- Make a donation
- Become a Monthly Donor
- Legacy for Land: Remember EALT in your Will, e.g.
- Become a Sustaining Supporter
- Donate to EALT’s Endowment or Non-Endowment Funds
- Create a Named Endowment Fund – Give in the Name of Others
- Gift Ecologically Significant Property
- Donate any category of land
Make a Donation
Thank you for your interest in donating to the Edmonton and Area Land Trust. Any donation you wish to make is greatly appreciated and will be used effectively to protect our land and preserve this legacy for Edmonton and area.
All donations are tax deductible and may be designated to an EALT project of your specification or to our general operations. You can give:
1. By Cheque:
you may send a cheque made out to the Edmonton and Area Land Trust:
c/o Edmonton Community Foundation,
9910–103 Street, Edmonton, AB T5K 2V7.
(Please ensure you include your printed name and address so a tax receipt may be mailed to you)
2. Print our donation form and mail it
to Edmonton and Area Land Trust
c/o Edmonton Community Foundation,9910–103 Street, Edmonton, AB T5K 2V7
Your donation will significantly help to further our work in protecting natural areas in Edmonton and surrounding region, though conservation easements and other initiatives.
Become a Monthly Donor
EALT needs support every day of the year. Why not become a continuing supporter with automatic monthly withdrawals?
- Monthly donations can be set up through a Canadian chequing account, or through Visa, Mastercard, or American Express.
- If your employer operates a payroll giving program, you can make a donation to EALT directly from your salary.
Any donation you make is used effectively to protect our land and protect this legacy for Edmonton and Area. Thank you in advance!
Legacy for Land: Remember EALT in your Will
- In memoriam gifts
- Donating Securities
- Life Insurance or annuities
Legacy for Land – Remember EALT in Your Will
Many people feel they are not able to give as much support as they would like to during their lifetime. By including EALT in your will, you can support our work and help to protect our land and create a conservation legacy for this region.
When we say we protect in perpetuity, we mean it! EALT has Endowment Funds with the Edmonton Community Foundation for land stewardship, covenants, and ongoing operating costs. EALT also has a Capital Fund: – money in this fund is targeted to land acquisition.
It has been calculated that if 5% of us donated 5% of our estates to charity, there would be no need to fundraise. But remember that no bequest is too little.
You may also simply offer the residue of your estate to EALT, that is, any funds that remain after all bills have been settled and inheritances have been allocated. This allows all obligations to be met with the remainder going to support EALT’s work. We encourage donors to consult with their financial planner and/or attorney for appropriate wording and to discuss their decision with their family.
Donate Securities, Life Insurance, Annuities or RRSP's
If you own publicly traded securities or mutual funds that have increased in value, you may want to consider donating the securities directly to EALT. This type of gift can minimize the capital gains taxes that you have to pay on those securities. Should you decide to make a gift of securities to EALT, please fill in our Securities Transfer Form Security Transfer Form.
Or you can give them online through Canada Helps.
A life insurance policy can offer a simple way to support EALT, especially if your family no longer needs life insurance for financial security after your death. You could choose to make EALT the beneficiary of a new policy. Your payments for the new policy will be eligible for tax credit. Another option is to make EALT the owner of an existing policy, allowing you an immediate tax benefit.
Become a Sustaining Supporter
Help support EALT’s conservation initiatives in the Edmonton area. Become an EALT sustaining supporter today.
You will become a vital part of EALT’s support, advocacy and work, and will be invited to EALT’s public events.
- Individual – $30
- Family – $50* Student – $25
- Corporate – $100
Donate to EALT’s Endowment or Non-Endowment Funds
EALT maintains funds with The Edmonton Community Foundation. Donors may choose any of all of the three funds held by the Edmonton Community Foundation to support the activities and operations of EALT.
1. Capital Fund that will assist with land acquisition.
The other two funds held by the Edmonton Community Foundation on our behalf are permanent endowment funds. Gifts to these funds are not spent. They are invested and through their earnings, provide ongoing support to EALT for:
2. Stewardship (monitoring and maintenance of our properties)
• Assessing potential lands for their ecological value and possible risks
• Paying for professional services to conduct CRA-required “fair market value” appraisals and audits, so as to issue charitable receipts for donated land
• Developing Baseline Inventories of new lands, to provide the information needed to create stewardship plans
• Helping EALT work with schools and other groups to provide meaningful educational encounters with nature, and engender a deeper understanding and appreciation of nature’s benefits and values
• Creating and maintaining partnerships with other like-minded organizations
• Educating and seeking partnerships with municipalities in the capital region
• Managing the many volunteers that contribute to the success of our conservation efforts
Those interested in making donations to any of these funds may contact us by phone (780) 483–7578, or may directly contact the Donor Services Staff of the Edmonton Community Foundation.
Create a Named Endowment Fund - Give in the Name of Others
If you wish, you can create a named endowment fund, with a gift of over $10,000.
Or you can create this fund over a period of years through annual donations.
For further information on how to created an endowment fund, please contact the Donor Services staff
Endowment funds are not spent, they are permanently invested and their income provides ongoing support to EALT. You might wish to place your own name on the fund, or to honour a friend or loved one by using their name. You could encourage others to add to this fund in celebration of special events, anniversaries, or other occasions. In Memoriam Donation Form
Gift Ecologically Significant Property
EALT accepts gifts of ecologically significant lands, which we will protect in perpetuity.
You can also provide lasting conservation through planned giving, which enables you to support EALT’s work while providing yourself with financial benefits. If you have land that you would like to protect by donating it, but need to receive income during your lifetime, you might use a charitable gift annuity. In a charitable gift annuity, you agree to transfer certain property to a land trust, and the land trust agrees to make regular annuity payments to one or two beneficiaries you specify for life. Your gift of land usually qualifies for a charitable income tax deduction at the time of the gift, based on the value of the land less the expected value of the annuity payments.
Alternatively, if you have land you would like to donate, but want to continue living there, you may want to consider a life estate. A life estate grants you the lifetime right to live on your donated property, but you receive tax benefits immediately, and the land trust is assured of future income to fund conservation projects.You may also donate a Conservation Easement on all, or parts of your property.
Conservation easements are a tool to allow you to permanently protect natural and cultural features of private land, without giving up ownership or use, while EALT continues conservation on these lands in perpetuity. Landowners are usually eligible for tax benefits when they donate conservation easements on ecologically valuable land.
Contact us if you wish to discuss donations of ecologically significant lands, by email pamwight <at> ealt.ca or phone at: 780 483–7578.
Donate any category of land
In addition, EALT accepts lands without ecologically significant values. Such lands may be used for a revenue stream, or may be sold to raise funds towards purchase of more ecologically significant properties. These assets are called trade lands. Please contact us if you wish to contribute by gift of property.
*We encourage you to seek the advice of a professional when making charitable giving, tax, will and estate, financial and/or insurance decisions.
The value of raw land given up for arterial roadways in Edmonton (in addition to normal road dedication) is $325,000 / ha ($145,000 / acre)