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Thank you for supporting the Vermont Institute of Natural Science!

Your contribution enables us to continue to provide an outstanding educational experience to young and old, locally and far afield and provides rehabilitation and care to hundreds of birds each year. Your contribution allows us to promote environmental field research that changes the way we view the world. Your generosity, support, and partnership with us makes a difference to every person we reach – thank you!

VINS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, wholly supported by membership dues, admission and program fees, gifts, and grants. We will provide all donors with an acknowledgement letter, and donors will be listed in VINS Annual Report. VINS will not sell, trade, or share any donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations.

Gifts of Cash

You are welcome to support VINS by writing a check or using a credit card on our secure website or in person at VINS Nature Center Store. You also can make a multi-year pledge in support of VINS. Please print the gift and pledge form to complete and return, and simply mail your gift to the address below.

VINS Headquarters
P.O. Box 1281
Quechee, VT 05059

You can also support VINS with an annual membership, by participating in our Adopt a Raptor Program, or by giving to a specific program or interest area that is important to you.

Gifts of Stock & Assets

Donating stock or other appreciated assets can provide a donor with significant tax benefits. For information on how to transfer securities, please download our stock transfer instruction form or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at 802.359.5000 x219. We recommend you speak with your financial planner or tax advisor for more specific information on how a gift of appreciated assets can best benefit you.

Corporate Matching Gifts

Many companies offer Employee Matching Gift Programs that multiply your individual contribution. Please ask your personnel or benefits manager if your company has a matching gifts program and about the forms you need to submit to qualify.

Corporate Gifts and Sponsorships

VINS welcomes corporate support and offers a wide range of corporate sponsorship opportunities.
Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at 802.359.5000 x219 for more information.

Commemorative Gifts

Celebrate all sorts of special occasions and holidays by making a gift in honor of someone you admire. This unique gift is ideal for birthdays, holidays, and weddings—or just about any occasion. You can also remember a loved one by making a special memorial contribution to VINS in his/her name. Memorials represent meaningful and thoughtful tributes. Please mail in your gift with a commemorative gift form or make a secure online gift.

Planned Giving

By including the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in your estate planning, you can support VINS while making a tax-wise gift for the future. A bequest is a simple statement in your will that directs a gift to VINS. The most common bequest is an unrestricted gift of a specified dollar amount or percentage of your residual estate. We welcome the opportunity to speak with you or your legal and financial advisors to help with the appropriate language.

You may also work with your financial and legal advisors and VINS to consider a variety of charitable trusts or life income plans. These plans often offer a noteworthy combination of tax benefits, an income stream for the donor and a future contribution to VINS.

A gift of retirement funds or life insurance can be made simply by naming Vermont Institute of Natural Science as the beneficiary of an existing or a new policy.

If you would like more information about making a planned gift to VINS, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at 802.359.5000 x219.

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