Leave a Lasting Legacy

Gift planning can align your financial goals to support the Northern Forest Center.

Which type of gift is right for you? Please contact Lila Thorne, Director of Development, for answers to any questions and to talk through the best option for you. Call Lila at 603-933-2159 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Simply name the Northern Forest Center in your will or trust. Bequests are a popular way to make a future gift.

Beneficiary Designations

Designating “The Northern Forest Center, Inc.” as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, life insurance policy, checking or savings account is the simplest planned gift. There is no charge to make a beneficiary designation, and you can save your estate from onerous taxes.

Charitable Gift Annuities

A simple, contractual agreement between you and the Center in which you make a gift in exchange for our promise to make payments of a fixed amount to you for life.

Charitable Reminder Trust

You can irrevocably transfer money, securities, or other assets to a trust that will then pay you (or another beneficiary) an income for life or for a period of years. At the death of the surviving beneficiary or at the end of a term of years, the remaining principal in the trust goes to support the Northern Forest Center.

Charitable Lead Trust

This type of trust allows you to provide an inheritance to your children and make a significant charitable gift through your estate. Typically, income from the trust flows to the Northern Forest Center for a stated number of years, after which the assets in the trust are distributed to your heirs.

Endowment Gift

While the Center's priority is to secure unrestricted funds to support immediate program needs, you may designate a gift to build the Center’s endowment fund during your lifetime or as part of your estate plan. Gifts to the Center of $25,000 or more may be designated to The Northern Forest Fund at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Vermont Community Foundation or you may request your gift be used to establish a similar fund at a Maine or New York community foundation to support the Center’s mission.


nfc testimonials Harold Janeway

"What do Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York have in common besides the border with Canada? The answer is both the Northern Forest, with all its benefits, and a set of common challenges, including aging population and limited opportunities for high quality employment. The Center was founded in the belief that if four states could speak and act as one, they could accomplish more than acting alone. That’s become increasingly evident, thanks in large part to the Center’s effectiveness in program delivery and its ability to represent the region in Washington, D.C. I’m proud to support the Center and its mission."

—Harold Janeway, Board Member and Retired Investment Adviser