Conserve the Valley You Love Today

 Your gift will help Kestrel Land Trust conserve and care for forests, farms, and riverways in the Pioneer Valley and nurture an enduring love of the land. Your tax-deductible gift goes further when Kestrel leverages it by a factor of 10 with local, state, and federal funds. This year, for example, Kestrel has leveraged more than $3 million in public and private funding to protect 943 acres on the Mount Holyoke Range in perpetuity. Donate today to protect the Valley you love!

Will your employer match your gift? If your company matches employees’ charitable gifts, complete a gift match form for your donation and double your impact on land conservation.



• Give online. Use your credit/debit card or PayPal account to donate on our secure giving page. A receipt will be generated automatically and delivered to you by email. To give online, click here.

• Mail a check. Mail your gift to: Kestrel Land Trust, PO Box 1016, Amherst MA 01004.

• Give securities. Donating stocks that have appreciated since you purchased them may result in a tax savings. Kestrel receives gifts of securities through our account at the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts; the Foundation’s transfer instructions are found here. To ensure that you are credited accurately for your gift, please email before making a transfer.

• Give by wire transfer. To make a gift by wire transfer, please email for instructions.

• Give from your IRA. At this time there is no legislative provision for a 2015 IRA charitable rollover. Nevertheless if you are 70 ½ or older you may request that your plan administrator transfer a specific dollar amount (up to $100,000) directly from your account to Kestrel Land Trust. Such a gift will currently be taxable as a regular withdrawal, but it can count towards your required distribution and you may also be able to take a federal income tax deduction for your charitable gift. If Congress reinstates the IRA charitable rollover retroactively for 2015, you can choose which strategy offers greater benefit. Please notify us if you are making a gift from your IRA; see below for contact information.

• Consider a legacy gift. Planned gifts, many of which offer tax benefits to the donor, are an inspiring way to support land conservation in the Valley and, simultaneously, provide for your own and your family’s financial security. Please click here for more information about planned giving opportunities. 

Thank you for your generous support of land conservation! Please contact Monica Green, Development Director, if you have any questions at


Kestrel Land Trust Charitable Gift Contact Information

Telephone: 413-549-1097      Fax: 413-549-2700

Mailing address: PO Box 1016, Amherst MA 01004

Federal Identification Number: 04-6243236

Kestrel Land Trust is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. Thank you for your contribution.

The information provided here about charitable giving should not be construed as financial, tax or legal advice. Before making your charitable gift, please consult as needed with your financial, legal and other advisors.

How Expensive Is Land Conservation?

Here is a ballpark estimate of how much it costs to protect one acre in the Valley:

1 acre of easily developable farmland: $20,000
1 acre of developable forestland: $5,000
1 acre of backland (no road frontage): $1,000
1 acre of wetland: $500

Thank you for your contribution.


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