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 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!
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!
Donors of $25 or more to the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association can choose to receive a copy of the new book titled “The Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association’s Story: How did they get all that land?” Written by WHPA board members Rosalyn Shaoul and Libby Mills, the book tells the extraordinary story of how the WHPA, founded in 1992, came to encompass nearly 2,100 acres over the next 27 years. The authors conducted research and interviews with the founders and leaders of the organization to document the many land acquisitions that have created our glorious ridgeline reserve. Please add a note requesting a book with your donation, and include your mailing address. Donations for the book will grow our endowment fund to support the stewardship of these protected lands into the future.
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.
Amazon’s Smile program can regularly give a donation to WHPA that is NOT an add-on to your purchase price, but is a donation that will be equivalent to one-half of one percent of your purchase amount…and all at no cost to you. Purchases that generate a donation are generally those bought directly through Amazon, not those bought from one of Amazon’s partners.
If you’re interested in this easy way to send an additional contribution to WHPA without any expense on your part and if you have an Amazon account, go to Smile.Amazon.com and sign in to your account. (You may be linked to it automatically.) On the top bar of the page that opens up, hover over Accounts & Lists. Choose Your Account in the Your Account column. Scroll down to the Shopping programs and rentals box (far right on the second line of big boxes) and click on Change your charity. Find the box entitled Or pick your own charitable organization. Type in Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association. Click on Select. That’s all there is to it, except that you need to remember to sign in to Smile.Amazon.com for your online purchases if you want WHPA to benefit.
Only one beneficiary may be designated at a time, but if you’ve already chosen a charity, you can change or even rotate your chosen organization by simply signing in and following the directions above. It’s that easy to help WHPA and its conservation efforts. We hope you’ll consider supporting Pinnacle in this additional, no-cost way.
For a donation of stocks or securities, please contact [email protected].
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 [email protected].
Members interested in exploring any of these options are invited to contact [email protected].
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:
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?