Your love for the natural world is a connection to something beyond yourself—one of life’s greatest joys. Now, you can pass on the beauty and wonder that you have experienced to coming generations. One of the most profound ways that you can make a difference is through legacy giving, also called planned giving.

How will you leave a legacy? We are happy to discuss your options, including potential tax or estate planning benefits, and help find the right fit for you and your family.

If you do include Conserving Carolina in your estate plans, please let us know, so that we can recognize you as part of our Land Legacy League and express our thanks during your lifetime. When you let us know about your gift, it also helps us plan for the future. We can set our sights high, thanks to you.

Land Legacy League

We greatly appreciate our members who have the vision and generosity to include Conserving Carolina in their will or other planned giving. When you let us know about your planned estate gift, you will be recognized among the hundreds of members in our Land Legacy League. Members of the Land Legacy League are recognized every year in our Annual Report. Of course, if you prefer to remain anonymous, simply let us know.

Options for Planned or Legacy Giving

All of your gifts to Conserving Carolina support our mission to protect, restore, and inspire appreciation of our natural world.

As part of a well thought-out estate plan, your gift may also offer significant financial benefits to you and your family. Conserving Carolina will help you explore the options that may work best for you. We also recommend that you discuss any planned gift with your attorney, accountant, and/or other financial advisors.

Here is a brief summary of the most common options for legacy giving:

  • Bequests
  • Gifts of land outright
  • Life estate, or a gift of land that you may continue to live on during your lifetime
  • Making Conserving Carolina a beneficiary of your life insurance policy
  • Making Conserving Carolina a beneficiary of your retirement account
  • Life income gifts, or charitable remainder trusts, which can provide income for you during your lifetime
  • Stocks, bonds, mutual funds or other publicly traded securities
  • Cash or check, in a donation that supports your overall estate planning

Conserving Carolina’s Tax ID

You may need to know our tax ID in order to make your generous planned gift. Our federal tax ID number is 56-6449365.

Discuss Your Gift

We are happy to talk with you, learn about your goals for your legacy gift, and discuss your options. If you would like discuss your gift, please reach out to our Planned Giving Officer, Sierra Hoisington. Sierra can be reached at 828-697-5777, ext. 220. Or you can email her at [email protected].

If you have already chosen to make a gift to Conserving Carolina in your estate, please let us know, so that we can thank you and plan for the future.

Thank you so much for your generosity and your vision to leave a beautiful and healthy world for coming generations!

Their Giving Lives On

Stuart and Carola Cohn were longtime donors who included Conserving Carolina in an endowment fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County. Sadly, Carola passed away in 2017 and Stuart followed in 2018. However, their gift provides continuing support for protecting the places they loved. Their steadfast generosity lives on, and we are forever grateful. 

Stuart and Carola Cohn
Photo by Mike Belleme, courtesy of Community Foundation of Henderson County

For Our Grandchildren and Their Grandchildren

Jerry and Bill McAninch have included Conserving Carolina in their estate plans. Before his passing, Bill said, “The conservancy will receive a bequest from my estate to help it continue to protect our precious natural heritage. Our children and grandchildren understand that—along with everyone else—they and their grandchildren will benefit from this gift.”


Photo at top of page shows a sunrise over protected land, seen from Little Pisgah Mountain. Photo by Kevin Adams Photography.