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Help Sustain the Sonoran Desert

Your gift preserves natural open space.

As one of the leading volunteer organizations in the nation, a committed partner in scientific research and an indispensable educational resource for our community, we depend on supporters like you who care about nature and understand that the threats to our natural world have never been greater.

We would gladly assist you with ways to make a gift that is meaningful to you and has a lasting impact for McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. Please contact our Development Team by email at or by phone at 480.998.7971 x109.


2020 Cares Act
2021 Tax Incentives Extended

Gifts That Make an Impact Now

You can make an immediate difference NOW and ensure a culture that preserves and values natural open space.

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Make a Gift By Mail

Download this form to send a check by mail. Please note that checks must be made payable to McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.

Give from Your Donor Advised Fund

You can give a gift from your Donor Advised Fund. You'll enjoy tax benefits today and can make gifts later or whenever you're ready.

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Giving Through a Donor Advised Fund

Click the link below, type your fund provider name and the system will prompt you through the process.

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Gift of Stocks or Bonds

You might consider donating appreciated stock or bonds instead of cash. The gift allows you to avoid paying the capital gains tax on any increase in value of the stock.

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Giving Stocks or Bonds

Send this form to your stockbroker.

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IRA Charitable Rollovers

If you are 70-1/2 or older, your gift can be a Qualified Charitable Distribution of funds from your IRA directly to McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. Your gift does not create taxable income and counts towards your annual required distribution.

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IRA Charitable Rollover

Your can give up to $100,000 or $200,000 for married couples without having to pay income taxes on the money.

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In Memory or Honor of Someone Special

A memorial or honorary gift is a meaningful way to express your love, admiration and gratitude for someone special. Your gift will be a lasting tribute.

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In Memory or In Honor

Honor your friends, family, and loved ones by making a tribute gift to the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. The Conservancy will send an acknowledgment to the family or person you would like to honor.

If you would prefer to reach out to us directly, we will gladly work with you to create a meaningful recognition. Please contact our Development Team by email at or by phone at 480-998-7971 x109 to get started.

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Matching Gift from Your Employer

A great way to double your impact, many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees.

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Matching Employer Gift

If your company has a matching gift policy, request a matching gift from your employer, and send it, completed and signed, with your gift.

To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, click HERE.

Give While You Shop

Several online and retail stores will contribute a percentage of your purchase total to McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. It's an easy way to contribute - and it costs you nothing!

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Legacy Gifts

The power to protect the Sonoran Desert for future generations is up to you. You can Leave a Legacy gift with nothing more than your signature. When you decide to include the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy in your estate plan or as a designated beneficiary, you will support the impact Science, Education and Stewardship has on our unique ecosystem. It is one of the most meaningful things you can give to future generations and we’d be honored by your thoughtfulness.


Conservancy Cars

Let us do the maintenance! Do you have a vehicle you no longer need? When you donate a vehicle to the Conservancy, you enable us to do the ecological maintenance needed to keep the McDowell Sonoran Preserve healthy for the flora and fauna who live amongst its 30,500+ acres, and recreation ready for the 1.2 million people that visit the Preserve annually.

All vehicles are accepted, running or not including: trucks, boats, RV’s, motorcycles, and more. If you are unsure if your vehicle can be donated, please call CARS vehicle donation support team at 855-500-7433.

How to Donate Your Vehicle

  1. Call 855-500-7433 or complete the online donation CARS vehicle donation support team is available seven days a week and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
  1. Schedule your free pick-up. We will arrange to have a licensed tow company pick up your vehicle at a convenient time and at no cost to you.
  1. The Conservancy receives 70% of the funds from the sale, and you qualify for a tax deduction! Vehicle donations are tax-deductible, and the Conservancy and our partner, CARS, work to get the highest return per vehicle for us. In most cases, when the driver arrives to tow your vehicle, you’re provided with the donation receipt. You will be mailed a thank-you letter within 30 days of the sale of the vehicle from CARS, which also serves as a donation tax receipt.


Gifts With Financial Benefits to You

Maintain your current lifestyle, increase your financial security, and lower your taxes. You can receive fixed annual income and your gift will empower awareness and actualize global preservation through science, research, learning, and teaching.

Gifts That Pay You Income

When making a gift to McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, you shouldn’t feel like you are choosing between your philanthropic goals and financial security. Gifts that allow you to support the Conservancy while receiving income for life are Charitable Gift Annuities and Charitable remainder trusts.

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Gifts That Pay You Income

Potential benefits include:

  • Charitable income tax deduction
  • Increased income
  • Up-front capital gains tax avoidance

Gifts That Reduce Your Taxes

Many supporters like you are looking for ways to make a difference while reducing the amount of money that goes toward taxes. It’s not only possible, it’s easy to do with a beneficiary designation.

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Gifts That Reduce Taxes

For example, you can name us as beneficiary of the following assets:

  • Retirement Plan Assets
  • Life Insurance
  • Commercial Annuities
  • Bank Accounts, Certificates of Deposit (COD) or Brokerage accounts
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Become a Corporate Partner

A Conservancy Corporate Partner ensures the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is a vibrant environmental steward in our community. Learn how gifts from your company’s community support funds, gifts of trade, or in-kind gifts, provides your organization as a philanthropic leader.

Corporate partners with the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy enjoy increased marketing visibility, exclusive benefits, and strengthened community and employee engagement.

By becoming a corporate partner, your company gains exposure to our loyal supporters and special events. We work closely with corporations to understand their business objectives and customize opportunities to meet their specific partnership goals.

Learn how your business can benefit by getting involved with McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, with a cash or trade investment, by contacting our Development Team by email at or by phone at 480.998.7971 x109.

Disclaimer: As with all gift planning, you should consult with your tax advisor and lawyer to determine what strategy is best for your current tax situation and income requirements. Consulting professionals will help ensure that your wishes to make a lasting impact will be fulfilled.

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The Power to Sustain the Sonoran Desert for Future Generations is Yours