At its heart, MLR is a family of individuals who have decided to make land conservation part of their legacy. Perhaps it is part of the nature of a generous family that it welcomes others and hopes to inspire their participation, without regard to age, background, or political inclination. This has been MLR’s experience, and it has taken all of us, playing the roles we are able, to ensure that the Montana we know and love endures in perpetuity. Critical parts are played by landowners with a direct and lifelong connection to the land, by MLR staff, by MLR volunteer directors and trustees, by generous annual fund donors, and by those who have included MLR in their estate plans.To pay tribute to those who have created an enduring legacy of conservation, The Montana Land Reliance has established the Forever Montana Society.
The Forever Montana Society exists to honor those who have left a lasting legacy of conservation, and to inspire others to do the same. With perpetuity in mind, the Forever Montana Society consists of all of MLR’s easement donors and those who have provided for conservation in their overall financial and estate plans, sustaining agricultural lands, fish and wildlife habitat, and open space for generations to come.
Why join the Forever Montana Society?
Your legacy is MLR’s legacy and your help is needed now more than ever. MLR’s commitment to Montana is a lasting one. For every acre MLR protects through perpetual conservation easements, it commits itself to standing shoulder-to-shoulder with responsible private landowners forever. While other conservation-minded groups can move on to the next battle or make way for the next organization, MLR must endure long into the future, forever ready to fulfill its promise of perpetuity. As MLR turns the page on its first million acres, it is mindful that it carries weighty obligations going forward for each of these acres, while still taking a proactive, entrepreneurial, forward-facing approach to protecting the next million acres of agricultural lands, fish and wildlife habitat, and open space. MLR’s twin guiding principles—the perpetual stewardship of the one million acres already under conservation easement, and the critical need to continue a relentless and effective pursuit of land conservation—require ever-increasing financial resources, even as MLR continues to achieve conservation goals at a fraction of the cost of other means.
Joining the Forever Montana Society
Joining the Forever Montana Society is as easy as contacting MLR’s staff to inform them of your intentions. If you have included MLR in your plans, you have its profound gratitude. MLR would love to hear from you to thank you and to ensure it honors your vision for your gift. Your willingness to be recognized as a member of the Forever Montana Society inspires others to follow your example. MLR will always respect your wishes should you want to remain anonymous, but encourages you to contact it to inform it of your plans in any case. MLR wants to thank you personally, offer its confidential assistance should you have any questions about gift and estate planning, and ensure your wishes are properly documented and understood.
There is no minimum gift or requirement to sign a legally binding pledge agreement. The most common pathway to membership is to leave MLR a bequest in your will or trust, and to inform its gift planning staff that you have done so.
A variety of other types of gifts during life and as part of your overall estate planning also qualify you for membership. These gift plans include, but are not limited to:
- Charitable gift annuities
- Charitable trusts
- Gifts of interests in property, such as a remainder interests and undivided interests
- Designating MLR as a beneficiary of your IRA, 401k, or other retirement plan
- Gifts involving life insurance
Forever Montana Society Benefits
- Subscription to our biannual gift and estate planning newsletter
- Invitations to selected events and opportunities to connect with other conservation-minded individuals
- A special Forever Montana Society welcome gift
- Recognition in major publications
- Annual update with MLR managing directors