Contribute to the Fox Chapel Area Land Trust
Not everyone has the ability to donate property or easement rights. But you can still share your success and good fortune by making a meaningful contribution to helping us protect and make permanent our existing green space! As such, we welcome contributions above ordinary membership, and as a 50C3 non-profit organization, can accept charitable bequests that are part of your estate legacy planning.
Core Areas Your Support Helps
The FCALT has three core areas where your contributions are exceptionally meaningful to the FCALT.
Day to Day Operations
The first is for assuring that we can, in so many words, maintain ongoing operations. While we are volunteer run, we still require the service of contractors, experts in law and tax, among other expenses that are ongoing. All of that helps us meet our annual Stewardship obligations and comply with the many burdens that government requires of us to maintain nonprofit status in Pennsylvania and the USA.
Additionally, there are the potential added expenses of of defending our property and our owned easements from encroachments. While overwhelmingly we have great relationships with our neighbors and owners with whom we share easement rights, there is always the potential for situations where we must defend our property. Costs can quickly escalate when we're required to hire legal counsel and other consultants. Your contributions help us provide for a secure defense and build a robust endowment war-chest that makes for an excellent deterrent from any who might insist on testing our our organizations resolve to duty.
While we have received numerous outright gift-donations of property, there are many opportunities for us work with a donor who is willing to offer a property or easement at a substantial market discount, but where the property or rights cannot be parted with without partial compensation. For example, farmland that assigns rights to FCALT that forever prevents subdivision, additional construction, or conversion to multi-family structures, loses a portion of its marketable value. With a robust acquisition fund, your contributions can help convince a donor to gift those rights with the FCALT sharing in the cost with the donor! Such opportunities can arise in partnership with local community governments to create parkland. One of our mid-term goals is to build the endowment to include funds specifically targeted for local properties, including the large farmland properties that define our areas' northern borders.
If you are interested in making a donation or would like to learn more, including naming opportunities for a planned annual, community-wide, marquee fundraising event, please reach out to us with the form below!