Help Save Land – Become a Member, Today!

With your help, we can all protect the places we love.

Annual Membership:
Becoming a member is an easy way to support CNY Land Trust’s mission and stay up-to-date; $35.00 is the minimum level for an annual membership.

Member levels:

Individual $35 | Family $50 | Water Shed Protector  $100 | Sustaining $250 | Benefactor $500 | President’s Circle  $1,000

Thank you for supporting your local land trust in Central New York!

Give Online

This “donate” button will redirect to CNY Land Trust’s PayPal secure online donation form for credit card use, for making gifts to CNY Land Trust, and for becoming a member. If you choose to use our donate button, please follow up and send in your membership details (Mail-in form below). Thank you.

Give By Mail

Please use our printable form and send in by mail. Thank you!   Mail-in Membership Form

and don’t forget about Matching Gifts:

Often your gift to CNYLT can be magnified by matching funds from companies and foundations. Check with your company’s human resource office to see if your company matches your gifts!

Looking for Volunteer Opportunities?

The Central New York Land Trust counts on volunteers to care for its 49 preserves located in Onondaga and Oswego Counties in New York. Plenty of opportunities for stewardship, or caring for the land, are available by volunteering with CNY Land Trust’s Stewardship Committee. Stewardship takes many different forms and the CNY Land Trust welcomes:

  • corporations and their employee groups
  • community service organizations
  • Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Candidates
  • Girl Scouts
  • youth and student groups of any kind

In addition, CNY Land Trust is seeking volunteers to act as Preserve Stewards.  These volunteers check on one or two of our properties monthly to make sure that everything is as should be, and may even be called in to help if there are any issues with their particular property.

Other active committees seeking to grow, and led by board members, include Fundraising and Acquisitions.  

Please Contact Us with your interest and be sure to check News and Events for upcoming Committee activities. Everyone is welcome!

 10 Other Ways to support Central New York Land Trust

Donor Advised Funds:

A distribution from your donor advised fund is a valuable way to help support the CNY Land Trust mission. As we are a not-for-profit organization, donations can be part of your tax strategy.


Donations of land are frequently made in order to protect a unique or simply beloved natural area where future protection in private hands may be in doubt. All such offers are referred to CNYLT’s Acquisitions Committee for evaluation.

Gifts of Stocks and Bonds:

For full tax benefits, your broker can electronically transfer securities to CNYLT’s broker, or you can send unsigned stock certificates to CNYLT by certified mail.

Gifts from your IRA

As you plan your minimum required distributions for the year, consider using it as a charitable gift.  Individuals ages 70 1/2 and over can make charitable gifts directly from a traditional IRA account without incurring federal income tax on the withdrawal.  The IRA Charitable Rollover provides you with an excellent opportunity to make gifts during your lifetime from an asset that might be subject to multiple levels of taxation if it remained in your taxable estate.

Life Income Gifts:

Gifts of appreciated property can generate income for you with positive tax benefits. One example is a charitable income remainder trust (CRUT)


You can reduce inheritance taxes by designating in your will specific gifts of cash, property or a percentage of the remainder of your estate to CNYLT.

Lead Trusts:

Property or assets can stay in the family while your gift reduces estate taxes and supports CNYLT

Life Insurance:

Designating CNYLT as a beneficiary of a paid-up policy or a new policy helps the organization’s future endowment and provides you with a tax deduction.

Retained Life Estate:

You retain occupancy of the property for life, but give your primary or vacation home or farm to CNYLT for its future income.

Personal Property:

You can deduct the full fair-market value of gifts of personal property (art, antiques, etc.)


Please note that these are simply ways to consider giving to the CNY Land Trust. The CNY Land Trust does not give financial advice and asks you to contact your tax or financial advisor to see what might be best for your circumstances.

Contact Us for more information or call (315)575-8839.