Donations are an important way to show your support of our efforts. Wintonbury Land Trust is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) 3 corporation. All gifts made to the Trust are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Online donations are securely processed by Stripe. Or print our donation form (PDF), and mail with a personal check to Wintonbury Land Trust, P.O. Box 734, Bloomfield, CT 06002. There are many ways to give:
Planned giving for the future creates a legacy for you and your family, and notes your commitment to preserving Bloomfield’s natural resources. If this interests you, please consult your attorney about the tax benefits you and/or your heirs could realize. Some options are:
For additional information, consult with your attorney, and contact us. A Land Trust representative will contact you.
Update: We are saddened to share Phil Douville passed in August 2020 (obituary). We will miss his gentle kindness and wry sense of humor. Our condolences go out to Cheryl and Phil’s family.
If you try to call Cheryl or Phil when the temperature is over 40°, you aren’t likely to get through. They’ll be in the garden, Cheryl tending to nearly 400 different cultivars of daylilies among many other plants, and Phil constructing a patio or arbor. Retired from careers in library science and teaching chemistry at CCSU, they now are connected to the land … and the Land Trust.
Not surprisingly, it started with our Garden Tour in 2011. Cheryl’s garden was one of the five featured in our first big fund-raising and community-building event. Later Cheryl made one of the substantial donations to conserve the Stout Family Fields. Phil jumped in during the campaign to restore Hawk Hill Farm’s barn in 2015. When the project was described to him, he said, “I like barns,” and promptly walked inside to write a $1,000 check. Cheryl matched him.
They have been regular donors and dues-paying members ever since, but with completely different approaches. Cheryl joins year by year. Phil became a lifetime member. Cheryl makes a year-end donation. So does Phil, but he budgets for it on a monthly basis. Each supports five to ten other non-profits, mainly in the environmental arena, but we are number one for both of them.
Why? Cheryl recalls when she first drove to Bloomfield, before even considering moving here, she was amazed by all the openness. “Then while I was working on the house I’d drive back to Newington and feel claustrophobic. It’s like a miracle that I’m here. I’m so impressed with all the work the Land Trust does that I’m happy to support them in the way that I can: with money.”
Phil mentioned their enjoyment of “meeting new people and learning new things about wildlife” at our annual meetings and noted “it’s better for our mental health not to be surrounded by concrete.” Both strongly support “giving locally to make our lives better locally” and think it is “really cool” that we’re not only purchasing land but also restoring barns and using it for farming.