Ways to Support our Cause

 The Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee relies on financial donations to fund the critical work involved in protecting and preserving desert tortoise habitat. Donations are used to fund daily operations, acquire more desert tortoise habitat, install protective fencing, and expand our education and outreach program. There are many ways to donate.

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Donate to our Endowment Fund

The goal of a permanent unrestricted endowment fund is to provide the Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee with a steady source of income to fund the daily operations into perpetuity. This will allow us to grow and meet our objectives without the need of consistent fundraising campaigns. If you are interested in designating your donation towards our endowment fund, please add a special note claiming so.

Donate Land

Do you have a piece of land near the Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area or in an area of prime desert tortoise habitat? We also collect tax-deductible donations of land. Donated land will be managed by us and protected against negative impacts that would affect populations of desert tortoises and other inhabitants. Contact us with the Assessor Parcel Number or Assessor Tax Number for each parcel you are considering donating. We will assess the piece of land and follow-up with you about the donation process.

Bequest us in your Will or Trust

You can create a legacy that will reflect the values you hold dear, while serving as an example for younger generations. A well-designated estate plan can result in your estate paying less tax, allowing you to leave more to your beneficiaries. If you wish to name us in your will or estate plan, we should be named as:

Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee, a non-profit corporation, organized and existing under the laws of the State of California, with principal business address of 4067 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501.

Our tax identification number is 23-7413415.

Make a Stock, Bond, or Mutual Fund Gift

The donation of appreciated marketable securities to the DTPC endowment fund gives donors an excellent charitable tax planning opportunity. Appreciated marketable securities are investments that have increased in value from the time they were purchased. These securities are usually publicly-traded stock, bonds or mutual funds.

Generally, when appreciated securities are sold, the owner typically realizes capital gains equal to the appreciated amount and may be liable for either short-term or long-term capital gains taxes. Rather than selling appreciated securities and making charitable donations, owners may realize greater tax benefits and enhance the impact of their gifts by donating appreciated securities to the DTPC.

If the marketable securities have been held for more than one year, a donor in most cases may be able to deduct the fair market value of the donation without realizing any capital gain. The DTPC is a Cali-fornia Nonprofit Corporation and is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) and California organization. Charitable gifts to the Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee, Inc. are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. Consult your tax professional for complete details.

Join a Workplace Giving Campaign

We are affiliates of Earthshare California, a campaign that allows workers in California to designate a nominal price per pay period ($1, $5, $10, etc.) to be donated to a charity. We are also affiliates of the Combined Federal Campaign, a similar campaign for federal employees. If you are interested in joining one of these campaigns, visit  www.earthshareca.org or www.opm.gov/combined-federal-campaign. Our CFC number is 71985.

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