Giving to The Last Green Valley

Please join us in celebrating the undeveloped and historic character of this emerald green island of farms, fields and forests, hills and rivers in the midst of the East Coast’s urban sprawl.

We are grateful for your support, and we promise to use your dollars wisely, connecting and inspiring people to care for, enjoy, and pass on The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor.

With your donation, we will work hard to ensure that our unique natural and cultural resources – those that give us a sense of place – remain vibrant as our economy grows.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, all donations to The Last Green Valley are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Aerial view of The Last Green Valley, photo by G. L. Sweetnam

Aerial view of The Last Green Valley, photo by G. L. Sweetnam

 

 

Your Dollars Will Help Fund:

Walktober – Experiencing and Enjoying the Region: Since 1991, TLGV has helped organize free guided hikes, walks, paddles and experiences celebrating the natural and cultural resources of the National Heritage Corridor in our 35 town region.  Each year more than 100 free hikes, walks, paddles, and pedals  are offered with more than 60,000+ people enjoying the month-long program.

Historic and Cultural Resources – Telling the Stories that Matter:  From “Notable and Notorious” characters to historic preservation grants, TLGV brings people and places from The Last Green Valley’s past to life.

Water Trails – Enhancing Recreation in the Watershed: Following the very successful 2009 Source to Sea Expedition: Connecting the Drops through The Last Green Valley, TLGV is working to increase access to the region’s rivers and waterways, and has led the effort to designate more than 60 miles of our water trails (and continues to work on more) as National Recreation Trails and produce Paddle Guides for the region.

Watershed Education – Teaching Future Stewards about our Water:  In classrooms and camp settings, our Rangers bring a hands-on experience to thousands of students each year, introducing them to our water resources and the best ways to keep them clean.

Water Quality Monitoring – Volunteering at its Best:  Since 2006, hundreds of volunteers have been testing water throughout The Last Green Valley in order to collect baseline data, uncover problems, and  find solutions.  TLGV supports seven different types of monitoring and works with the Thames River Basin Partnership to analyze and act upon the data collected.

Agriculture – Improving the Farm-Friendliness of our Communities:   TLGV and its partners created the AGvocate Program to assist towns in creating more farm-friendly policies, regulations, and promotional events.

Forestry – Conserving the “Green” in The Last Green Valley: With almost 70% forest cover, The Last Green Valley is part of the Southern New England Heritage Forest, a landscape of national importance.  TLGV is working with many partners through the Woodland Ambassador Program to assist landowners in understanding, managing, and conserving their woodlands.

Land Use – Making Good Decisions:  From Brownfields Redevelopment to Basic Roles and Responsibilities of Municipal Boards, TLGV sponsors land use workshops to help volunteer board members make informed decisions in their communities.

Tourism –  Bringing Tourism-Related Dollars to the Region:  TLGV works diligently to promote local businesses and events in the region through publication of the Explore! Outdoor, Indoor & Around Town Adventures in The Last Green Valley, other brochures, its website and social media outlets.  TLGV works to attract visitors to the region and bring significant tourism related dollars into local communities in a manner consistent with caring for our resources. In 2013, tourism had an economic impact of $278 million.

TLGV Grant Program –  Funding Locally Important Projects:  Since its inception, TLGV has distributed more than 3.6 million in historic preservation, partnership, and land use education grants to 240 projects in all 35 communities of the National Heritage Corridor.  These grants have made a significant difference to the region and helped to leverage more than five times as much in state and private dollars.

TLGV Cleanup Grants – Keeping The Last Green Valley Clean and Green:  TLGV funds Earth Month and River Cleanups that bring volunteers together and foster a sense of community pride.  In the last three years, more than 3,000 volunteers have removed more than 59,000  pounds of trash from our rivers, parks, and roadways.

How Can I Donate to The Last Green Valley?

Outright Gifts: You may use your credit card to make a gift by calling the office at 866-363-7226.   You may also send a check made payable to The Last Green Valley to P.O. Box 29, 203B Main Street, Danielson, CT 06239. You can also donate online.

Gifts of Stock: Gifts of stock are greatly appreciated and can be especially advantageous from a tax perspective. You should contact both your financial advisor and Bill Reid at 860-774-3300 or by email bill@tlgv.org, to receive stock gift and transfer instructions.

Honorary or Memorial Gifts: You may wish to make a contribution to honor someone or to memorialize a loved one or friend. When making such a gift please include the name of the person being honored and include the name and address of anyone to whom we should send an acknowledgement.

Gifts for the Future:  TLGV is establishing agency funds with both the Greater Worcester Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut.  These funds will provide interest income to support the annual programs and operation of the organization.  Gifts to TLGV for these funds, or gifts made directly to the funds, are a wonderful way to ensure your support will live on for many years, helping the organization to accomplish its mission now and into the future.

Legacy Bequests: Bequests are a thoughtful way to remember your favorite charities through your will. Gifts can be made as a specific dollar amount, a percentage of an individual’s assets, as gifts of property or as life insurance. We suggest you speak with your attorney before deciding to make such a gift so that language that carefully explains your intentions can be included in your will. If you are interested in supporting The Last Green Valley in this way, it would be most helpful if you would notify us of your intentions so that we may add you to The Last Green Valley’s Legacy Society. You may contact Bill Reid at 860-774-3300 or by email bill@tlgv.org, for further information.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, all gifts to The Last Green Valley, Inc. are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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