The Fund for North Bennington, Inc. works to strengthen the special character of the community by conserving farmland, woodland and open spaces, and by making grants in support of the arts, education, historic preservation and social services in North Bennington and its environs.
Our conservation work is always in need of support even though much of our local grantmaking is supported by the original gift to the Fund and some subsequent bequests. Although the Fund is a charitable, tax-exempt organization it still must pay property taxes and operating expenses associated with its conservation properties. Generous donations from the community help us with those costs as well as repairing roads, re-planting trees, and undertaking special mowing and other projects on land we have protected.
To keep up with the increasing costs of a sustainable program of community grants we must add to our long-term capital resources. Public support is critical to our ability to meet these conservation expenses and to sustain our grant work. A donation form is available for downloading here (pdf) or make a donation right now by clicking here. We hope you will give generously. Donations are tax-deductible.
Please click here for a copy of The Fund's gift acceptance policy. This includes sample language for making a bequest in your Will. Gifts of any size are welcome at any time, and we also encourage you to consider a donation to the Fund when you are writing your Will.
We would also be delighted to talk with you about a charitable annuity, a charitable trust, or certain gifts of property. These types of gifts can have substantial tax benefits for you as well as provide critical support for the mission of The Fund. A charitable annuity, for example, could provide an income benefit to you and your family now, and support the Fund's work in North Bennington in the future. We would be pleased to answer questions related to estate planning or gifts of appreciated assets, or to facilitate the creation of a tax-qualified life annuity in partnership with the Vermont Community Foundation.