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Join the Riverbend community as we work together to learn about and protect our natural world. Your help today gives our youth the tools and passion needed to care for our spectacular earth.

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Whether heading into Philadelphia to teach preschoolers who touch a box turtle for the first time or hosting a suburban group diving deeper into aquaponics in our greenhouse, Riverbend relies on support from you to implement our programs. We're incredibly grateful to those in the community who share our belief in this mission.  

Consider a generous gift that nurtures the hope, new talent, and conviction needed to protect our natural world.

Making an online gift today is an easy and immediate way to invest in Riverbend’s programs and preserve. 

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Ways to Give

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Gifts in Honor & Memory

A tribute gift is a wonderful way to acknowledge a special occasion in someone’s life or honor the memory of a loved one -- while also supporting the work of Riverbend Environmental Education Center.

Upon receiving your fully tax-deductible gift, a card is sent to the honoree or their loved ones to let them know of your generosity (the gift amount is kept private).  Gifts are also recognized in our semi-annual newsletter, NatureConnect.


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Join the Red Barn Society

Riverbend’s Red Barn Society are those leaders who invest annually in the Riverbend mission through cumulative gifts of $1,000 or greater. Riverbend Red Barn individuals, families, and businesses support a treasured 30-acre preserve with diverse native habitat and essential environmental education programs that serve Greater Philadelphia. Red Barn Society contributors are invited to an annual gathering honoring their deep commitment, traditionally in September with Friends of Bend.

Please contact Lisa Hancock for more information.

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Matching Gifts

Take that extra step to complete your company’s matching gift form and include it with your gift! Corporate matching gifts provide a growing source of revenue for environmental education programs and give YOU the satisfaction of knowing your company supports a cause you believe in. Some companies will additionally match donations from retirees or employees who donate a specified number of volunteer hours to an organization.  Across the country, more than 4,300 companies match volunteer time.

1. Obtain and complete an Employee Matching Gift Form from your employer.

2. Email form to lhancock@riverbendeec.org or mail to:

Attn.:  Matching Gifts
Riverbend Environmental Education Center
1950 Spring Mill Road
Gladwyne, PA  19035

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A Gift That Keeps Giving

You can support environmental education now and well into the future. No matter the size of your estate or age, your will empowers you to name the people and organizations, such as Riverbend Environmental Education Center, who can put your assets to work for good. We encourage you to consider a generous gift that helps protect a 30-acre preserve with historic barn and farmhouse while nurturing the talent and conviction needed to protect our natural world.

The simplest, most common planned gift is naming the center as a beneficiary in your will, IRA, qualified retirement plan, or life insurance policy. This option is revocable and it does not affect your current finances. It can, however, create a lasting impact on a community and a special preserve you care about.

Sample bequest language:

I bequeath ____% of my residuary estate (or $___________) to Riverbend Environmental Education Center, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable cultural organization, located in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, for its ongoing film, live performance, and other programs. Federal Tax I.D. number: 23-7455526.

Thank you for considering a gift that keeps on giving!

For more information on leaving a bequest to Riverbend Environmental Education Center, please contact Lisa Hancock.

Note: For advice or assistance in specific cases or whether to make certain a considered gift fits well into your overall circumstances and planning, the services of a professional legal and/or financial advisor should be obtained.

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Your Gift of Appreciated Stock May Have Multiple Benefits!

Gifts of securities, such as stock, that have increased in value are a popular asset used for charitable giving because of the mutual benefits provided to the charitable organization (us) and the donor (you).

How it works...

Selling a stock or bond that has appreciated in value subjects the individual seller to a tax on that capital gain. A public charity, such as Riverbend Environmental Education Center, is not subject to income taxation therefore it can sell your donated securities without being subject to the capital gains tax. Additionally, a charitable gift of securities held for over one year often entitles the donor to an income tax deduction equal to the value of the security at the time it is given to the charity.

When you are ready to give...

You can notify us of your intent to donate stock by calling Laurie Bachman, Executive Director, or Lisa Hancock, Director of Development, at 610-527-5234. So we can accurately acknowledge your gift, you may wish to follow the directions on our stock transfer form.

Disclaimer: The material presented in this message and elsewhere by Riverbend Environmental Education Center is not offered as legal or tax advice. Neither the author, the publisher, nor Riverbend Environmental Education Center is engaged in legal or tax advisory service. For advice or assistance in specific cases or whether to make certain a considered gift fits well into your overall circumstances and planning, the services of a professional legal and/or financial advisor should be obtained.

For more information please contact

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Lisa Ver Hage Hancock

Director of Development