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Elkhorn Slough Foundation Membership


Join a community that’s making a difference!

Currently, Elkhorn Slough Foundation owns or manages more than 3,500 acres of land in the Elkhorn Slough watershed. These lands are critical to the long-term health of the entire Elkhorn Slough ecosystem. For a relatively small investment today, we will be able to protect the lands in and around the Central Coast’s premiere estuary for years to come.

Charitable contributions are based on each individual’s ability to give and the value the organization’s mission provides to them. The Elkhorn Slough Foundation welcomes gifts of all levels and appreciates your desire to support our work. With your help, we will be able to conserve and restore the Elkhorn Slough and its watershed for a healthier slough now and in the future.

We ask you to consider giving at these special levels:

Renewing your membership? Click here.

Elkhorn Slough Friend
Friends give $35 or more to the Elkhorn Slough Foundation. As a member of ESF, a Friend will receive:

  • a 10% discount in the bookstore,
  • a one-year subscription to Tidal Exchange,
  • information regarding special Foundation events and hikes and activities at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, and
  • recognition based on giving level.

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Magnifying the Slough 2010
Members enjoy a special evening at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve
learning about the microscopic world of the Slough.


Stewardship Circle
Stewards of Elkhorn Slough contribute $1,000 or more to support the work of the Elkhorn Slough Foundation including our land stewardship and acquisition program, as well as our support of ESNERR. Benefits are expanded to special “Steward Only” events held throughout the year.

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Conservation Circle
Conservation Circle members contribute $5,000 or more to support the work of the Elkhorn Slough Foundation. Our “Circle” members receive all the benefits of membership as well as invitations to special events and private tours.

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Land Partner

Land Partners provide generous support to the Elkhorn Slough Foundation’s mission by giving gifts of $10,000 or more annually. Our Land Partners play a major role in protecting Elkhorn Slough. They enjoy the privileges of the Stewardship Circle as well as private tours of ESF lands.

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Sustaining the Slough Program
A monthly or quarterly giving program
By giving monthly or quarterly, your gift will make a big difference to the Elkhorn Slough Foundation without having a major impact on your bank account. As a member of the Sustaining the Slough program, your membership will always remain current- saving you from receiving renewal notices and helping us to reduce our mailing costs. Whether you’re a new or renewing member, it’s easy to set up! You choose the payment schedule (monthly or quarterly) and the amount. Your credit card will automatically be charged monthly or quarterly. You can stop payments any time.

Join the Sustaining the Slough program today!

Download this form to join the Sustaining the Slough Program by mail or fax.


Member sunset hike
Members get access to special hikes on Foundation properties,
like this sunset hike to take in the view.

Other ways to give:


Memorials and Tribute Donations
Making a contribution in someone else's name is a wonderful way to honor that person. The person or family will receive a letter informing them that a gift as been made to honor them or their loved one.

Memorial Gifts - Provide a way of remembering those that have passed away while honoring them through the lasting legacy of conserving the rare and beautiful Elkhorn Slough.

Tribute Gifts - Provide an excellent manner to honor an individual (or group) with a gift that will support the conservation and restoration of the amazing environment of Elkhorn Slough.

 

Legacy Circle
It’s hard to imagine a greater legacy than preserved land. Elkhorn Slough Foundation has promised to care for thousands of acres on the Central California Coast. To assure this perpetual protection, our Board of Directors has established a permanent endowment. You can help ensure the future conservation of the Elkhorn Slough as a member of our Legacy Circle by simply including the Elkhorn Slough Foundation in your will or estate plan. Legacy Circle gifts help build ESF future while also supporting our daily operations.  Unless otherwise specified by the donor, we are committed to placing 75% of received bequest contributions into our Legacy Fund to support the future of ESF.  The remaining 25% of the contribution is put to work immediately to help fund our conservation and restoration efforts today. 

Through your will or revocable living trust, you can specify that a portion of your assets benefit the Elkhorn Slough Foundation beyond your lifetime, and your estate may be able to take a charitable deduction for the amount of your bequest.  You generous legacy will enable future generations to explore and enjoy the Elkhorn Slough.

For more information please contact Lorili Toth at (831)728-5939 or by .


Gift Membership

Give the gift of Elkhorn Slough to friends and family who share the passion for this diverse and amazing environment. Gift members receive member benefits based on gift level (Friend, Stewardship Circle, Land Partner), and you can take a tax deduction for your contribution. They are sure to appreciate your generous thought to help them enjoy and preserve the Elkhorn Slough.

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Gifts of Stock

ESF welcomes stock donations to support our work conserving and restoring the Elkhorn Slough and its watershed. Stock contributions can provide significant tax advantages for you too.

Generally, you can receive an immediate tax deduction for the value of the donated stock at the time you donate it and avoid paying capital gains taxes on stock that has appreciated significantly in value since you purchased it (to qualify you must own your stock for more than one year). Please consult your tax advisor for how donating stock to ESF will best benefit you.

1% for the Planet
The Elkhorn Slough Foundation is a proud participating nonprofit in 1% for the Planet. 1% for the Planet is a growing global movement of thousands of companies that donate 1% of their sales to a network of environmental organizations worldwide. Learn more about Elkhorn Slough’s participation(.pdf, 573KB).

 

To make a regular donation, membership or gift by mail or fax download our donation form.

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