Your Guide to Year-End Fun(draising)!

By Nicholle Gotham - Assistant Director of Development
Tuesday, November 28, 2023

The snow crunching under my snowshoes, the scent of fresh pine hanging in the air, and the inevitable chill that creeps in under many warm layers are my top three Adirondack winter feelings. The happiness these experiences garner can only be increased during the holiday season when after your ramble, you’re able to gather around a cozy fireplace with loved ones.

These winter traditions are ones that I hope to carry on throughout the years with friends and family by my side. However, that’s only possible if we’re working toward preserving and protecting the Park today.

By giving back to the Adirondack Council this holiday season, you can help to ensure that our beloved Adirondack winters are protected for generations to come. With numerous ways to support our work, please join me in making a gift to the Council this holiday season. Here are a few different ways you can make (and also give!) a meaningful gift.
Double Your Gift’s Impact! 
Every dollar and donor make a difference in our work here at the Adirondack Council in preserving the Park for future generations.

Through the generosity of our Board of Directors, they’d like to invite you to join them in giving back to the Adirondack Council to bolster our vision of fostering a Park with clean air and water, large ‘forever wild’ wilderness areas, working forests and farms, and vibrant, safe, inclusive communities.

They have generously committed to a 1:1 match for every gift received by December 31, 2023, up to $205,000. Now is the time to make your gift go the extra mile in our journey to advocate on behalf of the Adirondacks. 

Know Someone Who Loves the Adirondacks? Gift them a Council Membership!
To keep that special someone or family member in the loop about all things Adirondacks from our conservation work to getting involved with our advocacy work, gift them a membership to the Council!

By gifting someone a membership, they’ll receive:
•    The State of the Park report: an annual update on what policy decisions and what initiatives elected officials have and are taking on to tackle issues impacting the Park
•    Call of the Loon newsletter: publications featuring the issues, people, and trends in the six-million-acre Adirondack Park
•    Emails including our In and About the Park Blog, Action Alerts and updates on Park-related issues
•    An invitation to our Annual Forever Wild Day and Membership Meeting, which gives them the opportunity to meet other people who share concern and appreciation for the Park
•    Opportunities to take action and an invitation to our Annual Adirondack Lobby Day
•    Happiness in knowing you’re helping preserve the Adirondacks – one of America’s signature landscapes – for the next generation!

In Honor of You
Want to honor or remember a loved one who can’t be with you this holiday season? Make a gift to the Council in their honor or in memory of them. These gifts stand to recognize or remember those close to you while supporting the values of conserving the extraordinary natural resources of the Adirondacks. 

Plan on Forever
All estate gifts to the Adirondack Council continue to grow as part of the Forever Wild Fund, creating a lasting legacy and voice for Adirondack Park protection. This quasi-endowment fund was established to provide a Board-approved annual income transfer of up to 5% supporting the Council’s annual budget to meet current demands, and allowing flexibility, when necessary, for resources to address constitutional and unforeseen threats.

There are two easy ways to leave a lasting Adirondack legacy:
•    Join our Legacy Society – If you name the Adirondack Council as a beneficiary in your will or life insurance policy, please be sure to let us know so we can list you as a member of the Legacy Society. You will also be inspiring others to do the same.
•    Roll over money in your IRA to the Council. If you are age 70½ or older and have an Individual Retirement Account, you may be able to make a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) directly to the Adirondack Council tax-free.

Unique Gifts
If you’re in search of a great gift and want to support the Council at the same time, we have some awesome merch in our online store. My personal favorites (PSA: if you’re a close friend or family member of mine, skip this section!) that I’ll be gifting this year are the classic or twist knit beanies, the classic Adirondack candle, a Loon Mug, and for my young cousins, A Night Walk by Sheri Amsel paired with an Adopt-A-Moose.

Ceramic mugs with the Adirondack Council logoAll of these opportunities are just some of the ways to give in support of our work here at the Adirondack Council. If you’re interested in other options (like becoming a sustaining member or supporting our internship programs), please click here.

Happy holidays from all of us here with the Adirondack Council team, and we are grateful for your continued support. Wishing you many Adirondack adventures in 2024!

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