ways to give

Make a monthly gift that keeps conservation going all year long.

Become one of our sustaining donors whose generosity makes an ongoing difference when we need it most… All contributions, of any size, are welcome.


Join those who care about Southern Illinois and help conserve and celebrate the very essence of what makes it so special.

All contributions, of any size, are welcome…


Questions? Feel free to call Mallory Ketcherside, Director of Donor Relations, at (618) 566-4451 ex 10 or email at mallory.ketcherside@heartlandsconservancy.org if you have questions or would like to brainstorm about ways you can contribute. Your generosity can make all the difference to the farms, forests, wildlife, and communities of Southern Illinois.

Other Ways to Give

Dedications and Memorials

You can honor someone special to you with a gift that will last for generations to come. Learn more.

Gifts from your IRA

If you are 70.5 or older and have a traditional IRA, you can make a donation directly from your IRA account without it being considered a taxable distribution. Learn more.

Gifts of Stock

Donating stocks allows you to avoid the capital gains tax and if you itemize deductions, you can also take a charitable deduction for the entire donation amount. Learn more.

Planned Giving

Your love of the land can live on in the hearts and minds of those you touch through a Planned Gift to HeartLands Conservancy. There are many ways to achieve your goals. Learn more.

Tribute Trees

Plant a tree in honor or in memory of a loved one. Trees will be planted at one HeartLands Conservancy’s properties or in a publicly accessible forest in our region. Learn more.

Gifts from Donor-Advised Funds

Donor-Advised Funds (DAFs) are investment accounts for the sole purpose of supporting charitable organizations.

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Off-Set Your Air Travel

Offset the impacts of your carbon and green house gas emissions from air travel out of MidAmerica Airport. Learn more.

Gifts of Property

Jumpstart conservation in Southern Illinois with a gift of property. You can donate a house, a business property, a vacant parcel in town, etc. 

Business Sponsorships

Raise your business profile. Help keep Southern Illinois a great place to live, work, and recreate by sponsoring a program, event, or conservation publication. Our business sponsorship program offers creative ways for companies to show their commitment to conservation and the communities they serve.  Learn more. 


Gifts of Conservation Land

Expand or create a new conservation area or farm by donating your conservation property to HeartLands Conservancy.

Contact Mary Vandevord, President & CEO, at (618) 566-4451 ex 20 or mary.vandevord@heartlandsconservancy.org 


Share Your Time & Talent

As a volunteer for HeartLands Conservancy, your time and talent is what makes conservation and our community programs happen day-in, and day-out. Learn more about volunteering. 

Gifts of Supplies and Other In-Kind Items

Donate supplies for stewarding natural areas and farmland (such as tools or safety gear), administrative items (such as paper or office supplies), or restoration items (such as native plants or trees). Gifts of any size make a big impact for conservation in southern Illinois.

Please contact Mallory Ketcherside at (618) 566-4451 ex 10 or mallory.ketcherside@heartlandsconservancy.org for questions or to brainstorm ideas.