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Membership Spotlight: Megan Brakeley

Megan Brakeley


A graduate of Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Science, Megan Brakeley and her family live on the banks of Otter Creek in Middlebury. Only 50 feet from the water's edge, she knows that floodplain management upstream will keep her family's 209-year-old house safe from flooding.

Megan studied fluvial geomorphology and water resource management and says, "I can't help but be thankful that groups like VLT are in place to bring all these pieces--sustainable working land use, conservation, and a healthy respect for the power of rivers--together. Supporting VLT is the best flood insurance we can purchase." Thank you, Megan, for your commitment to conservation!

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VLT membersThanks to members’ support, we have protected forests, farms, shorelines, wildlife habitat, and public trails in virtually every corner of Vermont. Learn about what we've accomplished lately by visiting our news page.

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  • Receive our publications, including our newsletter and beautiful annual report.
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When you make a gift, your investment guarantees that open space and a working landscape will be part of Vermont’s way of life—forever.

Did you know? 90% of every dollar raised goes directly toward our work conserving land and an efficient 10% is used for administrative and fundraising expenses.

VLT is a 501(c)(3) and your gift is tax deductible.

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Gifts of any size are welcome and appreciated.

Introductory Member: $35
Supporting Member: $50
Protector: $100
Friend of Vermont: $250
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Steward: $2,500
Conserver: $5,000
Guardian: $10,000

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  • Donate online using our secure giving page.
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  • If your employer matches your charitable contributions, be sure to include any matching gift information.

Sustaining Memberships

Sign up for a sustaining membership and make a monthly gift to VLT via your bank or your credit card. Often a donor is happy to make a larger annual gift when spread out in increments over time.

Gift Memberships

Looking for a unique, local gift for your friends or family? Why not give a gift membership to VLT for birthdays, holidays, or any special occasion?

Giving in Honor of Others

Honorary and Memorial Giving: Some members like to give in honor of a living or deceased person. If you do this, we will send notification to the recipient (or survivors) telling them that you have made a gift in their name.

Weddings: Are you getting married in lovely Vermont? Would you like to commemorate the occasion in a meaningful and personal way? Several soon-to-be-wed couples have chosen to include the Vermont Land Trust in their gift registry. A wedding couple may give a gift to VLT in honor of their guests, or may ask their guests to choose philanthropy as a gift to them.

If you would like to learn how to make honorary gifts, contact our Development Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., at (802) 262-1204 to discuss your honorary or memorial giving options.



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