Giving Back to the Land You Love

 Your gift today will help Kestrel Land Trust protect thousands of acres of forests -- from Shutesbury and Pelham to Westhampton and Williamsburg -- preserving wooded places for recreation and wildlife habitat AND capturing carbon, a key strategy for slowing climate change. Your gift will also help Kestrel preserve Valley farmland and ensure that it’s farmed forever. Our Valley and our planet need your support! Thank you for your year-end gift.  

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.

Ways to Give

• 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. Please 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 Monica Green at before you make a transfer.

• Give by wire transfer. If you would like to make a gift by wire transfer, please email for instructions.

• Give from your IRA. If you are 70 1/2 or older, you may request that your IRA plan administrator transfer a specific dollar amount (up to $100,000) directly from your account to Kestrel Land Trust. Such a gift will count towards your required minimum distribution for 2016, and can be excluded from your federal gross income resulting in possible tax savings. 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,, for more information about any of these giving options.


Kestrel Land Trust Charitable Gift Contact Information

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

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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