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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, it 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!

While we can gladly accept online contributions through the secure form below, you can scroll down this page and find other ways to donate.

Because the Friends of the Fells is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, your charitable contribution is fully tax deductible.

Thank you.


Some people have experienced problems with the 6 character Security Check code feature in the form. If you do have a problem, we request that you kindly please send us a check instead. Checks should be made to Friends of the Fells and mailed to:

Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation
235 W Foster St
Melrose, MA 02176

Other Ways To Support the Friends of the Fells:

Select one of the options below for more information.

There are many ways of helping the Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation to preserve and protect the Fells now and for future generations.  The easiest (and most fun) way is to support us by becoming a member.  If you want to do more, the following two sections contain information and links about common gift methods.  Don’t forget to find out if your employer may have a donation matching program!

Contribute to the R.J. Weggel Endowment Fund

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.

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Other Ways To Donate

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.

Matching Gifts

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. Our EIN is 22-3278797.

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

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, call us at 781.662.2340, or write to Friends of Middlesex Fells Reservation, 235 West Foster Street, Melrose MA, 02176.

Thank You,

The Fells and the Friends appreciate your help!

If you run into any issues with this system, please don’t hesitate to let us know.