Ways to Support WHPA

BECOME A MEMBER

If you are not already a member, please join now! Once you are a member, you automatically help satisfy grant requirements for demonstrated general support or support from specific geographic areas. Meanwhile you also become an integral part of our work to conserve this wonderful part of the world.

A LIFETIME membership is only $35.00 and keeps you up to date on our programs and projects via our semi-annual newsletter (click here for past editions). To become a member, click the "membership" button above or, if you prefer, print out and mail in your membership application today!

MAKE A DONATION

ANNUAL FUND

In addition to your membership, which documents broad support for our work when we apply for grants, we would not survive without your donations. Your yearly support for our volunteer-run organization provides for office and field supplies, trail signage and improvements, communications and maps, filing and surveying fees, taxes, and other expenses that enable us to protect the land that is a vital resource for people, plants, and animals.

WHPA is an IRS 501 (c)(3) corporation, and your contribution qualifies for both federal and state tax donations. To make a donation click on the "donate" button above, or print and mail the donation form. Thank you very much!

SPECIAL CAMPAIGNS

Land acquisition or large restoration projects often require special campaigns that are limited to a specific sum or time period.  From time to time, you may see information about a special campaign listed here, along with the opportunity to earmark your contribution to a special effort.

GIFTS OF STOCK OR SECURITIES

For a donation of stocks or securities, please contact whpa@sover.net.

CONSIDER PLANNED GIVING

Thanks to a partnership with the Vermont Community Foundation [VCF], WHPA members can now make gifts that support the Association’s work while gaining income and tax advantages.  Planned giving is a way of supporting non-profits, such as the Pinnacle Association, in many different ways: 

  • bequest,
  • including WHPA as a beneficiary on a life insurance policy or retirement account,
  • charitable gift annuities (CGAs), or
  • charitable remainder trusts (CRTs).

Charitable gift annuities make fixed payments, starting either when the gift is made (an immediate-payment gift annuity) or at a later date (a deferred or flexible gift annuity).  Charitable remainder unitrusts and annuity trusts are individually managed trusts that pay the beneficiaries either a fixed percentage of trust income or a fixed dollar amount.

While some planned gifts, such as charitable gift annuities, provide lifelong income to the donor, others use estate- and tax-planning techniques to provide for charity and other heirs in ways that maximize the gift and/or minimize its impact on the donor's estate.

What are the tax benefits of planned gifts?

  • Donors can contribute appreciated property, like securities or real estate, receive a charitable deduction for the full market value of the asset, and pay no capital gains tax on the transfer.
  • Donors who establish a life-income gift receive a tax deduction for the full, fair market value of the assets contributed, minus the present value of the income interest retained.  If they fund their gift with appreciated property, they pay no upfront capital gains tax on the transfer.
  • Gifts payable to charity upon the donor’s death, like a bequest or a beneficiary designation in a life insurance policy or retirement account, do not generate a lifetime income tax deduction for the donor, but they are exempt from estate tax.

Members interested in exploring any of these options are invited to contact Rick Cowan by phone at 802-869-1681 or by email at whpa@sover.net.

The successful Pinnacle Cabin Renovation Campaign in 2016 enabled some very serious repairs to the iconic shelter at WHPA’s most famous overlook.  The resulting building is better in so many ways and eager for people to visit and enjoy it.  Before and after pictures of the work may be found here, along with a history of the place and acknowledgment of the generous donors and volunteers who made its preservation and improvements possible.

The successful Pinnacle Cabin Renovation Campaign in 2016 enabled some very serious repairs to the iconic shelter at WHPA’s most famous overlook.  The resulting building is better in so many ways and eager for people to visit and enjoy it.  Before and after pictures of the work may be found here, along with a history of the place and acknowledgment of the generous donors and volunteers who made its preservation and improvements possible. Read more about that project here.

Love at the Pinnacle

Love at the Pinnacle

IRA ROLLOVER OR RMD DISTRIBUTION

Under the 2015 Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act [PATH], the IRA Charitable Rollover is extended permanently. As a result, you or your spouse (if over age 70 1/2) can authorize your IRA/Roth custodian or plan administrator to make a qualified charitable distribution directly to WHPA, and that tax-free donation can count toward your Required Minimum Distribution [RMD]. Please note that if you take the distribution yourself and then gift it or direct the distribution through a donor advised fund, the amount will count as taxable income. For more information, please contact Rick Cowan at 802-869-1681 or whpa@sover.net.

Clearing the trail.

Clearing the Trail