Make a Donation
Since 1980 the North Country Trail Association has played a pivotal role in leading the building, maintenance and protection of the Trail. This work happens because of the support of people like you. Donate to our Founders Circle, monthly giving program, or make a one-time gift today.
Join the Community
Become a member of the trail community by joining the North Country Trail Association. As a member, you are supporting the premier hiking path across the northern tier of the United States. Memberships start at only $20 and make an incredibly positive impact for the Trail. Looking for a way to share your NCTA experience with others? Memberships make great gifts, too!
Leaving a Trail Legacy
In 1981, a small group of volunteers came together to form the North Country Trail Association. It was designed to serve as a major nonprofit partner with the National Park Service for the mission of building, maintaining, protecting, and promoting the North Country National Scenic Trail. Today, the Association hosts a membership of nearly 4,000 who support the work of 29 Association Chapters covering more than 4,700 NCT miles across eight states. Think of the thousands of boots that have hit the Trail throughout the years. From volunteers to hikers, children to adults, urban lifestyles to country living - countless memories have been made, and continue to be.
That small group of volunteers made a lasting impact that is working in your life today, and you have the chance to pay this legacy forward. You have the chance to make sure future generations experience the same joy you have found on the Trail. Your Trail legacy will live on with a little planning today. Consider these options:
+ A bequest to the NCTA in your will or trust
+ A designation to the NCTA in your retirement fund
+ A designation to the NCTA in your life insurance policy
+ An outright gift of life insurance cash value through a policy that is no longer needed
Leaving a legacy for the Trail not only puts good into the world but there is a quoted axiom in the world of "planned giving." It is said that legacy donors outlive their life expectancies. Perhaps it is because these donors are more grateful, more optimistic, more future-focused. Or in the case of our Trail Community, simply realizing the health of body, mind, and spirit only a good hike on the NCT can bring.
Please consult with your legal or financial advisor to find the best option for you. Here is some language assist in your planning:
I hereby give, devise and bequeath __ percent (__%) of my total estate, determined as of the date of my death to North Country Trail Association, Incorporated, a nonprofit organization located at 229 E. Main Street, Lowell, MI, 49331, Federal Tax ID #38-2423480
Become a Corporate Sponsor
The North Country Trail connects thousands of people to the outdoors each year, and it provides you with the perfect platform to show your support of the important work the Association does. Our sponsorship packages are built to fit a wide variety of budgets and marketing goals.