Planned Giving

Making a gift in your Will

The soft touch of a butterfly, the gentle nudge of a calf, or the smile on a child’s face after seeing their first owl; fleeting moments that we remember for a lifetime.

You'd like to help Tug Hill Tomorrow more, but feel you cannot make a significant gift today. When you leave a gift through your will to Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust your passion lives on. You can help make sure farms and woodlands are conserved, wildlife thrive, and the young people of Tug Hill get out from behind their computers to experience nature in a way that creates a life-long bond into the future.

Join a growing number of people who are ensuring the future of Tug Hill. Your gift will conserve farms and forests and change the lives of many for generations to come. Making a gift in your will is easy to do and will allow you to take care of friends, family and the lands you love in Tug Hill.

How do donate via your Will

You can donate a stated amount of cash, real-estate (houses, land, businesses), appreciated assets (stock investments or paintings, for example), a portion of your retirement fund or life insurance policy, or the residual after your estate has been processed pursuant to your wishes.

  • You can also stipulate a gift of a specific amount of money from your estate, a percentage of your estate, or even the residual part of your estate.
  • We suggest you consult your attorney or estate planning advisor, and if you have any questions, feel free to call Mark Pacilio, Executive Director, at (315) 779-8240 or email him at

Example language to donate via your Will

“I hereby give to the Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust, a nonprofit located in Watertown, New York, with a business address of 120 Washington Street, Suite 510, Watertown, NY 13601, and with a tax identification number of 22-3115498, the sum of __________ dollars [or describe other gifts or assets] for its general purposes and the use at the discretion of Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust’s Board of Directors.”

Why people choose to make a bequest

  • It is not payable until death, so it does not affect your assets or cash flow during your lifetime.
  • It is revocable – you can change the provisions in your will or trust at any time, and
  • It is private – your will is not filed or made public until your death. Should your circumstances change, you can change your will at any time.

Let us know about your designation in your will so that we can thank you, as well.

Tax benefits

  • Depending on the size of your estate, and if it is subject to estate taxes, your gift could help lower your taxable estate. You won’t receive tax benefits during your lifetime if you make a gift via your Will.
  • To receive tax benefits during your lifetime you would donate a gift of cash, stock, or life estate.


Feel free to call Mark Pacilio, Executive Director, at (315) 779-8240 or email him at