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(photo courtesy of Beth Sullivan)

Avalonia relies to a large extent upon donated funds to fulfill our mission of conservation. While we do apply for, and have had considerable success in obtaining grant funding, we remain heavily dependent upon individual and corporate donations to meet our operating expenses. We are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and all donations, in cash or in kind, are tax-deductible to the extent permissible by law.

Are you over age 70 1/2?

Do you have an IRA?
Want to lower your taxable income and help Avalonia at the same time?
The new tax law still allows qualified charitable distributions which lets people older than 70 1/2 transfer up to $100,000 from their IRA to a charity each year. It counts towards the required minimum distribution without being added to adjusted gross income. This can be done even if you no longer itemize. Contact your financial advisor or the institution that holds your IRA as the gift must be made directly from the custodian – not the individual.

AmazonSmile – Do you know you can donate to Avalonia with every purchase you make on Amazon? Join the Amazon Smile program, and 0.5% of every purchase will be donated to Avalonia Land Conservancy. Just navigate to, search for Avalonia, and select us as your charitable organization.


Interested in Donating Land?

If you are interested in donating land, please contact us at 860-884-3500 or Your tax advisor will be able to explain the possible financial advantages to you of such a donation. If you are considering leaving land to Avalonia in your will, please let us know. We would like to honor your generosity in your lifetime, and our legal counsel can provide the appropriate wording for your will to ensure that your interests and those of your heirs are protected, and your wishes are respected.

How We Can Help You

The land you give to ALC will be conserved, preserved, and protected forever. The value of adjacent property will be enhanced by the assurance that ALC-held land will never be developed.

You may be able to deduct the value of your gift of land on your Federal Income Tax Return or from your estate. ALC retains 501(c) (3) tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service. Land held by ALC is not taxable in the State of Connecticut.

An ALC director from your town will be happy to meet with you to discuss the financial and technical aspects of a land donation. You may also wish to consult your own financial and legal advisors. An acquisition committee will review your offer and evaluate your land for inclusion in the Conservancy’s holding. Avalonia has a strong commitment to protect the conservation purposes of a donation and has the resources to enforce the restrictions.

For more information contact ALC at (860) 884-3500 or write to: Avalonia LandConservancy, Inc. P.O. Box 49 Old Mystic, CT 06372
or email us at

How You Can Help

You may own woodlands, fields, and streams that you love and want to maintain in their natural state. Your gift of this land to the Avalonia Land Conservancy will increase ALC’s holdings and add to the permanently
protected area in your neighbor-hood. Your gift may be the catalyst that stimulates your neighbors to protect some of their land, thus creating a “green belt” or a larger, more significant sanctuary for wildlife.

Your land may contain swamps, marshes, ledges, and other wetland areas that are unsuitable for development. Such places provide excellent habitats for wildlife and protection for brooks and streams. ALC is interested in protecting these areas, as well as a variety of upland habitats, including woodlands and

Your membership or gift of financial support assists ALC in achieving its goals. All funds are applied directly to the ALC’s purposes to preserve and maintain its preserves and to educate the public about the importance of open space. Your support as a member and volunteer gives you the opportunity to participate in the work of ALC. In return, you have the satisfaction of knowing that you are a vital element in ALC’s important environmental work.

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