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Planned Giving: Leaving a Wild Legacy

Seeing the Forest for the Trees

Just as healthy forests rely on a diversity of resources, support for an organization comes in many forms, all of which are essential. Annual and monthly gifts are like sunlight and water—they provide steady, reliable income that supports day-to-day functions. Planned gifts are much like soil and bedrock; they are a crucial foundation for long-term health and stability. Planned giving also provides a lasting wilderness legacy for future generations.

The Ancient Forest Society is a growing group of community members who have committed a planned gift to Northeast Wilderness Trust. In making the Wilderness Trust the beneficiary of assets in a will, individual retirement account (IRA), life insurance policy, or charitable gift annuity, you too can leave an enduring legacy of wildness in the Northeast. To learn more, contact Cathleen Maine, Development Director: cathleen [at] or 802.224.1000 ext 105

In 2020, the Wilderness Trust received a generous bequest through an anonymous donor. The power of this gift enabled us to complete several conservation projects, launch an operating endowment, and grow our staff. This planned gift was transformational and ensures a wilder future for nature and people.

If you have included the Wilderness Trust in your planned giving, please reach out so we may thank you and formally welcome you to the Ancient Forest Society.

For more information about making a planned gift, or to let us know you’ve included Northeast Wilderness Trust in your planned giving, contact Cathleen Maine, Development Director, at cathleen [at] or at 802.224.1000 ext. 105.

Thank you, Ancient Forest Society!