Providing for LRCT in Your Will or Estate Plan

Leave a Legacy for Future Generations

Support for the Lakes Region Conservation Trust through a bequest or other planned gift is a way to make a lasting investment in the conservation of the natural heritage of the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

When you provide for LRCT in your will or estate plan, you join a group of exceptional supporters committed to conserving the special places that define this unique and spectacular region for future generations.



Become a Part of the Legacy Society

The Legacy Society honors individuals who provide future support for LRCT through a planned gift. If you intend to make a planned gift to LRCT, we encourage you to share your plans with us in advance so that we can include you in the Legacy Society, learn more about your specific interests, and discuss how you would like your gift to be directed.

Sharing your plans places you under no obligation. All wishes for anonymity will be honored.

If you are considering making a planned gift to the Lakes Region Conservation Trust and would like further information, please contact President Don Berry (603-253-3301;


Make a Lasting Impact

Support for the Lakes Region Conservation Trust through a planned gift is an effective and powerful way to demonstrate your commitment to the conservation of our region’s natural heritage. By including LRCT in your will or estate plan, you will make a tangible and lasting impact on the conservation and stewardship of the special places that define the Lakes Region.


Plan for the Future

Whatever the size of your estate, planning is essential to ensure that your goals for your assets are fulfilled. Planned giving can take many forms, including a bequest to the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, naming LRCT as a beneficiary of a retirement account or life insurance policy, a charitable annuity, a charitable remainder or lead trust, or a remainder interest in real property. Depending on your particular situation, there could be financial and/or tax benefits to making a planned gift.



Define Your Vision

If you wish to consider a planned gift to LRCT, we would be pleased to assist you in defining your vision for this investment and directing your gift in a way that will best fulfill your wishes for the future. Future support through a planned gift can be directed to LRCT’s endowment or to a particular LRCT program or conserved property.


We Can Help

If you are interested in including a charitable bequest to LRCT as part of your estate plan or establishing another form of planned gift, we would be happy to provide you with guidance. Our staff and advisors are available to meet with you to discuss your objectives and to work with you on this essential planning. In addition, we encourage you to consult qualified professionals (e.g., an attorney or financial advisor) as you move forward.

View LRCT’s Planned Giving Brochure.


Lakes Region Conservation Trust Legacy Fund at NHCF

Thanks to the extraordinary support of former LRCT Board of Trustees Chair Peggy Merritt and her husband Ron Lawler, LRCT and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (NHCF) partnered in 2014 to create the Lakes Region Conservation Trust Legacy Fund. This Fund provides a giving option, in addition to LRCT’s Endowment, for donors who wish to invest in the long-term sustainability of LRCT’s land conservation and stewardship work. Establishment of the fund allows LRCT and LRCT donors to benefit from NHCF’s expertise and professional assistance regarding planned gifts, such as charitable gift annuities. At the time of establishment of the Fund, Peggy Merritt said: “We saw the establishment of a fund at the Charitable Foundation as a wonderful way to create another option for donors who wish to provide support in perpetuity for the Lakes Region Conservation Trust. We think that the Charitable Foundation’s experience in such matters will be of great benefit to LRCT and our donors, and we hope that LRCT’s community will want to take advantage of this opportunity and help us build an even stronger future for our organization.”

If you are interested in learning more about the Lakes Region Conservation Trust Legacy Fund or making a contribution to the Fund, please contact LRCT President Don Berry at 603-253-3301 or


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