My True Home by Susan Whalton, LTEP “The Mark Eddy...
Establishment of the Legacy Fund 2020
A Gift from The Past —-A Promise for The Future – Your Legacy!
Our landscape continues to change by population growth. Jim Keel, Land Trust, President in 1998, challenged the Board to not just look ahead “a land trust has to look over the horizon”. Our horizon 25 years from now should not be that of easement islands of green landscapes surrounded by roofs and tar. The decisions we make today will determine what will be available for future generations.
As we plan for the future, one of our goals is to maintain financial sustainability. To this end we have established a Legacy Fund with the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation, also celebrating their 25th anniversary, to create a sustainable, growth fund. Just as the protection and conservation of easements goes on forever, so will the Legacy Fund to provide resources to augment costs related to maintaining, and establishing easements. Our goal is to influence new easements to protect our community’s land and important water resources. Our operating costs will continue to be covered by our annual fund raising. We look forward to working together with the Community Foundation to build a vision for the next 25 years and beyond of protecting the beauty, majesty, and precious resources of our region with this Legacy Fund.
Thanks to a committed group of people 25 years ago, devoted to protecting and preserving our natural resources for future generations, the Land Trust of the Eastern Panhandle was formed to support their vision and values.
Today we are grateful for their gift: for the beauty of our region and for the protection of our water resources. It is our responsibility to continue to gift forward for future generations that they may know and enjoy the beauty of the landscape and have safe water.
In addition to personal commitments to preserve the land and its history, two people have already made additional gifts that have established the Legacy Fund. We live in a giving caring community, which is mirrored in the contribution the Community Foundation provides in the Eastern Panhandle. We are pleased to have a part in the Legacy and the future. Join us with your Legacy Gift for the future.