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RTC envisions an America fully accessible through a nationwide network of trails and greenways. Support from bequests makes a significant difference in what we can accomplish and brings us closer to our vision of a "connected" America.

There is no greater legacy that we can leave to future generations.

Who Can Make a Bequest?

Naming RTC in a will is an effective way for people of all means to make a lasting gift for rail-trails. Many of our friends who would like to make a significant gift to RTC may need their capital for themselves and their families during their lifetime. They have discovered that by making a bequest through their wills, it is possible to provide for the future of rail-trails without neglecting other responsibilities.

A bequest to RTC is not subject to federal or state inheritance taxes. Your estate receives a tax deduction for the full fair-market value of your bequest. A will is essential if you wish to make a bequest to RTC. You should consult a lawyer, whether you are making a will for the first time or adding a codicil to an existing will.

Become a Member of RTC's Heritage Circle

Should you decide to include RTC in your estate plan, you will be eligible for membership in RTC's Heritage Circle, which includes the following benefits:

  • Special Heritage Circle correspondence
  • A complimentary copy of RTC's annual Rail-Trail Calendar
  • Acknowledgment in RTC's annual report and other publications
  • Invitations to RTC receptions, conferences and donor excursions

If you are interested in including RTC in your long-term plans, learn more about the five ways bequests can be made to RTC.

To join the Heritage Circle, simply download and complete the enrollment form and return it to—

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Heritage Circle
2121 Ward Court, NW, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
Fax: 202.223.9257

If you wish to remain anonymous in RTC publications, indicate this on the enrollment form.