We rely upon the generosity of our members to help support our mission to protect Maine farmland, support farmers, and advance the future of farming. There are many ways you can support this work!
Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds
Gifts of appreciated stock, bonds and mutual funds are a common way to support MFT today and save on capital gains tax. While gifts of publicly traded stock are simple to make, you can also give restricted or closely held stock under the right circumstances. Please consult with MFT and with your advisor.
Gifts from your IRA
Individuals 70 ½ and older may transfer up to $100,000 per year directly from an IRA to MFT, known as a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD). Contact your IRA plan custodian to make a gift directly from your IRA to MFT. Note: While gifts from your IRA do not qualify for a charitable deduction, they do count towards your Required Mandatory Distribution (RMD), and are removed from your taxable income.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with MFT! Unfortunately, all of our volunteer opportunities are on pause during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please still feel free to fill out the form so we can get in touch once in-person events and office support resumes.
Honorarium Gifts and In Memoriam
Memorial, honorary and tribute gifts are a special way to honor someone you love or care for while supporting MFT. When you fill out the donation form, let us know for whom you are making a gift in honor or memory of and we will send a letter to the honoree or their family informing them of your gift.
Your art collection, valuables and other personal property that you have acquired with care and thought over a lifetime can be donated to MFT. When you donate gifts of tangible and intangible personal property you may receive an income tax deduction by removing the asset from your taxable estate or reduce capital gains tax. Please let us know of your intentions early on so as to ensure that MFT will accept such gifts in the future.
Donor Advised Funds
Designating a gift from your Donor Advised Fund is an easy way to support Maine Farmland Trust while having a significant impact. For proper designation, please inform your provider with the following information:
Maine Farmland Trust, 97 Main Street, Belfast ME, 04915 / Federal Tax ID# 01-0528014
By donating real estate to MFT today, you may be able to reduce your capital gains tax or receive an income tax deduction. Real estate does not need to have conservation value; your personal residence, vacation home or commercial property can also be donated to MFT. If accepted, MFT will sell the asset and use the proceeds to support MFT’s mission.