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The Conservation Fund has the distinction of being one of the nation’s Top-Rated land conservation organizations. Our efficiency is a hallmark of who we are. Over 90% of our expenses go towards program activities which support our mission.

For our efforts, we have achieved Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency, are rated A+ by Charity Watch, and have earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar.

The Fund is also nationally recognized for going beyond financial metrics to meet the highest standards of effectiveness in achieving results. We have been awarded accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission for demonstrating the quality of our work and the permanent results of our conservation efforts.  
 
Our work is made possible with generous support from individuals, foundations, corporations and government agencies. Our commitment to accountability and donor transparency remains a cornerstone of our operations. We strive to earn the highest charity rankings so that you know we will use your investment efficiently and effectively. Thank you for your support.

Online Activities

Give OnlineTurn your shopping list into a force for good! Shop with AmazonSmile and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases. Or, set up a fundraiser through Facebook and let’s protect nature together!

Donor Advised Funds

Give MonthlyDo you have a Donor Advised Fund? If so, click here to easily direct grants to The Conservation Fund from your DAF (as long as your DAF's sponsoring organization is participating).

Give By Mail

Give By MailPrefer to send a check? Please mail a gift form with your check to: The Conservation Fund, 1655 North Fort Myer Drive, Suite 1300, Arlington, VA 22209.

Workplace Giving

Workplace Giving
Many companies have matching gift programs that support employee giving. Check if your company has a matching gift program and increase your impact! Additionally, Federal employees can give through the Combined Federal Campaign. Click here for more information on how to get started.

Plan Your Legacy

Plan Your Conservation LegacyDesignating a planned gift is a flexible way to provide a legacy of protection for America’s outdoor heritage. No matter your financial circumstances or charitable goals, there are options to meet your needs. Go to our Planned Giving page for more information.

Gift of Stock

Gift of StockDonations of appreciated stocks, bonds and mutual funds may have additional tax advantages. Transfers can be made directly from your brokerage account to The Conservation Fund’s. Please download the Securities Transfer Request Form.

Real Estate

Real EstateOur experts in real estate markets, portfolio management and tax policies will help you convert real estate—land, homes and commercial buildings—into capital for conservation. For more information, contact Scott Tison by email or (703) 908-5816.

Start a Fundraiser

Start a Fundraiser Do you have a special occasion coming up? Ask your friends, family and community to support the work you’re passionate about. We have the tools you need to ensure your fundraising success. Create a special fundraiser page here.

Tribute and Honor Giving

Tribute and Honor GivingWhen you give the gift of nature, you’re giving a gift that will last for generations. Honoring a family member, friend, or colleague with a gift is a touching way to pay tribute to that loved one or recognize their special occasion. Make a tribute gift online or by mail.
A planned gift to The Conservation Fund is a flexible and creative way to give charitably while meeting your personal, family or financial goals. Creating a legacy gift can be an especially meaningful way to help The Conservation Fund continue to build parks, conserve open space, protect wildlife habitat, and more. No matter your financial circumstances and charitable goals, there are planned giving options available to meet your needs:

Bequests

The most popular and easiest method of leaving a legacy gift is to include The Conservation Fund in your will or living trust. Your assets remain in your control during your lifetime and you can modify your bequest at any time. This offers you great flexibility as you plan for the legacy you want to leave behind. Please consult our Sample Bequest Language.

Charitable Gift Annuities

With a Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA), you can support the work of The Conservation Fund now while retaining secure, fixed payments for life. A CGA accomplishes two goals—preserving the landscapes you cherish through a gift to The Conservation Fund and retaining income through fixed payments to you and/or your loved ones. You may also receive an immediate income tax deduction.

CGAs to The Conservation Fund can be funded with cash or appreciated assets valued at $10,000 or more by persons age 65 or older. Charitable gift annuity rates depend on your age when you make the gift. Contact us for current rates and deductions.

Try our online gift annuity calculator to estimate your annuity payments and tax deductions. You can explore a variety of immediate-payment gift annuity options privately, by entering your basic information, customizing your figures, and changing your options at any time.



Life Insurance Designations

Making a beneficiary designation through your life insurance plan is an easy and affordable way to support the work of The Conservation Fund. By naming The Conservation Fund as the beneficiary of an individual or group term life insurance policy, the benefits from your policy pass to us free of federal estate tax after your lifetime.

Retirement Plan Gifts

Naming The Conservation Fund as the beneficiary of your IRA, 401k or other qualified retirement plan is a simple and tax-efficient way to benefit nature. These assets are subject to two taxes when left to heirs other than your spouse. When left to a qualified charity such as The Conservation Fund, the residue of your plan passes on to The Conservation Fund tax-free, avoiding both the estate tax and income tax.

Sample Bequest Language


“I give The Conservation Fund, a Nonprofit Corporation, incorporated in Maryland, and having its principal offices at 1655 North Fort Myer Drive, Suite 1300, Arlington, VA 22209, the sum of $ __________ (or alternately, _____ percent of the residuary of my estate), for its general purposes to protect the nation’s land and water resources.”

(Please note: Each state has its own particular rules that are to be applied to planned giving documents, and because the requirements for the gift to take effect vary depending on where you reside now or in the future, we strongly recommend that you have appropriate language drafted by an estate planning professional. The language we set out above is merely an example of language that has worked in prior situations, but might not for your circumstances; thus we do encourage you to consult with a lawyer or CPA who can be sure your intentions are given effect as you wish. We thank you again for your generosity.)

The Conservation Fund’s tax identification number is: 52-1388917.

 

Conservation takes teamwork. Our Cornerstone Society is a special group of individual donors who have invested long-term in our conservation efforts by making gifts of $500 or more for five years or longer.

Through generous and sustained giving, these donors have become the cornerstone of The Conservation Fund’s success, enabling us to protect America’s favorite places every day. To celebrate the impact these donors continue to make, we created our Cornerstone Society. Together, we can save—and enhance—the places you love.

Won’t you join us? 

To acknowledge your special commitment as a member of the Cornerstone Society, we will recognize you in the following ways:

  • If desired, mention on our web site.
  • Invitations to visit project sites that you have helped to protect.
  • Personal visits from a member of our senior staff.
  • Special annual mailings highlighting the Cornerstone Society's impact. 

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The Conservation Fund is up for the challenge. For over three decades, we’ve rolled up our sleeves and done the hard work, protecting over 8.5 million acres and creating positive economic outcomes in communities all across America. And as we look ahead, we will continue moving conservation forward.

But our work would not be possible without our donors. Supporters like you are the backbone of our organization. Together we form a large network that prioritizes a better future. The projects featured below are a testament to that.

As the demand for smart, innovative conservation increases, let’s continue to come together to meet the challenge. We hope you’ll choose to join us on the journey.

A BIG Win for a Significant Forest

MN Heritage Image 2021Northern Minnesota’s forests are spectacular and wild, and they hold amazing conservation opportunities within. Our work at Minnesota’s Heritage Forest is ensuring future wildlife habitat, climate resiliency, sustainable economic and recreation activities. Learn more and see the forest’s beauty here.

A 100-Year-Old Community Treasure Remains

Longs Garden Image 2021For years, there was immense pressure to develop Long’s Garden, a unique, urban farmland in Boulder. We recognized the importance of this farm to the community and wildlife and helped find a solution that works for everyone and protects the farm’s future. Check out this story and view more photos here.

Forever Told: A Piece of the Underground Railroad’s Story

Mifflin House Image 2021The Mifflin House and property hold an unparalleled opportunity to continue uplifting the story of the Underground Railroad. Learn more here about our efforts to protect this historic site and hear from Katherine Anderson, a descendant of Robert Loney, about the site’s importance to her family and our nation.

A Pit-Stop for a Tiny, But Mighty Bird

Misspillion Harbor Image 2021For many years, the shores of Delaware’s Mispillion Harbor were privately owned and at risk of habitat-harming development, which would have greatly impacted the migration of the Red Knot. Learn and see more about this project and how we’ve helped ensure a safe landing spot for generations to come.

A Legacy of Ranching

Santa Rita Ranch 2021When the Santa Rita Ranch came up for sale, fears of development loomed. Protecting a pristine property of this size is a rare and major win for conservation along California’s rapidly developing Central Coast. Learn more and the ranch and see even more photos of this property here.

Growing Strong in Atlanta, Georgia

Working Farms Fund Image 2021We launched our Working Farms Fund pilot program in Atlanta, Georgia, last year. It supports a younger and more diverse generation of farmers by strengthening local food systems and protecting valuable farmland from development. Hear directly from farmers themselves about the program’s significance here.

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But there is hope. For more than three decades, The Conservation Fund has focused on tangible long-term strategies that achieve both environmental and economic benefits. This year, we celebrated our 35th anniversary, and despite the adversities that we faced in 2020, we know there are fundamental values that still ring true for all of us: we all need access to nature; we all need an economy that supports the natural environment; and we all need thriving and healthy communities. At The Conservation Fund, we are here to help.

As we embark on the next 35 years and beyond, we hope you’ll join us. Let’s continue to create positive results that last forever.

 

An Urgent Opportunity

Saving Exceptional Forests

In 1998, we jumped at the opportunity to purchase and protect nearly 300,000 acres of rich forests in the Northeast. That successful project launched a program that continues to protect America’s rapidly disappearing working forests. Read about one recent project here.

Success In South Texas

Increasing Access

Over the last several decades, we’ve protected 40,000 acres in South Texas. These lands act as a vital coastal buffer against sea level rise and provide habitat to some of the rarest species in the state. Learn more here.

Thinking Ahead for Greenspaces

Conservation isn’t just needed in expansive wild spaces; our local neighborhoods provide critical greenspaces, too. Since 2003, we’ve worked closely with the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan, to protect the critical agricultural and natural infrastructure both inside and outside of the city. Learn more.

Helping Communities Thrive

Helping Small Farmers

In North Carolina, our Resourceful Communities program took root in 1991 with a big vision: to help struggling communities utilize their rich natural resources. Our unique approach to community partnership has helped many communities thrive! Read more.

A Decades-Long Vision

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Thirty years ago, we set out to permanently protect more than 65,000 acres of private ranches in the Navajo River watershed in Colorado. Fast forward to earlier this year when we protected the final piece of this decades-long effort! Read more

 
Building A New Farming Reality

Helping Small Farmers

Earlier this year, we set out to address the loss of millions of acres of farmland in and around our cities. We’re focusing first in Atlanta, Georgia, and helping to strengthen farming communities around the city. Learn more.

A Natural Climate Solution

Helping Small Farmers

In 2001, we partnered with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and launched a pioneering flood management program in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The program protects and restores natural lands around the city to provide a buffer area where potential floodwaters can be absorbed. Learn more.

Give the Gift of Nature!

Helping Small FarmersMake a donation in honor of a friend of family member and you can send them a free card via email. What better way to let someone know you care about them AND the outdoors? 



 




FAQ

What is a donor advised fund?
A donor advised fund (DAF) is a charitable giving program that allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to support your favorite causes. If you have a donor advised fund, DAF Direct enables you to recommend grants to this nonprofit directly from your DAF (as long as your DAF's sponsoring organization is participating).

I have a Donor Advised Fund—how do I give to The Conservation Fund?
Recommend grants to The Conservation Fund whenever you wish to make a gift. If your DAF is with Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable or BNY Mellon, you can use the widget above to sign into your account. We advise entering The Conservation Fund’s employer identification number (EIN) 52-1388917 when searching any DAF charity database.

What can my donor-advised fund do for The Conservation Fund?
Like every other gift to The Conservation fund, a gift made through a DAF will protect land and create economic and environmental solutions for communities across the country. To date, The Conservation Fund has protected over 8 million acres in all 50 states. Help us keep protecting more!   
 

Matching Gifts

Your gift to The Conservation Fund may be eligible for a corporate match from your employer! How do you know if your gift qualifies? Check below to see if your company has a matching gift program; there are over 20,000 programs within this database! If your company has a program, it will direct you to any forms, guidelines or instructions you will need to submit a matching gift request. Can’t find your company? Don’t worry! You can still check with your Human Resources department to see if there is a matching program where you work.

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Matching gifts are a great way to make your generous gift go even further and help us protect even more nature. We are so grateful to you for taking this extra step and supporting our conservation work in this way!

Information you may need

Organization Name: The Conservation Fund
Employer Identification Number (EIN): 52-1388917
Address: 1655 Fort Myer Drive, Suite 1300, Arlington, VA 22209

America’s Charites and Workplace Giving

Many companies have workplace giving programs that include donations through payroll deduction. This is an easy and great way to meet your philanthropic goals and help protect our country’s communities, lands and waterways.

Ask your HR department if it has a program set up or if your workplace participates in America’s Charities. If you are a Federal or Postal employee/retiree, or military personnel, click here to donate through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Our CFC# is 10630. If you work for a state government or municipal agency, please contact your HR department for a link to your donation portal.
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By the Numbers:
The Conservation Fund has the lowest overhead and highest programmatic investment of any environmental charity in America. That means we put more of your money in the ground than anyone else. 96 cents of every dollar goes directly into conservation!


With your support, we are finding the best conservation solutions to protect land, water, and wildlife, create jobs, and make communities more vibrant.

Whether you like the challenge of a multiday hike in the vast wilderness or find an afternoon at a neighborhood park to be more your speed, nature comes in all shapes and sizes. With nature all around us, it’s easy to take it for granted. But the natural, historic and cultural lands we love need permanent protection. Without committed donors like you, our work to protect places that matter would not be possible.
                                                                        

Online Activities

Online Activities

Give OnlineTurn your shopping list into a force for good! Shop with AmazonSmile and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases. Or, set up a fundraiser through Facebook and let’s protect nature together!

Donor Advised Funds

Donor Advised Funds

Give MonthlyDo you have a Donor Advised Fund? If so, click here to easily direct grants to The Conservation Fund from your DAF (as long as your DAF's sponsoring organization is participating).

Give By Mail

Give By Mail

Give By MailPrefer to send a check? Please mail a gift form with your check to: The Conservation Fund, 1655 North Fort Myer Drive, Suite 1300, Arlington, VA 22209.

Workplace Giving

Workplace Giving

Workplace Giving
Many companies have matching gift programs that support employee giving. Check if your company has a matching gift program and increase your impact! Additionally, Federal employees can give through the Combined Federal Campaign. Click here for more information on how to get started.

Plan Your Legacy

Plan Your Legacy

Plan Your Conservation LegacyDesignating a planned gift is a flexible way to provide a legacy of protection for America’s outdoor heritage. No matter your financial circumstances or charitable goals, there are options to meet your needs. Go to our Planned Giving page for more information.

Gift of Stock

Gift of Stock

Gift of StockDonations of appreciated stocks, bonds and mutual funds may have additional tax advantages. Transfers can be made directly from your brokerage account to The Conservation Fund’s. Please download the Securities Transfer Request Form.

Real Estate

Real Estate

Real EstateOur experts in real estate markets, portfolio management and tax policies will help you convert real estate—land, homes and commercial buildings—into capital for conservation. For more information, contact Scott Tison by email or (703) 908-5816.

Start a Fundraiser

Start a Fundraiser

Start a Fundraiser Do you have a special occasion coming up? Ask your friends, family and community to support the work you’re passionate about. We have the tools you need to ensure your fundraising success. Create a special fundraiser page here.

Tribute and Honor Giving

Tribute and Honor Giving

Tribute and Honor GivingWhen you give the gift of nature, you’re giving a gift that will last for generations. Honoring a family member, friend, or colleague with a gift is a touching way to pay tribute to that loved one or recognize their special occasion. Make a tribute gift online or by mail.
We hope you enjoy learning more about how you can help make a difference. A gift to the Fund is a great investment, benefiting our communities, our economy, and America’s lands. No matter what inspires you to give today, you can trust that The Conservation Fund will put your donation into action, creating lasting results for nature and for people. Please consider a gift today.

DONATE TODAY

Stay connected to our work by keeping up with our latest news. You also can hear directly from our staff and partners about how we are redefining conservation across the U.S. when you read our Blog.

 

Online Activities

Online Activities

Online Activities

Give OnlineTurn your shopping list into a force for good! Shop with AmazonSmile and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases. Or, set up a fundraiser through Facebook and let’s protect nature together!

Donor Advised Funds

Donor Advised Funds

Donor Advised Funds

Give MonthlyDo you have a Donor Advised Fund? If so, click here to easily direct grants to The Conservation Fund from your DAF (as long as your DAF's sponsoring organization is participating).

Give By Mail

Give By Mail

Give By Mail

Give By MailPrefer to send a check? Please mail a gift form with your check to: The Conservation Fund, 1655 North Fort Myer Drive, Suite 1300, Arlington, VA 22209.

Workplace Giving

Workplace Giving

Workplace Giving

Workplace Giving
Many companies have matching gift programs that support employee giving. Check if your company has a matching gift program and increase your impact! Additionally, Federal employees can give through the Combined Federal Campaign. Click here for more information on how to get started.

Plan Your Legacy

Plan Your Legacy

Plan Your Legacy

Plan Your Conservation LegacyDesignating a planned gift is a flexible way to provide a legacy of protection for America’s outdoor heritage. No matter your financial circumstances or charitable goals, there are options to meet your needs. Go to our Planned Giving page for more information.

Gift of Stock

Gift of Stock

Gift of Stock

Gift of StockDonations of appreciated stocks, bonds and mutual funds may have additional tax advantages. Transfers can be made directly from your brokerage account to The Conservation Fund’s. Please download the Securities Transfer Request Form.

Real Estate

Real Estate

Real Estate

Real EstateOur experts in real estate markets, portfolio management and tax policies will help you convert real estate—land, homes and commercial buildings—into capital for conservation. For more information, contact Scott Tison by email or (703) 908-5816.

Start a Fundraiser

Start a Fundraiser

Start a Fundraiser

Start a Fundraiser Do you have a special occasion coming up? Ask your friends, family and community to support the work you’re passionate about. We have the tools you need to ensure your fundraising success. Create a special fundraiser page here.

Tribute and Honor Giving

Tribute and Honor Giving

Tribute and Honor Giving

Tribute and Honor GivingWhen you give the gift of nature, you’re giving a gift that will last for generations. Honoring a family member, friend, or colleague with a gift is a touching way to pay tribute to that loved one or recognize their special occasion. Make a tribute gift online or by mail.

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