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Avalonia relies on donated funds to fulfill our conservation mission. Although we routinely apply for and are awarded public and private grants toward land acquisition, generous individual and corporate donations are still vitally important; they enable us to meet at least half of our operating expenses.

All but a small percentage of funds are applied directly to the preservation and maintenance of Avalonia’s preserves and to the education of the public about the importance of open space. Many also use sites like GoFundMe to help raise these funds before donating to our cause. Likewise, your gift enables you to participate in land conservation and get the satisfaction of knowing that your actions are promoting environmental protection.

All donations to Avalonia, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, in cash or in kind, are tax-deductible to the extent permissible by law.

Read our General Appeal 2023

What’s the difference between a donation and a pledge?

A donation is a one-time tax-deductible cash gift; a pledge is a promise of a gift or several gifts allotted over time. Pledges let us know how much money we can count on, help us qualify for a conservation bridge loan, and help us get matching grants.

Matching Programs

*In order to complete some matching gift applications, you will need our EIN: 06-6103893.

Employers with matching programs:

  • ACE
  • Aetna
  • Alexion
  • AllianceBernstein L.P.
  • Amica
  • Arch
  • Arthur J Gallagher
  • AT&T
  • Bank of America
  • BNY Mellon
  • Charter Oak Federal Credit Union
  • CIGNA Corp
  • Compass Group Management
  • Deuche Bank
  • Dominion
  • Ensign-Bickford
  • Eversource
  • ExxonMobil
  • GE
  • General Re Corp.
  • IBM
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • KX Technologies, LLC
  • Macy’s Inc.
  • Mobil
  • Pfizer
  • Prudential
  • Regeneron
  • Schneider Electric/ Square D
  • Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
  • Travelers Insurance Company
  • UBS
  • United Technologies
  • The Walt Disney Company

Donor Advised Funds

Donor-advised funds are quickly gaining popularity with donors who maximize their giving. By establishing a donor-advised fund, donors can make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax-deduction, and make donations to their favorite non-profit organizations over time.

Avalonia works with multiple donor-advised fund organizations and are extremely familiar with the process of receiving donor-advised funds and the applicable IRS regulations. Grants made to Avalonia through a donor-advised fund can be directed to use wherever the need is greatest or to a specific area of interest – Acquisition, Stewardship, Endowment, or Operating.

Avalonia’s tax ID number is 06-6103893. For more information, please contact or 860-884-3500.

Planned Giving

A planned gift makes a difference in both the natural world and your community. Look at the options summarized below, then talk with your financial and/or legal advisor to ask what’s right for you.

Unrestricted giving: Avalonia decides where your gift is most needed; provides an immediate benefit and can include cash, securities or non-conservation assets.

Restricted giving: Choose Avalonia’s Bedrock Fund which covers acquisition and transaction costs or the Stewardship Endowment to maintain and defend (legal) our lands.

Bequests: can be made through a Will or a Revocable Living Trust to receive an estate tax deduction.

Qualified Charitable Distribution: 70 ½ or older? Make distributions from an IRA directly to Avalonia to avoid taxes.

Gifts of life insurance: Make Avalonia the beneficiary of your policy or transfer ownership to Avalonia.

Charitable Remainder Trust: provides fixed distributions to one or more beneficiaries for life; the remainder paid to Avalonia.

Charitable Lead Trust: provides annual distributions to Avalonia for a term or life; the remainder paid to a non-charity beneficiary.

Charitable Gift Annuity: Make a contribution to Avalonia; annual payments back to you from Avalonia.

Donations are tax deductible to the extent permissible under the law, and we cannot be your advisor, but if conserving our environment is a priority for you, email us at

Thinking About Donating Your Land?

Land donations are tax deductible to the extent permissible under the law, and though we cannot be your advisor, if a land donation is a priority for you, email us at


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