Join PPLT’s membership base today, or renew your yearly membership! Your yearly donation creates the backbone of recreation and conservation work in this community.
An automatic monthly donation of any amount is the easiest way to show your support! As a Cactus Club member, you’ll sustain PPLT’s efforts year round and avoid annual renewals.
Make a one time contribution to your community’s trails and conservation. You make a difference!
Want to ensure your contribution sustains this work for generations to come? Talk to PPLT about a legacy gift today, and become a PPLT Pioneer.
Cactus Club, our monthly giving program is the easiest way to support Prickly Pear Land Trust. Monthly giving provides a steady flow of support for PPLT’s conservation efforts and reduces fundraising expenses, meaning we can dedicate more energy to conservation and recreation efforts in this community. Win – win! We have a goal of expanding our monthly giving program, Cactus Club, to 200 sustaining members—and we’re already so close! Whether just signing up, or switching your annual membership to Cactus Club, you can help us reach our goal. Enrolling is easy, incentives start at giving levels of $5/month, and there are no renewal notices or paper waste—we care about conservation, after all!
Click here to read our story on two Helena kids giving a portion of their allowance to Cactus Club.
“Preserved open space doesn’t just stay that way if left alone. Active conservation by groups and individuals making a concerted, focused effort is essential for the benefit of all, now & in the future.”
-Mike Johnson, PPLT member
“I am an environmental scientist, a trail runner, and a Mom. Planet preservation is extremely important to me and my family. Thanks for all you do.”
-Perri May, Cactus Club Member
One of the simplest planned giving strategies you can use is to write in your will that you wish to leave a portion of your estate to charity. You can name Prickly Pear Land Trust or any other non-profit and designate a fixed amount, percentage or remainder portion of your estate to the land trust. Cash gifts, life insurance policies, stocks or bonds, or annuities can all be designated. To include Prickly Pear Land Trust in your will, simply incorporate the following suggested language into your will:
“I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath ____ percent of my estate to Prickly Pear Land Trust, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Helena, Montana, for its general use and purpose.”In all cases, we advise that you consult your attorney or tax consultant about how tax benefits may apply to your specific situation. Donations to Prickly Pear Land Trust, a 501(c)(3) charity, are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Our tax identification number is: 81-0506868.
If you have stocks, bonds, mutual funds or index funds that have increased in value substantially, you can give yourself a tax break and support Prickly Pear Land Trust at the same time. By donating the securities to the land trust, you can claim the current market value of the gift and avoid paying capital gains taxes. The land trust receives the immediate financial benefit by selling the security, and will not pay any taxes on it.
You can name Prickly Pear Land Trust as primary beneficiary of your life insurance policy, or as contingent beneficiary should your other beneficiaries not survive you. After your lifetime, the benefits from your policy pass to the land trust free of federal estate tax.The advantages of this type of gift are that you continue to own your policy, you can change your beneficiaries at any time, you remove this asset from your potential gross taxable estate, and you know that you are helping the land trust in the future.
A deferred gift annuity is a contract in which a charity agrees to pay you fixed income for life. In the case of Prickly Pear Land Trust, we work in partnership with the Montana Community Foundation on deferred gift annuities, because the foundation holds our endowment. The annuity contract specifies that you will receive an annual fixed amount of money starting at a specific age (often retirement). The contract names a beneficiary (or beneficiaries), and then names Prickly Pear Land Trust after your beneficiary is deceased. The longer there is between the time the annuity is established and the date of the first payment, the higher the amount the annuity payment will be.
This is a good choice of gift if you:
You give the gift to the Montana Community Foundation and name Prickly Pear Land Trust as the final beneficiary. You choose the year you wish to start receiving income from the annuity. You can claim an immediate one-time federal income tax deduction. Montana residents can also claim a tax credit through the Montana Qualified Endowment Tax Credit for 40 percent of your gift, up to a maximum of $10,000 per person per year.Your gift is invested in the land trust’s endowment. At the chosen date, you begin to receive your payments. After your death, Prickly Pear Land Trust is provided with income in perpetuity.
Please call the land trust office at (406) 442-0490 and ask to speak to Ingrid Lovitt, development manager, or email [email protected]
There are other planned giving options available to you. Please contact us at the office at (406) 442-0490 to learn more.
Information provided on this site is not intended to be tax or legal advice. Please consult with your investment planner or accountant before you make a decision about a charitable gift.
Donating to Prickly Pear Land Trust can be a great way to honor and celebrate important events in the lives of your friends and loved ones. Be it a birthday, a wedding or graduation, oftentimes a gift to a non-profit whose work is important to the honoree can be a perfect fit for “the person who has everything.”When you honor the memory of a loved one and make a memorial gift to Prickly Pear Land Trust, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing your gift will help to provide a lasting legacy of protected open and working agricultural lands as well as help build and expand a treasured local recreational resource in the South Hills Trail System.
Prickly Pear Land Trust’s community events are made possible with the financial support of business sponsors. If you’re interested in sponsoring Don’t Fence Me In or the Harvest Moon Banquet and Auction, just call Breena Buettner, PPLT membership and outreach coordinator, at (406) 442-0490 or e-mail [email protected]. We’re always willing to develop a custom sponsorship if there’s another way you’d like to reach PPLT members, friends, and the broader Helena community!