Gifts of Cash

There is no easier way to garner a charitable deduction for 2013 – and support Orient Land Trust at the same time – than by simply writing a check or making a donation on-line with a credit/ debit!  When renewing your membership in OLT, please consider adding on a donation to support the broader mission of OLT that includes, besides the hot springs, open space land conservation, environmental education, sustainable agriculture/ ranching practices, holistic grazing and permaculture systems, and job skills training for youth of the valley.   

Benefits of a Gift of Cash

  • It’s the simplest asset with which to make your donation — no appraisal or acceptance requirements as with gifts of appreciated property. 
  • Delivers a gift that Orient Land Trust can use immediately and is the easiest for OLT to accept.
  • You receive a full charitable deduction, and apply it against a larger percentage of your taxable income than a deduction for a property gift.

There's an extra benefit:

You can claim the entire amount of your cash gift as a charitable income tax deduction up to the amount allowable by the IRS – please consult your tax advisor concerning this allowable amount.  

Make sure your mail envelope, money-order, wire transfer or on-line donation is postmarked, dated or charged by the end of the year on December 31st.   If it is, your gift will qualify as a 2013 gift even if it not received by OLT until the first week of 2014.  The check should be made out to Orient Land Trust. 


Although a cash gift can provide immediate benefit to OLT, you can also use it to fund a life-income plan such as a charitable gift annuity.

For the education, enjoyment, and well-being of current and future generations, Orient Land Trust: 
promotes a positive clothing-optional experience at all properties including Valley View Hot Springs, Orient Mine and Everson Ranch;
preserves the viewshed, including land acquisition; 
protects natural, wild, agricultural, and historic resources, in the northern San Luis Valley.