Trust mailings would not get out without the help of our volunteers. Please consider becoming a member, making a contribution to one of our restricted funds or our current Capital Campaign, and/or volunteering to help the Trust with your time, energy and skills.
The Trust is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions to the Trust are tax-deductible.Ways of Giving
Gifts of Cash may be taken as charitable deductions for tax purposes. Large gifts may need to be deducted over more than one year under IRS rules.
Gifts of Securities can yield an enhanced tax benefit; the full market value of the securities on the date of the gift may be used for income tax deduction purposes, and gifts allow the donor to avoid potential capital gains taxes that would be imposed if the securities were simply sold.
Gifts of Land for non-conservation purposes which can be sold or traded by HHLT to further its conservation work can also yield an enhanced tax benefit. As with securities, the value of the land at the time of the gift may be used for income tax deduction purposes and allow the donor to avoid potential capital gains taxes that would be imposed if the land were simply sold.