Land conservation & stewardship are forever, that’s why land trusts and legacy giving go hand in hand. Through a planned gift to Loon Echo Land Trust, you can leave a legacy of abundant natural resources, scenic views, working forests, space to recreate, and safeguard our rural character for generations to come.

Ways to Contribute

  • Name LELT to receive a percentage of your estate
  • Include LELT in your will to receive a fixed dollar amount or shares of stock
  • Name LELT as a beneficiary of your Donor Advised Fund, retirement account, or life insurance policy
  • Bequeath personal property or property rights, such as real estate, land, or a conservation easement
  • Pursue a Charitable Gift Annuity

Legacy gifts may provide you or your estate with important tax benefits. Be sure to consult with your attorney or a trusted personal adviser to determine which gift(s) is most appropriate for you. If you have general questions, please contact us at 207-647-4352.

We Want to Thank You

If you are considering making a legacy gift – or have already done so – please let us know so that we can support and thank you.

Please let us know by completing the Bob Chase Legacy Society Pledge Form or email Maggie at membership@lelt.org. You may also let us know of your intentions while remaining anonymous to the public.

Resources & Important Information

The Bob Chase Legacy Society

Anyone who makes a public bequest or other planned gift to Loon Echo becomes a member of the Bob Chase Legacy Society.

Nancy GillisCharter Member

Long-time supporter Nancy Gillis died in 2010, but her legacy will live forever – both through the land she and her husband John donated in 1990 that became the Mayberry Hill Preserve, and later through a generous gift in her will.

I am not certain of the root of my mother’s abiding desire to see our planet preserved,” she said. “I think it in part came from her move to Maine in the late 1940s. She had traveled the world as a child, and always said that Maine was, in her view, the most beautiful spot in the world. My parents loved the Mayberry Hill property. I think their happiest times in life were there.

Terri Gillis, daughter of Nancy Gillis

Anonymous Member

Knowing that the places we love in Maine—the mountains, the woods, and the open spaces—are protected by Loon Echo means a lot to us. The bequest we have made in our will help protect the legacy Loon Echo is creating—enabling our children, grandchildren and generations to come to enjoy those same places.

About Bob Chase

Bob Chase

Bob Chase loved the natural world. Passionate and charismatic, Bob’s vision and leadership were a driving force behind Loon Echo’s initial formation and successes until his passing in 2005. In naming the Legacy Society after Bob, we seek to honor his lifelong commitment to make the world, and especially our special corner of the world, a better place.