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Opportunities for Charitable Giving

Membership
Whether you are joining ADK, giving a gift of membership, or renewing your membership, you are making a charitable donation. (ADK is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. Membership fees, excluding $10 for membership benefits, are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.) Membership dues provide 18 percent of ADK’s program support. Join or Renew now!

Annual Fund
When you give an outright gift of cash, ADK directs your donation to one of its most compelling needs. Unrestricted donations make it possible for ADK to identify and prioritize needs and to respond quickly. You may direct your gift to assist one or more of our programs or properties: Conservation, Advocacy, Recreation, Education, Stewardship, Heart Lake Program Center (including Adirondak Loj, High Peaks Information Center, wilderness campground, cabins and lean-tos), Lake George Property, or Johns Brook Lodge (JBL). Read more about ADK's current campaigns. Make a donation to the Annual Fund.

Corporate Matching Gifts
Employer 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 Development Dept, Adirondack Mountain Club, 814 Goggins RD, Lake George, NY 12845. Many employers support ADK in this way, but it is up to YOU!

Memorial and 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. Give online.

Tree of Giving -- ADK has beautiful Tree of Giving with donor "leaves” honoring or memorializing a loved one, occasion, or event. A Tree of Giving is located in the Great Room of the Adirondak Loj and ADK Headquarters in Lake George.

Naming opportunities are available for gifts over $10,000. Scholarship funds and internships have been funded this way. Lean-to construction with naming starts at $15,000.
  • Jane C. Neale Scholarship Fund – Established to provide one or more scholarships for high school students to participate in one or more High School (Teen) Volunteer Trails Projects.
  • Sean Kelleher Memorial Fund -- Established to provide one or more scholarship for a high school student to participate in one or more High School (Teen) Volunteer Trails Projects.
Wilderness Legal Defense Fund
One of the greatest challenges for our advocacy efforts is the lack of resources to take appropriate legal 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 special 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 waters are threatened. (This is a restricted fund, only to be used for the purposes stated above. It is managed by the Adirondack Community Trust.)

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 any of the endowments listed below are investments in 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 Endowment – Receives, holds, and administers gifts and bequests with the income to be used to support ADK’s education programs.
  • Natural History Endowment – Receives, 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 volunteer 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 Endowment – Receives, holds, and administers gifts and bequests with the income to be used to support the Johns Brook Lodge facilities, programs, and property.
  • Jane C. Neale Scholarship Fund – Established to provide one or more scholarships for high school students to participate in one or more High School (Teen) Volunteer Trails Projects.
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 Kelleher Memorial Fund -- Established 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 Program.
  • Memorial Fund – Established for individuals wishing to make a gift in tribute of family or friends. Supports operations of the Club.
  • Third Millennium Fund – Established to receive general, unrestricted gifts, and bequests to support any purpose appropriate to the mission and objectives of ADK.
  • Capital Fund – Established by Ranger Tyler and Mary Tyler to be used to aid in the financing of capital enhancements and new capital acquisitions.
Endowment Funds and Board-Designated Funds are managed by ADK in its investment portfolio.
  • Temporarily Restricted Funds -- Gifts made to these funds are to be used for the specific purpose for which they were established and intended for annual or other short-term purpose.
  • 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 insuring such access.”
  • Recognition Fund -- Established by Marilyn and Peter Gillespie to fund the recognition of volunteers, staff, and others whose support of ADK is particularly appreciated.

Contact Development Director Deborah Zack at 800-395-8080 Ext. 42 or deb@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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