Planned Giving

Create Your Legacy

Over 100 years ago, Benton MacKaye had a dream to create one of the most extraordinary paths in the world—a trail that was deliberately planned and made for those who love the mountains, who wanted to traverse them, and who wanted to protect this magnificent land forever.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to protect and manage the more than 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail and the surrounding landscape for all to enjoy. We can’t do it without you. Join us in ensuring the A.T. lasts for the next 100 years.

Some planned gifts have an impact now, some in the future. Several offer tax savings, all make a lasting difference to the Trail. Create your legacy today!

Explore Ways to Give

Future Gifts

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Retirement Accounts

Name the ATC as a beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k), and other managed accounts.

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Will or Living Trust

Make a gift to the ATC in your estate plans.


Gifts Now

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Donate Stock

Transfer appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual funds to the ATC and save on capital gains tax.

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IRA Charitable Donations

If you are 70½ or older, you can direct your Required Minimum Distribution to the ATC.

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Donor Advised Funds

Make a grant to the ATC from your donor advised fund.

Photo by Photo by Christopher Randall in the Great Smoky Mountains

Notify Us

Letting the Appalachian Trail Conservancy know of your intended gift will help us plan for our future work and ensure your wishes are fulfilled. Click below to complete a Legacy Confirmation Form.

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Have Questions?

We are here to help you achieve your philanthropic goals. 

Heather Hackett
Director of Gift Planning
Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Our Commitment to You

To use your gift to support the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission to protect, manage, and advocate for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and its surrounding lands.