For more than two decades the Friends of the Fells has worked to uphold the spirit that honors the precious natural beauty and the wildness of the Fells. During a time of rapidly vanishing open spaces has been rewarding to unite with citizens who have joined in the mission to value and protect this rare oasis.
We ask for your continued support for the many Fells hike and educational programs which provide opportunities for young and old alike to learn about and experience the beauty of the Fells Reservation in all seasons. In addition, your donations help support our unprecedented citizens’ campaign to protect the Fells from development threats. The success of these programs has shown that there is power in giving!
There Are Many Ways To Help
While we can accept online contributions, there is a fee associated with processing credit and debit cards. We still very much appreciate contributions by check. If you run into any issues with this system, please don’t hesitate to let us know.
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Donations and bequests to the R.J. Weggel Fund for the Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation will generate a growing source of income into the future to help sustain Friends of the Fells educational and stewardship programs serving the Fells for the benefit of all who visit the reservation.
The Fund is managed by the Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF), which currently administers approximately eighty million dollars in charitable funds on behalf of donors.
Tax-deductible contributions to the R.J. Weggel Fund can be made here. In the box for choice of fund, scroll until you see the R.J. Weggel Fund.
Visit our blog post announcing the creation of the R.J. Weggel Fund to find out more.
Gifts by Check
Simply make out your check to “Friends of the Fells” and mail it to us at: 235 West Foster Street, Melrose MA 02176. Your charitable gift is tax-deductible.
Gifts of Securities
Ask your financial advisor about the tax benefits of donating appreciated securities to the Friends of the Fells.
Many employers offer to match the charitable gifts of their employees. If your company has this policy, ask your benefits office for instructions. All donations are tax-deductible, the Friends of the Fells is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Gifts from your IRA
If you are age 70½ or older, you may make cash gifts totaling up to $100,000 a year from your traditional or Roth IRA to qualified charities without incurring income tax upon withdrawal. Please check with your accountant regarding current provisions.
Planned Giving Bequests
A bequest providing for the Friends of the Fells in your will is perhaps the simplest form of a planned gift. In most cases, the language can be brief and straightforward, such as:
I hereby give Friends of the Fells, a Massachusetts non-profit organization, a bequest of $_____ to be used for its general charitable purposes.
Please be sure to let us know about your decision, so your gift can be properly acknowledged.
You can also consider designating your bequest to benefit our Endowment Fund, established for the long term benefit of the Fells.
Qualified Pension Plans
Designating Friends of the Fells as the beneficiary to your IRA, Keogh, or other qualified pension plan can have significant tax benefits to you and your survivors. Assets in these plans accumulate without being taxed, but when they are distributed, substantial taxes can result. Designating a charity as the beneficiary, while leaving other types of assets to surviving family members, can maximize your ability to provide for both your family and the charity.
Life insurance can be used to maximize the power of the charitable gifts you can afford to make. It can also be a versatile wealth replacement tool for estate planning. For instance, if you name Friends of the Fells as the owner and the beneficiary of your life insurance policy, all premiums you pay will be tax-deductible gifts and, upon your death, the Trust will receive the full benefits of the policy. Additionally, the cash value of the policy, accumulating over time, can be accessed should the charity need it.
For more information about any of these options, you can email the Friends at firstname.lastname@example.org, call us at 781.662.2340, or write to Friends of Middlesex Fells Reservation, 235 West Foster Street, Melrose MA, 02176.
Neil Anderson, Executive Director
Rich Sanford, Board Chairman