Dear Schiff Members, Neighbors, Visitors, and Friends,
It is my sincere hope that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy. In these unprecedented times, please know that our community's mental and physical health has been a driving factor in Schiff's decision to remain open. These past few months have reinforced something we know all too well; people need and appreciate access to open spaces for exercise, rejuvenation, contemplation, and solace. During the last few weeks, Schiff has received many emails, letters and calls expressing gratitude for our decision to remain open. We thank the many new members who have joined.
The Board of Trustees of Schiff Natural Lands Trust, Inc has mobilized to match gifts up to $10,000. Due to their dedication and generosity, your giving will be matched dollar for dollar. Your family membership of $50, your gift of $100, $250, $500, or more, will be doubled and go twice as far to help Schiff continue to operate, maintain the trails and buildings, and in time, resume programs and guided hikes.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be an extraordinary challenge for all of us. It has prompted us to think about giving and caring, not only for our loved ones and close friends, but for our entire community, and our treasured outdoor spaces. As a small independently owned and operated non-profit nature preserve, the cancellation of all of our educational and recreational programs and fundraising events has significantly decreased Schiff's operating revenue. Despite this crucial loss of funds, we continue to maintain our trails, make repairs to our buildings and facilities.
We invite you to join all of our trustees and staff in participating in this vital campaign, and donate today to the Schiff Nature Preserve. Your giving will be matched dollar for dollar, allowing you to have twice the impact.
We know that this is a challenging time for many people, but contributions at ANY level will make a difference to our small organization. Your financial support enables us to continue to offer this beautiful land for the public to enjoy. Thank you for your consideration and please take every precaution to keep yourself, your family, and your community safe and healthy.
Thank you and stay well.
Marissa S. McDonnell, M.D. President, Schiff Natural Lands Trust, Inc.
P.S. Additionally, thanks to the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, all taxpayers may take a charitable deduction of up to $300, even if you do not itemize. Plus, for those of you who do itemize, the new law allows for cash contributions to qualified charities such as Schiff Natural Lands Trust, Inc. to be deducted up to 100% of your adjusted gross income for the 2020 calendar year.