Philanthropic Giving

Historic Places Lost Today are Lost Forever

Because historic buildings lost today are lost forever, the National Trust remains as dedicated and vigilant in the face of threats to historic places as we have for the past 60 years. As we weather these challenging times, those who care passionately about historic places must remain firmly resolved to ensure that the importance of preservation is understood by public officials, corporate leaders, and the general public.

The Development Department of the National Trust for Historic Preservation supports the organization's mission by focusing on the cultivation and stewardship of major individual, foundation, and corporate donors. Development staff members collaborate closely with various departments at our Washington, DC headquarters, and work with professionals in our regional and field offices to secure annual operating and program-specific funds.

People Saving Places

People across the country value historic preservation as a philanthropic priority.

Individual contributions, especially annual operating support, are vital to the National Trust and advance all aspects of our work. Through gifts of cash or gifts of securities, individuals make it possible for us to fulfill our mission and help local citizens save the places that matter to them. Several giving programs provide recognition to our generous individual donors, including the Chairman's Circle membership program for those giving more than $5,000 annually, and the National Trust Council, an invitational leadership group that travels twice a year to visit historic communities nationwide.

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National Trust Council at Nine Mile Canyon

Trust donors at Nine Mile Canyon, Utah

Chairman's Circle

The Chairman's Circle is a select group of major donors who annually demonstrate their leadership support in the National Trust by making unrestricted contributions of $5,000 or more within a fiscal year. Gifts at this level strengthen all aspects of the National Trust—from its education and advocacy programs, technical services, statewide partnerships, regional offices network and its excellent collection significant historic sites nationwide.

Chairman's Circle members receive free or discounted admission to all National Trust Historic Sites and properties, as well as discounts at selected Historic Hotels of America and on National Trust merchandise. Members also receive eight (8) complimentary National Trust gift memberships. Gift members receive the full benefits of regular membership, including our award-winning Preservation magazine.

National Trust Council

Established in 1997, the National Trust Council expands the expertise, perspectives, and resources available to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Council members are business, civic, and philanthropic leaders from all areas of American life that share a deep interest in the preservation of America’s heritage.

Members of the National Trust Council:

  • Advise the President and the Board of Trustees on strategic initiatives including work with National Treasures and Preservation Priorities;
  • Support the organization’s financial sustainability through annual five and six-figure gifts and provide leadership support for special funding opportunities;
  • Encourage other key individuals and leaders to connect with the Trust and join the National Trust Council; and
  • Magnify the visibility of the Trust and its core mission of saving places among the general public.

The National Trust Council meets in locations across the country to learn more about the recent work of the Trust and to experience preservation first-hand.

National Trust Council at Grand Teton

National Trust Council at Grand Teton National Park

Our development team is eager to speak with you about how your giving can advance the mission and goals of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and help save historic places and communities nationwide.

Your donation today supports our work to save historic places and preserve our heritage for a better, brighter future.

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