Connecting Land and People

Annual Membership

Your yearly donation creates the backbone of conservation, land protection, and recreation work in south central Montana.

Cactus Club Monthly Giving

Support our work with an automatic monthly donation and receive great perks.

Legacy Gifts

You can play a direct role in ensuring that our work to protect and steward open spaces that connect our community continues well beyond our lifetimes.

IRA and Stock Gifts

Gifts of stock or IRA distributions are a great way to receive a charitable deduction on your income taxes.

Cactus Club Monthly Giving

Become a part of the community that supports our work throughout the seasons. By making a pledge for a recurring monthly donation, you are helping build a sustainable, consistent base of support for our work to protect and steward the landscapes, water, wildlife, recreation and agricultural heritage of west-central Montana. No monthly Cactus Club gift is too small to make a difference. Cactus Club starts at $5 per month and great perks start at just $10/month.

Annual Membership

Your Membership donation creates the backbone of conservation, land protection, and recreation work in west-central Montana. Your donation to Prickly Pear Land Trust goes directly to creating connections between land and people that support the enhancement and restoration of conservation values of strategically identified lands.

Our work in the South Hills, in the greater Missouri watershed, and on waterways like Tenmile, Sevenmile and Prickly Pear Creek is strategic, focused and effective—and it is possible only with the generous support of people like you. Thank you for your support.

Legacy, Endowment, and Planned Giving

You can play a direct role in ensuring that our work to protect and steward open spaces continues now, and for future generations.

Your legacy gift can be either dedicated to general support, or restricted to our Endowment, a revolving capital fund utilized time and time again for decades to come. Because Prickly Pear Land Trust is recognized as a tax-deductible 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, any bequest you make will be 100% deductible, thus reducing the size of your taxable estate for federal and state estate tax purposes.

IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution

The Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) allows you to make a direct distribution from your IRA account to support Prickly Pear Land Trust. If you are 70½ or older, you may transfer up to $100,000 from your IRA to Prickly Pear Land Trust directly. These gifts are not taxable and qualify toward your required minimum distribution at age 72 or greater.

Gifts made from your IRA are not reportable as taxable income. At age 72 or greater your gift distribution qualifies toward your required minimum distribution (RMD) for the calendar year, which may lower your income tax burden. (Note: The RMD requirement has been waived for 2020)

Key IRA QCD Requirements:

Please contact Ingrid Lovitt, Development Manager, if you would like to be acknowledged for the gift. The transfer of your IRA distribution must be made directly by your plan administrator to Prickly Pear Land Trust by December 31 to qualify for that tax year.

For further information,please contact Ingrid Lovitt, Development Manager (406) 442-0490 or via email.

This information is not intended as financial or legal advice. Please consult with your own personal tax advisor for advice and further details.

Stocks, Bonds, or Mutual Fund Gifts

Gifts of stock have many benefits and are a great way to receive a charitable deduction on your income taxes. Your donation of marketable securities can have an immediate impact on Prickly Pear Land Trust projects while providing an income tax deduction based on their current value. And, because there is no capital gains tax when you make the gift, you save on taxes twice.

Prickly Pear Land Trust can work directly with your broker to facilitate your gift, and you will enjoy all the benefits of being a member of Prickly Pear Land Trust.

Real Estate or Personal Property Gifts

A gift of real estate, land, a primary residence or a vacation home, can go a long way to help Prickly Pear Land Trust. Donors can be individuals, partnerships or corporations. You can also use real estate to establish planned gifts that can provide you, a spouse or a relative with lifetime income as well as tax deductions.

Real estate, which can be used for either an outright or planned gift, can offer favorable tax benefits. Real estate gifts are reviewed by a committee of the Board of Directors to assure they will be usable by Prickly Pear Land Trust. Gifts of real estate are generally sold to help fund our conservation work.

Your gift will qualify for the largest charitable income tax deduction: the full, fair market value of the property. This deduction can be taken up to 30% of your adjusted gross income and any excess can be carried over for five years. If the property has appreciated in value, you can avoid any capital gains taxes that would be due if you were to sell the property.
For more information or questions about real estate gifts please contact Ingrid Lovitt, Development Manager (406) 442-0490 or via email.

PERSONAL PROPERTY
Giving personal property such as equipment or works of art is yet another way to help Prickly Pear Land Trust. These gifts are reviewed for approval by a committee of the Board of Directors to assure they will be usable by Prickly Pear Land Trust.

Memorials & Tributes

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.

Corporate Sponsorship

Prickly Pear Land Trust’s community events are made possible with the financial support of business sponsors. If you’re interested in sponsoring the Don’t Fence Me In Trail Run or the Harvest Moon Banquet and Auction, please email us.

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 Montana community!

“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

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