Giving & Membership

Volunteers hiking Trail in the winter. photo by Thomas Walker.

Volunteers hiking Trail in the winter. Photo by Thomas Walker.

Protect the North Country Trail. Its survival is in our hands.

In our fast-paced world, we need a place to slow down and breathe. The North Country Trail is that place. Your gift protects and provides access to the beauty and spirit of the Trail, not just for today but for future generations.

Becoming a member of the North Country Trail Association has never been easier. The Association is built upon donor memberships, which means your annual support qualifies you as a member. This is true if you are a first-time donor or if you are renewing your membership. Making a gift is the first step.

Membership has its perks: As an annual member, you will receive a one-year subscription to the North Star magazine, timely news about the Trail, and a powerful voice as we fight to protect the Trail. A membership to the Association gives you access to North Country Trail experiences throughout the year. You are invited to join a local Chapter or become an at-large member. Either way, you have an important role in our community, and are welcome to join a hike or workday, or connect at any time.

Your membership makes an impact! Thanks to you, the North Country Trail Association will continue to provide and support programs designed to challenge Trail users and connect people to the outdoors. Together we will build and maintain this National Scenic Trail, and together we will protect it – for today and future generations. It all begins with a gift.

Join today: Donation memberships begin at $20 and gifts of $100 or more will be recognized in the Association’s Annual Report. Members of the Founders Circle will receive special invitations to the Founders Circle Reception at the Annual Celebration. Make an even bigger impact as a sustaining member through the monthly giving option. Visit to make your gift. After, you will be routed to membership information, including a listing of the Association’s Chapters.

Thank you for being a part of something amazing: the North Country Trail Association Community.


Ways to Give

Be a part of something amazing. Make a donation today, make a monthly gift, or join the Founders Circle with a gift of $500 or more.

Donate and Join

Make a donation and become a member or renew your membership.

Give a Gift Membership or Tribute Gift

Gift a membership, or give in honor, memory, or support of someone.

Donate Stock and Property

A gift of land or stock is often a very tax-wise way to make a generous gift to the trail and receive a significant tax benefit.

Plan a Gift

Deferred or planned gifts such as bequests, charitable remainder trusts or retained life estates can make great tax sense for you and your heirs and benefit the mission of the NCTA well into the future.

Corporate Giving

If you represent a corporation or work for a corporation that is interested in the mission of the NCTA and would like to support that mission there are a number of marketing and philanthropic opportunities that will give maximum exposure to your corporation.


Giving Clubs

Our supporters choose to give generously and strategically. Their gifts place them in special giving clubs that benefit the organization in many ways. Members of each giving club receives benefits commensurate with their giving level.

True North Society   $25,000 and up

Founders Circle    $500 to $24,999

Trail Champion   $10,000 – $24,999

Trail Leader   $5,000 – $9,999

Trail Guardian  $2,500 – $4,999

Trail Blazer  $1,000 – $2,499

Trail Builder  $500 – $999

We desire for our supporters to have the best understanding of our fundraising practices and we are committed to operating with openness and integrity. Every year we go through a rigorous external audit and report to you and our partners on our programs and successes. Thanks for your support.

Current Audit of Financials here  |  Current Annual Report  here | Donor Bill of Rights here

 The NCTA is an Accredited Charity with the Better Business Bureau. View the report here.


The NCTA values the privacy of its donors. Donor information is kept strictly confidential. We do not sell or rent the names of our donors. We will not sell donor personal information any third party and we do not send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations. Donor information is kept in a password-protected database on a secure network. Credit card information is processed by a reputable e-commerce provider on a secure, encrypted website and credit card numbers are not retained in the NCTA offices.