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Bridge Loans for Conservation Purchases

Borrowing from Revolving Loan Funds

Low and no interest, short-term loans are available to help nonprofit organizations complete land and easement purchases for conservation purposes.

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Sep 18, 2014
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Crowdfunding for Land Trusts

Crowdfunding is a web-based fundraising technique that can generate many small donations in support of an endeavor.

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Feb 09, 2018
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Donation Agreements

A donation agreement may be used to ensure that a donor’s promise can be relied upon, set the expectations of both donor and donee, and prevent misunderstandings.

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May 08, 2018
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Donation by Will

Options and Issues Regarding Gifts of Cash, Land, and Other Property

Donors who want to help a worthy charity but also need to ensure that they have sufficient assets to live comfortably until life's end may choose to make some gifts via their wills.

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Nov 03, 2017
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Donation of Stock and Other Securities

For both donors and donees, the donation of stock and other marketable securities can be more advantageous than a cash donation.

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May 14, 2018
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Installment Agreement

An installment agreement requires the buyer of real estate to pay the seller the purchase price in installments over time; the buyer takes immediate possession of the property but the seller retains legal title as security until the buyer pays in full. An installment agreement can be a low-cost, flexible alternative to a traditional mortgage loan.

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Oct 17, 2017
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Optimizing Direct-Mail Fundraising Appeals

Letters, Envelopes, Follow-Up, and Digital Integration

A collection of links to resources that can help organizations large and small raise more money from their appeal letters.

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Sep 14, 2018
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Pennsylvania Local Governments May Support Land Trusts

In Pennsylvania, local governments may give money, land and easements to land trusts.

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Aug 26, 2015
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Planned Giving

Planned giving programs play an important role in charitable fundraising.

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Jun 04, 2019
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Restricted Gifts

Issues to Consider Before Making or Taking a Gift for a Specific Purpose

A restricted gift of cash, land, easement or other property may only be used for a particular purpose rather than an organization’s general purposes. Both donor and donee need to be aware of the issues raised by limiting the use of a gift.

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Sep 16, 2015
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Seller Take Back Financing

When a seller wants to close a sale of real estate but the buyer is not yet in a position to fully fund the purchase, the parties can close the sale with the seller taking from the buyer a purchase money note and mortgage in lieu of an all-cash payment.

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Jan 22, 2019
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