Many Ways to Give

Supporting PEC’s work building strong communities and improving the environment in the Virginia Piedmont can take many forms. In addition to gifts of cash or securities, which are most common, you may also be interested in the following opportunities:

Qualified Charitable Deduction (QCD) — a direct transfer of funds from your IRA custodian, payable to a qualified charity, such as PEC. QCDs can be counted toward satisfying your required minimum distributions for the year, as long as certain rules are met. Unlike regular withdrawals from an IRA, a QCD excludes the amount donated from your taxable income. You must be at least 70.5 years old to take advantage of the QCD. 

In-Kind Gifts — non-financial gifts that support our organizational strategic goals. Examples of in-kind gifts that PEC might accept include: catering for events; farm equipment; landscaping materials; or items or experiences gifted for special event auctions or to be sold to benefit PEC.

Planned Giving — including PEC as a beneficiary in your estate plans. This is one of the most meaningful ways you can ensure the long-term stability of conservation in the Virginia Piedmont. Our cherished planned giving donors have the option to join the Bill Backer Legacy Society. Learn more >>

Volunteer — donating your time and talents. PEC offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities, including planting and harvesting at PEC’s Community Farm, participating in citizen science or research projects, special event coordination, photography, administrative support work and more. Check out for more information on current opportunities.

**In 2020, a measure in the federal coronavirus relief bill grants taxpayers an above-the-line deduction for up to $300 in charitable donations. The tax break is available to people who claim the standard deduction in their 2020 tax returns.

> To learn more about different types of giving, please visit our donations page or contact Karissa Epley at or at 540-347-2334 ext. 7002.