Double Your Donation During Our December Challenge

December 01, 2017
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference


Double Your Donation During Our December Challenge
The Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail in Harriman State Park. Photo by Erik Mickelson.


In the month of December make your gift go twice as far for your trails and trail lands.

Our Giving Week and #GivingTuesday campaign were a success! A huge thank you goes out to the nature lovers and trail walkers who showed such generous support for our work and had their gifts doubled during this special fund drive.

Not to worry if you forgot to take advantage of this dollar-for-dollar match period: You’ve now got the month of December to make your gift go twice as far for trails and trail lands. From Dec. 1 through 31, contributions to the Annual Fund are matched 1:1 (up to $9,900)—that means your gift of $100 becomes a donation of $200 to protect and improve the outdoor experiences you love.

Please consider supporting your trail builders, maintainers, and protectors with a tax-deductible gift to the Trail Conference today. Give to our Annual Fund or choose a specific trail project (see below). Each option has a matching gift, which doubles the impact of your donation.

Ramapo Trails Fund

Thanks to a generous 2:1 matching grant from The William Froelich Foundation and the Bergen County Parks Department, your gift will be double-matched to support significant trail improve­ments in Ramapo Valley Reservation and adjoining trail lands in Bergen County, N.J.

Harriman/Sterling Forest Improvement Project

Thanks to a generous 1:1 matching grant from Michael Bruno and the Tuxedo Hudson Company, donations in 2017 will fund the construction of a sustainable network of interconnecting loop trails, including the new Munsee Eagle Trail in eastern Sterling Forest. In the future, the fund will allow us to reconstruct some of western Harriman’s most historic trails. Emphasis will be placed on the first Trail Conference trail, the Ramapo-Dunderberg, completed in 1921.

Catskills Summit Steward Fund

Thanks to generous matching grants from the Hunter Foundation, Catskill 3500 Club, and the Catskill Mountain Club, donations matched 1:1 (until the fund reaches $17,000) will support our growing Summit Steward program in the Catskills. After two successful seasons aiding and educating hikers, we are looking to expand the program to other locations to help even more people have a fun, safe, and responsible time on the trails.

Long Distance Trails Memorial Fund

The Long Distance Trails Memorial Fund was formed by the Trail Conference and our generous supporter and longtime volunteer Malcolm Spector to honor the memory of Jakob Franke, whose contributions to the Long Path and Shawangunk Ridge Trail were immeasurable. Gifts of $500 or more are matched 1:1, up to $7,000.

Invasives Strike Force

Thanks to a generous donor, gifts to the Invasives Strike Force will be matched 1:1, up to $5,000. Donations to the Invasives Strike Force are dedicated to control invasive species and protect our native plants.

Be sure to visit our December Challenge page starting Friday, Dec. 1 to make your December donation. Thank you for supporting your trail family!

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