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Special Funds, Endowed Funds, and Initiatives
Donor Recognition and Naming Opportunities



Make A Difference

Your Annual Fund Donation supports:

Conservation and trails work done by volunteers, teen volunteers, and the Professional Trails Crew.

Advocacy and citizen science efforts.

Recreation including all muscle-powered outings, the Adirondak Loj, Johns Brook Lodge, Heart Lake Cabins, Wilderness Campground and more.

Education including Leave No Trace programs, Summer Naturalist Interns, Summit Stewards, the Three Seasons at Heart Lake program, the ADK Nature Museum at Heart Lake, school outreach, community outreach, teen programs, guided trips and more.

Stewardship including The Summit Stewardship Program, Backcountry Stewardship Programs, volunteer trails program, Pro Trail Crew and more.

Your gift makes a difference:

$25 Supports one child to explore and learn about nature
$50 Protects rare alpine plant species from hiker trampling during busy hiking times
$100 Supports 1 day of supervised volunteer trails projects
$250 Preserves 6 million acres all across New York State, keeping them wild and available for all to enjoy
$500 Timberline Society – Your gift puts you in good company with others working to protect wild places
$1,000+ Your gift puts you in good company with others working to protect wild places


Corporate Matching Gifts
Employers matching contributions can double or triple your gift. Ask your company’s Human Resources or Matching Gift Program department about charitable matching contributions. If your employer has a program that will match your donation to ADK, please complete your company’s matching gift form and send it to Adirondack Mountain Club, 814 Goggins RD, Lake George, NY 12845.

Gift Memberships
Give the gift of membership to a friend, family member, co-worker, hiking buddy, conservationist, elected official anyone you think would enjoy learning more about ways to play in and protect New York State's scenic and wild places. Learn more about the benefits of Membership.

Memorial & Tribute Gifts
Gifts made in memory of or in honor of someone will be published in an issue of Adirondac, ADK’s bimonthly member magazine. We will acknowledge your gift and notify the family of the deceased or the honoree of your gift. Know someone celebrating a birthday, wedding, or other milestone? Give them a gift in honor of the big event.
Make a Planned Gift
Join ADK's Legacy Society

Make a Gift Through Your Donor Advised Fund
A donor-advised fund (DAF) is a type of giving program that allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to easily support your favorite charities, like ADK. An increasingly popular charitable vehicle, DAFs are an excellent way to both simplify your charitable giving and facilitate your strategic philanthropic goals. Click here to make a charitable gift with for DAF Direct fund.
Please note that due to IRS rules, membership to ADK cannot be paid for using funds from a DAF account.

Corporate Sponsorship
Options are available to sponsor great events in support of ADK like ididaride!, Forever Wild Online Auction, National Trails Day, and others. Consider an annual sponsorship and have your logo appear on the ADK website and in other materials. Sponsorships are a great way to get your name out there.
View our schedule of Special Events



Special Funds, Endowed Funds, and Initiatives

Gifts to ADK's Annual Fund support Conservation, Advocacy, Recreation, Education, and Stewardship. Here are some ideas to make an even greater difference in one of these areas.

Scholarships and Internships
Your gifts enable young people to participate in ADK outdoor education programs and youth trail crews.
  • Sean Kelleher Memorial FundEstablished to provide one or more scholarships for a high school student to participate in one or more High School (Teen) Volunteer Trail Projects.
You can start a new endowed Scholarship Fund with your gift of at least $10,000. Gifts to existing scholarship funds can be of any size.

Wilderness Legal Defense Fund
One of the greatest challenges for our advocacy efforts is the lack of resources to take appropriate action in a timely manner. To respond to that challenge, ADK's Board of Directors established the Wilderness Legal Defense Fund. Legal cases often arise from unforeseen circumstances, and court deadlines require quick decisions. This fund will enable ADK to make strategic decisions that include legal action knowing it can avail itself of these resources, enabling ADK to act swiftly whenever our wild lands and water are threatened. This is a restricted fund, only to be used for the purposes stated above. It is managed by the Adirondack Foundation.

Gifts to this fund can be of any size. Make your gift through Adirondack Foundation.

Endowment Funds
Endowments are permanently restricted funds whose principal is designated by the donor to be invested and to remain intact, with only the earnings to be spent on operations. Contributions made to these funds are investments to the future of ADK.
  • Conservation Endowment Receives, holds, and administers gifts and bequests with the income to be used to support ADK's Advocacy Program, which lobbies and advocates for the protections of natural resources through stewardship and trail restoration, and public access to these resources for recreational purposes.
  • Education EndowmentReceives, holds, and administers gifts and bequests with the income to be used to support ADK's Education Programs.
  • Natural History EndowmentReceives, holds, and administers gifts and bequests with the income to be used to support natural history programs. Individuals are taught environmental stewardship through programs that promote an understanding of the natural world, which include mountains, wetlands, waterways, and wildlife. This endowment provides some support for the Summer Naturalist Intern Program.
  • Stewardship Endowment Receives, holds, and administers gifts and bequests with the income to be used to support ADK's Field Programs. ADK's professional and supervised trail crews maintain hundreds of miles of trails each year in New York's Forest Preserve lands, ensuring hiker safety and conserving the lands. This endowment also supports the Summit Steward Program, in which stewards educate hikers atop the highest and most heavily traveled mountains in the state.
  • JBL EndowmentReceives, holds, and administers gifts and bequests with the income to be used to support the Johns Brook Lodge facilities, programs, and property.
  • ADK General Endowment Receives, holds, and administers gifts and bequests with the income to be used to support general purposes, wherever the organizational need is greatest
  • Recognition Fund - Established by Marilyn and Peter Gillespie to fund the recognition of volunteers, staff, and others whose support of ADK is particularly appreciated.
Start a new named endowed fund with your gift of at least $10,000. Gifts to existing endowed funds can be of any size.

Board Designated Funds
Board designated funds are invested in the portfolio and treated like endowments; however, principal may be used for other purposes, at the discretion of ADK's Board of Directors.
  • Slater Trust Fund Established by the Slater sisters, both educators, who left ADK a remainder trust for use in Education Programs.
  • Sean A. Keller Memorial FundEstablished by Gail and Brian Kelleher in memory of their son for the expressed purpose of granting scholarships to teens for participation in the High School Volunteer Trail Programs.
  • Memorial Fund Established for individuals wishing to make a gift greater than $100 in tribute of family or friends. Supports general operations of the Adirondack Mountain Club.
  • George B. Duncan Fund (formerly the Millennium Fund) Renamed and established by a generous bequest of George B. Duncan to support any purpose appropriate to the mission and objectives of ADK.
  • Capital FundEstablished by Ranger Tyler and Mary Tyler to be used to aid in financing of capital enhancements and new capital acquisitions.
Gifts to existing Board Designated Funds can be of any size.
Endowment Funds and Board Designated Funds are managed by ADK in its investment portfolio.

Temporarily Restricted Funds
  • Paul Jamieson/Land Trust Fund Created in honor of Paul Jamieson to be used "to improve public, non-motorized access to the Forest Preserve for hiking, and, especially, canoeing, through purchase of fee simple title or easement rights, or through other appropriate initiatives toward ensuring such access."
Start a new named fund with your gift of at least $10,000. Gifts to existing Temporarily Restricted Funds can be of any size.



Donor Recognition and Naming Opportunities

Timberline Society
Join the Timberline Society with your gift of $500-$4,999 to the Annual Fund. Your generous gift will be recognized in an upcoming edition of Adirondac and may also be recognized in other publications and electronic communications. You will receive special recognition in the Annual Report, free parking for a year at ADK facilities, and an invitation to an exclusive event.
  • Sugar Maple Circle $500 - $999
  • White Pine Circle $1,000 - $2,499 Gifts at this level can be recognized with a Bronze Leaf on our Tree of Giving. 
  • Red Spruce Circle $2,500 - $4,999 Gifts at this level can be recognized with a Silver Leaf on our Tree of Giving.
Summit Society
Join the Summit Society with your gift of $5,000 or more to the Annual Fund. Your generous gift will be recognized in an upcoming edition of Adirondac and may also be recognized in other publications and electronic communications. You will receive special recognition in the Annual Report, free parking for a year at ADK facilities, and an invitation to an exclusive event.
  • Hunter$5,000 - $24,999 Gifts at a level of $5,000-$9,999 can be recognized with a Gold Leaf on our Tree of Giving. Gifts at a level of $10,000-$24,999 can be recognized with a Foundation Stone on our Tree of Giving. Click here to order Leaf or Foundation Stone
  • Slide $25,000 - $99,999 Gifts at this level can be recognized with a foundation Stone on our Tree of Giving. Click here to order Foundation Stone.
  • Whiteface $100,000 - $499,999 Gifts at this level are eligible for a Naming Opportunity. Click here for a current list of Naming Opportunities.
  • Haystack $500,000 - $999,999 Gifts at this level are eligible for a special recognition. Contact Catherine@adk.org or call 518-668-4447 ext. 23 to learn more.
  • Marcy $1,000,000+ Gifts at this level are eligible for a special recognition. Please contact Catherine@adk.org or call 518-668-4447 ext. 23 to learn more.
Naming Opportunities
Create a lasting legacy and inspire others with your name, or that of a loved one inscribed on ADK property. Naming Opportunities can be secured with a one-time gift, a bequest, or with your pledge paid in installments over one to five years. Click here for Naming Opportunities



Contact Development Director Catherine Forbes at 800-395-8080 Ext. 23 or Catherine@adk.org for more information on charitable giving to the Adirondack Mountain Club, Inc.

Adirondack Mountain Club, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
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