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Ways to Give

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Ways to Give

There are many ways to support our mission to restore and enhance National Forests and Grasslands. Review the options below to see how you can make an impact on the health, resiliency, and accessibility of these important public lands.

We appreciate your support! With our thanks, all donors $25 and above receive two issues of NFF’s magazine and our monthly e-newsletter Tree-Mail™.

The National Forest Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax deductible. Our federal tax ID is 52-1786332.

Donate today to support the National Forest Foundation’s ongoing operations, including conservation work and forest resiliency projects as well as recreation improvements. Your contribution helps ensure a healthy future for National Forests and Grasslands. It also helps sustain the many resources they provide to us all—fresh air and clean water, outdoor recreation experiences, wildlife habitat, and wild places to roam.


Are you passionate about the health, resilience, and accessibility of National Forests and Grasslands? Join our community of monthly supporters! As a monthly donor, you will provide vital, core support for the NFF’s operations and conservation work across the National Forest System. With each monthly gift, your impact on National Forests and Grasslands will grow!


Tribute gifts are a unique way to support National Forests and Grasslands while remembering or honoring a loved one or recognizing a special occasion. This sustainable gift option is available to you year-round, to help celebrate birthdays, graduations, holidays, to remember a loved one, or show someone you care.


Gifts in Lieu/Obituary Language: We are grateful to those families who request donations in their loved one's memory in lieu of flowers. If you would like to direct family and friends to make gifts to the National Forest Foundation, the following is suggested wording for an obituary:

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the National Forest Foundation in memory of _______ , Bldg 27, Ste 3, Fort Missoula Rd, Missoula, MT 59804 or online at

A Donor Advised Fund (DAF) is a convenient way to simplify your charitable giving. This popular giving vehicle generally provides a tax deduction upon the creation of the fund. You can then recommend charitable gifts from the fund to the National Forest Foundation.

Additionally, you can name a beneficiary of your donor-advised fund after your lifetime. You can designate the National Forest Foundation as a recipient of a portion of the remaining account value or the full balance.

If you are 70½ or older, you can make a direct transfer from your IRA to the National Forest Foundation without paying federal income taxes on the amount. Thus, your gift can fulfill a minimum distribution requirement while also providing a significant tax benefit. You can also designate the National Forest Foundation as a beneficiary of your IRA. We encourage you to consult with your financial advisor about this gift option.

Donating appreciated stock is one of the easiest ways to maximize your donation to the National Forest Foundation. By transferring stock to the NFF directly, you can avoid capital gains taxes, which means the value of your direct stock gift would be higher than if you sold the stock and then made a cash donation. You are still eligible to deduct the full fair-market value of the asset you donated from your income taxes, up to the overall amount allowed by the IRS.

Stock Transfer Instructions

By including the National Forest Foundation in your estate plan, you can play an integral role in securing a sustainable future for National Forests and Grasslands. Your planned gift, through your will or charitable trust, will create a legacy of conservation and environmental stewardship. Your lawyer or financial advisor can assist you in making informed decisions that benefit your estate and the causes you wish to support.

Learn More

We welcome the opportunity to discuss your goals and provide additional information about your planned giving options. Please contact Chief Conservation Officer Marcus Selig at [email protected] or 720.437.0290.

Don’t have a will yet? Our partner FreeWill provides free, online estate planning tools that can help you create one in as little as 20 minutes. Start your plan on FreeWill.

Already designated the NFF as a beneficiary? If you've already included a gift in your will or trust to the NFF, please let us know by filling out the form linked below. We want to thank you for your generosity and ensure our records accurately reflect your gift intentions. Notify Our Team.

Did you know that your donation may be eligible for a match from your employer? Check your company’s matching-gift policy to see if your contribution to NFF could be doubled, or even tripled!

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is a workplace giving campaign that allows federal employees to support nonprofit organizations with a one-time gift or through payroll deduction. To support the National Forest Foundation through the CFC, use CFC #12053.

Share your passion and activate your network of friends, family, and colleagues to donate to the National Forest Foundation by starting your own online fundraiser. Whether it’s your birthday, anniversary, or you just love National Forests, your story will inspire your community to donate. Our helpful fundraiser guide and templates will lead you through the process.

Start a Fundraiser to Support Forest Health

Start a Fundraiser to Plant Trees

Give with confidence!

We follow strict accountability and fiscal responsibility rules. The National Forest Foundation has received the highest recognition and ratings from independent nonprofit evaluators, including:

Charity Navigator’s 4-Star Rating

GuideStar-Candid’s Platinum Seal of Transparency

Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance Accreditation

1% for the Planet Member

If you have any questions, or prefer to make your contribution offline, please contact Donor Support at 406.830.3365 or [email protected].