Our mission has never been more important — and we need your help!
More than three decades ago, the idea of preserving enough farmland to make a real difference was just a dream. Since then — with the generous support of our community — we’ve turned that dream into a reality, and we have the opportunity to do so much more.
By preserving farmland, we are investing in our community and shaping the future in a very real and positive way. By preserving farmland, we are leaving a legacy that no one can take away.
Here are a few ways that you can leave your legacy and make a lasting impact on farmland protection in Lancaster County through a contribution to Lancaster Farmland Trust.
SIMPLY GIVE: The strides we’ve made in protecting our farmland are only possible because of the gifts you give today. Whether you commit to a one-time gift, become a ‘Land Steward’ through a monthly gift; or give in honor/memory of a friend or loved one, your contribution is helping Lancaster Farmland Trust to protect the land we love before it’s too late. Donate now!
GIFTS OF INVESTMENTS: Making a gift of stocks, bonds or mutual funds is easy and may provide you with unique tax benefits.
REMEMBERING US IN YOUR WILL OR ESTATE PLANS: When you designate Lancaster Farmland Trust as a beneficiary in your will or estate plans, you ensure that your interest in preserving Lancaster County’s agricultural way of life is realized forever – and you become a member of the Amos Funk Legacy Society. See below for more information on estate planning opportunities.
CORPORATE OPPORTUNITIES: We know that the business and corporate community is committed to protecting the land that provides our community with so many benefits – including economic stability. Our corporate sponsorships provide opportunities for visibility in the community by way of a variety of events and initiatives.
GIVE FROM YOUR IRA: Make Lancaster Farmland Trust the beneficiary of your retirement plan. Or, at age 70.5, you can direct your required minimum distribution to Lancaster Farmland Trust without certain tax obligations.
GIVE THROUGH YOUR WORKPLACE: Give your workplace an opportunity to preserve farmland through a workplace giving campaign. The Trust can design a fund drive tailored for your place of business or organization.
SHOP AMAZON SMILE: Support farmland preservation when you shop on Amazon – at no cost to you. Visit smile.amazon.com and designate Lancaster Farmland Trust as your charity of choice. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate a portion of your purchase to LFT.
Lancaster Farmland Trust’s Tax ID number is: 20-4233446.
In true Lancaster County fashion, Lancaster Farmland Trust is financially efficient. Approximately 90 cents of every dollar contributed goes directly to the cost of preserving farms. Because of the value our community places on teamwork, we depend on volunteers to be active participants in the work we do.
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Planned giving is a way for you to leave the legacy of land protection for future generations of your family and our community by including Lancaster Farmland Trust in your estate plans. Often, it is done in the form of a provision in a will or a charitable trust. Making this gift requires serious thought, beyond simply writing a check.
Planned giving has many benefits:
When you designate Lancaster Farmland Trust as a beneficiary in your estate plans, you ensure that your interest in preserving Lancaster County’s agricultural way of life is realized forever.
Lancaster Farmland Trust established The Amos Funk Legacy Society to recognize supporters who have made the ultimate commitment to farmland preservation in Lancaster County by including Lancaster Farmland Trust in their estate plans. The Society is named after the “father of farmland preservation” and one of Lancaster Farmland Trust’s founders, Amos Funk, who dedicated his life’s work to protecting and sustaining agriculture.
Your legacy can mean that future generations will continue to enjoy our farmland and its benefits as we do today.
If you would like more information, please contact us at 717-687-8484 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have already included Lancaster Farmland Trust in your estate plans, please let us know. We would like to thank you for your generous commitment to our mission.
Because of the value our community places on teamwork, we depend on volunteers to be active participants in the work we do. Get involved with LFT and connect with a neighbor who shares your passion for preserving Lancaster County’s landscape and cultural heritage.
Join a Committee!
Be part of a team that organizes our major fundraising events, builds relationships with donors, reviews land preservation applications, or helps our staff monitor farms around the county. Most Trust committees meet once a month either at our office in Strasburg or at another central location in the county.
Be a Community Leader!
Represent the Trust at community events like Family Farm Days at Oregon Dairy, the Turkey Hill County Classic, or Kitchen Kettle Village’s Rhubarb Festival. Join LFT staff at an information booth at agricultural festivals and seniors’ expositions. Your contribution of time can help us increase our visibility in the community. Informational brochures and newsletters are available for your use.
Contribute your Talents!
Capturing our beautiful, preserved farmland in photographs helps us to tell the story of farmland preservation in our publications and promotional pieces. Enjoy the local scenery and capture it with your camera at your leisure! Photos are also needed of Trust events like Pedal to Preserve and the Annual Dinner.
Lend a Hand!
Join the staff at the Trust office in Strasburg to help with tasks like large mailing projects, filing, or clerical work. The Trust office in Strasburg is in need of year-round gardening help. No skills needed, just a desire to keep things neat and tidy! Plant flowers, pull weeds, trim bushes, spread mulch, and help keep our yard beautiful. Make your own hours.
There are many ways to become part of the Trust team and we always have fun! If you need community service hours for work or for school, we can provide documentation.
Helping to save Lancaster County’s landscape is a rewarding experience. There are lots of ways to contribute to the effort.
Want more information?
Lancaster Farmland Trust is currently registered as a charitable organization in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Ohio. The official registration and financial information of Lancaster Farmland Trust may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State (800) 732-0999; Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (860) 713-6100; Maryland Department of State (410) 974-5521; Attorney General of the State of New Jersey (973) 504-6215; New York Attorney General Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271; Ohio Attorney General (614) 466-3181.