Current gifts

Outright gift

Make an outright gift by transferring any of the examples listed on the previous page directly to Western Reserve Land Conservancy.  When you make such a gift, you will receive a letter from the Land Conservancy noting your gift and the amount of your charitable income tax deduction.  You should keep this letter for tax purposes.

Donated conservation easement

A conservation easement is a legal agreement between a landowner and the Land Conservancy that permanently limits development of the land to protect its conservation values. It allows landowners to continue to own and use their property; they can also sell it or pass it on to heirs. Those donating conservation easements may be eligible for a federal income tax deduction, and there may be state and local tax savings as well.

Bargain sale

A bargain sale is a simple agreement where the owner transfers real estate to Western Reserve Land Conservancy for less than the full value of the property.  As the term suggests, a bargain sale has elements of both a sale and a gift.  The sale element is the sales price the owner charges.  The gift element is the difference between the sales price the Land Conservancy is charged and the property’s fair-market value.

Multi-year pledge

Some donors prefer spreading out a gift over a period of years. These recurring gifts, which can be paid annually or scheduled according to your needs, help us fulfill our mission.  For example, a $100,000 pledge might be paid in $20,000 increments over five years or structured to allow payments of different amounts over that same period.  We will work with you to craft a schedule that meets your needs.

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We are happy to work with you to find the giving opportunities that best fit your needs and those of your family.  The gift options included here represent some of the most common means of charitable giving, but there are others you may want to consider.  We encourage you to discuss your giving options with your financial advisor.  In addition, please feel free to ask your financial advisor to contact us at Western Reserve Land Conservancy for more information.