Give Someone a Gift Membership to Their Favorite “Green” Non-Profit

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Kristi Perry
kperry@ttor.org
781.784.0567 x7503

Boston, MANovember 13, 2013 – “Green” or “low carb” gift giving continues to be an increasingly popular trend among people looking for meaningful, non-material or socially responsible gifts that can have a high impact and also give back. As you think about gift ideas for family and friends this season, including those who don’t really “need” anything, The Trustees of Reservations, which has been protecting and sharing Massachusetts’ irreplaceable landscapes and landmarks since 1891, suggests the idea of a gift membership. A gift membership not only shares the giver’s passion for culture and the great outdoors, but it also helps organizations like The Trustees continue to protect important natural landscapes and cultural landmarks that help define the character of our communities and enhance our lives.

“We have seen a strong annual increase in gift memberships since we began offering them several years ago,” says Matt Montgomery, Chief Marketing Officer for The Trustees. “So many of our members are looking for creative and meaningful alternatives to traditional gift giving and love sharing the gift of membership in one of their favorite nonprofits with family and friends. In turn, they end up enjoying our properties, programs and events – most of which are free or significantly discounted for members – together throughout the year.”

Whether it is through a hike on a crisp day up one of The Trustees’ gorgeous mountain trails, a Nordic ski adventure through scenic woodlands, a day spent volunteering, or an evening out at a lecture or art show, a gift membership can keep on giving throughout the year by encouraging members to spend quality time together while also supporting the important conservation and preservation work of The Trustees in Massachusetts. Starting as low as $47 for individual members ($37 for students and seniors, $67 for families), a gift membership includes benefits such as:

  • Free/reduced admission to 111 Trustees properties (including popular destinations like Crane Beach in Ipswich, World’s End in Hingham, the Old Manse in Concord, the Bryant Homestead in Cummington, Doyle Community Park in Leominster, Naumkeag in Stockbridge, and Cape Poge on Martha’s Vineyard);
  • Discounted fees for the hundreds of events, programs, lectures and workshops The Trustees offer year-round, for all ages;
  • Discounts on stays at Trustees’ bed & breakfasts: The Inn at Castle Hill in Ipswich and the Guest House at Field Farm in Williamstown;
  • The Trustees Property Guide, a 224-page guidebook to the organization’s 111 reservations – available exclusively to members;
  • A year’s subscription to our award-winning, quarterly member magazine, Special Places, which will keep you in- the-know and up-to-date on important conservation, nature, history, cultural news and events;
  • Bamboo UtensilsIn addition, if you purchase a gift membership for $125 or above, your gift recipient will also receive a special limited edition Trustees gift: a pair of To Go Wear Bamboo utensils perfect for picnics and/or sustainable dining.

Membership to The Trustees is tax deductible. For more details and to ensure holiday delivery, please order gift memberships by December 14 at: 978.921.1944 online at www.thetrustees.org.

The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) “hold in trust” and care for properties, or “reservations,” of scenic, cultural, and natural significance for the general public to enjoy. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees are the nation’s oldest, statewide land trust and one of Massachusetts’ largest conservation organizations. Supported by more than 100,000 members and donors and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 111 spectacular reservations – including working farms with Community Supported Agriculture programs, historic homesteads and gardens, community parks, barrier beaches and mountain vistas – located on more than 26,000 acres throughout the Commonwealth. In addition, The Trustees work closely with permanent affiliates including Boston Natural Areas Network and the Hilltown Land Trust as well as hundreds of community partners to preserve and protect special places for current and future generations. Accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, The Trustees are an established leader in the conservation and preservation movement and model for other land trusts nationally and internationally. The organization offers hundreds of outreach programs, workshops, and events annually, designed to engage diverse audiences of all ages in it’s mission. To find out more and/or to become a member, donor or volunteer, please contact www.thetrustees.org.