Driftless Area Land Conservancy

Ways You Can Help

With the generous gifts from our supporters like you, this grassroots effort will continue to be successful. Please consider making a donation today.

Ways You Can Help

Simply click on Donate Now and the Conservancy can accept your cash contribution via credit card through a secure online transaction.
If you would rather send your donation by US Postal Service, print the membership form found below on this page and mail to the Driftless Area Land Conservancy.
This option may be best suited for you if do not wish to leave your land to heirs, no longer use the land, or want to be relieved of management responsibilities. It is important to contact the Conservancy before making this decision. Donations can include all or just a portion of your property. For more information on your land donation see Your Land Legacy. It is possible to donate a property now and retain the right to live on and use the property during your lifetime. This is known as a “reserved life estate.”
A gift of remembrance to the Conservancy is a wonderful way to recognize someone who has made a difference in your life. It is a thoughtful memorial, or a way to honor someone on special occasions, such as birthday, retirement, anniversary or holiday. These gifts are a gratifying way for individuals, organizations, businesses and groups to honor some one while supporting the Conservancy's mission to protect the cherished lands of the Driftless Area. Simply name the Driftless Area Land Conservancy, Inc. for memorials or include the details of the individual you want to honor with your donation.
A bequest is also called a “donation by devise” and transfers ownership of your property to the Conservancy through your will. Simply name the Driftless Area Land Conservancy, Inc. in your will or trust documents. This is a great choice if compensation is not a necessity and you do not want to limit the current use of your land. Suggested Bequest Language: “I give $_________(a specific amount, or alternatively, __________ percent of the residuary of my estate) to the Driftless Area Land Conservancy (tax ID#: 39-2017802), a nonprofit corporation incorporated in the State of Wisconsin and having its principal offices at 206 S. Iowa Street, P.O. Box 323, Dodgeville, WI 53533, for its general purposes.”
It takes skills from all walks of life to sustain a vibrant land conservancy. We need help planning the annual meeting, legal expertise, artists, photographers, writers, evaluating lands, and people who are savvy with websites. Contact the Conservancy for more information on volunteer opportunities.
Click here for our membership form.

Charitable Giving 101

In contemplating support for a nonprofit organization, many people may wonder about the variety of different giving options. The following discussion lays out a variety of approaches for you to consider in supporting nonprofits like Driftless Area Land Conservancy. The Conservancy would like to thank financial expert Rob McCalla for donating his time and expertise for this article.

Leaving money and/or personal property through a will or living trust is a common way of making a “legacy gift”. This approach can appeal to those who are unable to provide support to the Conservancy during their lifetime but want to assure support after their passing.
There are many different ways people can reach their charitable goals while living. The first step is to identify assets you don’t feel will be essential to your future financial needs and consider either gifting them to DALC or selling them outright and gifting the proceeds. Examples include investments (stocks, bonds, mutual funds), retirement savings (IRAs, 401(k)s, 403(b)s), and real estate (undeveloped land, income property, and residential real estate). All are suitable candidates for supporting charitable organizations like the Conservancy.
Yes, it can make quite a difference. The key here is whether or not you would have to pay any taxes upon the sale of the assets. Let’s say you have some stocks and mutual funds that, despite the recent turmoil in the market, are worth more than you have invested in them over time. If you were to sell them, you would have to pay taxes (capital gains or ordinary income tax depending on how long you have held them) on the gain. Depending on your situation you would still be able to take a deduction for your contribution, but the taxes paid would reduce what you could give. On the other hand, if you donate those assets to the Conservancy, we can sell them without taxation and put the full value to work right away. The value of your donation is not reduced by taxes, and you may still be eligible for a significant tax deduction. Obviously, any detailed discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of any of these approaches is something that you should take up with your tax advisor.
Possible advantages to using them for charitable purposes—you just go about it a little differently. Depending on your overall financial situation, you may be able to sell those investments for a loss and deduct that loss against other income or investment gains. In this case, you would sell those investments and make a charitable contribution of the proceeds. Once again, whether or not this makes financial sense for you will depend on your specific financial situation. In this, as with all of these discussions, consulting your tax advisor is the best approach to take.
You have always been able to name a charity (like DALC) as a beneficiary of a retirement account. The advantage to the charity is that they receive their share of the account at your death tax-free and your estate may be eligible for a tax deduction. What is new in the past few years, and will be going away very soon under the current rules, is that you can transfer money—up to $100,000 under current rules—directly from an IRA to a charity if you are over 70 ½ and meet some other requirements. The advantage of this, like other lifetime gifts, is that you get the satisfaction of both knowing your gift has been made and seeing the results in action. There may be additional tax advantages for you as well. As before, consulting your tax advisor, and possibly your attorney, is strongly advised.
Please contact David Clutter, Executive Director of Driftless Area Land Conservancy at 608-930-3252, or by email at dave@driftlessconservancy.org. He will be able to help answer your questions, and work with you to decide the best way for you to support the work of the Conservancy to protect the rural landscape and quality of life in Southwest Wisconsin.