Support Us

The Hitchcock Center is a community-supported organization: 40% of our operating budget each year comes from individual contributions. Our members and supporters come from 25 states, as well as community-minded businesses and organizations. We invite you to join us in our mission to educate and to inspire action for a healthy planet!

Your tax-deductible gift today helps to harness the power of education and build the next generation of environmental problem solvers.


Did you know that the Hitchcock Center offers complimentary benefits to EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare cardholders? Learn more about the Card to Culture Program.

Giving Tuesday

November 28, 2023 is Giving Tuesday — a global day of online giving. Support education for a healthy planet by making a donation to the Hitchcock Center.

Business Partnership Program

Proud to be a part of the 1% for the Planet network!

The Hitchcock Center relies on our community-minded Business Partners to support a wide array of programs and special events. You can demonstrate your commitment to your clients and community by partnering with the Hitchcock Center today!

Learn more about the sponsorship and recognition opportunities on our Business Partnership page.

Contact: Shelly Kahan, Development and Database Coordinator.

Scholarship Gifts

Our Nature Summer Camp programs help young people to discover the wonders of nature, make new friends, and develop self-esteem during these critical non-school months. Scholarship gifts in any amount allow us to support more youth from low-income households in building positive outdoor experiences and developing a lifelong connection to our natural world.

Visit our Scholarship Fund page for more information, or send an email to Jeff Mazur, Camp Director.

Other Ways to Give

Donating Stock

Are you interested in making a charitable gift that may yield double tax benefits and additional savings? If so, a gift of appreciated stock may be right for you.

A gift of stock may provide more benefits than a cash gift. When you make a gift of stock to the HItchcock Center, by eliminating the capital gains tax that would be due upon selling the stock, you receive tangible tax-savings and benefits while also supporting the humanitarian mission. A gift of stock may be right for you if:

  1. You are holding stocks that have risen in value. If your stocks are highly appreciated, you may find yourself with a hefty tax bill when it comes time to sell. By using these securities as a gift, you can avoid the capital gains tax on any paper profit.
  2. You would like to maximize your deduction while not affecting your liquidity. If you decide to make a gift of stock, you not only retain your cash assets, but you also receive a charitable tax deduction for the full fair market value of the stock that you’ve owned for more than one year. 

Planned Giving

You can show your personal commitment to a healthy planet, and set an example for others by remembering the Hitchcock Center in your will, trust, or other planned gift. No gift has a more lasting impact.

A planned gift also offers you many potential advantages: the opportunity to increase spendable income, the elimination or reduction of capital gain taxes and possibly federal and state estate tax savings.

Please consult with your financial or legal advisor to include such a provision in your will. If you have included the Hitchcock Center in your estate plans, please let us know so that we can properly thank you and acknowledge your generosity.

Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs)

Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs), also known as IRA Charitable Rollovers, are the savviest way for individuals age 70½ or older to use their IRAs to maximize their charitable impact.

A QCD is a direct transfer of funds from your IRA custodian, payable to a qualified charity such as the Hitchcock Center. QCDs can be counted toward satisfying your required minimum distributions (RMDs) for the year, as long as certain rules are met.

In addition to the benefits of supporting education for a healthy planet, a QCD excludes the amount donated from taxable income, which is unlike regular withdrawals from an IRA. Keeping your taxable income lower may reduce the impact to certain tax credits and deductions, including Social Security and Medicare.

Consider donating to the Hitchcock Center through your Donor Advised Fund (DAF)!

Your online shopping through GoodShop saves you money with special coupons and exclusive discounts, while giving back to the Hitchcock Center. It’s easy to register, just click the logo below to learn more!

Do you have a used car, truck, boat, or ATV to donate? Cars Helping America will take care of all the work, at no cost to you! You receive a tax-deduction and the Hitchcock Center receives the proceeds from the sale of your vehicle. Click the logo to visit their website and learn more about this local business helping to give back.

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