US taxpayers can support the Nature Trust with a gift that is tax deductible in the United States!

Thanks to a partnership with American Friends of Canadian Conservation, US taxpayers can help to protect ecologically important land in Nova Scotia and receive a tax benefit in the United States.

Support the Nature Trust via our partnership with American Friends in one of the following ways:

  • Donate online using your credit card at American Friends’ secure site. Make a one-time donation or set up a recurring gift.
  • Donate stocks, bonds or mutual fund shares to American Friends to avoid US capital gains taxes while receiving a tax deduction for the current value of your securities. Contact Sandra Tassel at 360-515-7171 or sandra.tassel@conservecanada.org for instructions.
  • Mail a cheque in US funds along with a GRANT RECOMMENDATION to:

American Friends of Canadian Conservation
336 36th Street #717
Bellingham, WA 98225

  • Print, fill out, sign and send a GRANT RECOMMENDATION with your cheque to request that American Friends use your donation to make a grant to the Nova Scotia Nature Trust. The language in the recommendation is necessary for your gift to be tax deductible in the US.

Donating Land/Conservation Easements

If you are a US taxpayer who owns Nova Scotia property, you can permanently protect your land through a donation or conservation easement and receive US tax benefits, through our partners at American Friends.

American Friends was created to remove the tax and legal barriers that prevented US taxpayers from permanently protecting their Canadian properties. You can find more details in this Fact Sheet created by American Friends.

Please contact Ross Firth, our Director of Conservation to discuss your property, its conservation values and your interests, and for more information about tax benefits and steps for making a “cross-border” conservation gift. Ross will help you through the process of making your gift in collaboration with our partners at American Friends.

Bequests

You can also make a gift of land in your will, or a financial bequest to benefit the Nature Trust. Most bequests can be made directly to the Nature Trust and realize the same estate tax benefits as a gift to a US charity. For more complex estate planning tools, we can partner with American Friends to structure your gift. Please contact Barbara Haley, our Director of Philanthropy, for more information.

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