Ways to Give

There are many ways to
support the Conservancy

The Conservancy helps preserve plants, animals and natural habitats all over the Peninsula.
By joining the Conservancy today, you will be welcomed into a family of dedicated individuals committed to saving open spaces on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. There are many ways to make a donation.

Naming and Endowment

Naming opportunities and endowment gifts will forever recognize your
family or a loved one for helping to save rare Californian coastal habitat


landNaming Opportunities

By naming a trail or a scenic point on a preserve, you’ll help to save some of the most important lands in California. Show your appreciation or create a legacy for a loved one with a meaningful naming opportunity on a trail or scenic point. These significant recognition features are a rare opportunity to leave a lasting impression on this beautiful part of the world.

If you would like to pursue naming a special place for your loved one, please contact Development Director Susan Wilcox at (310) 541-7613 ext 202 or email:


Endowment Contributor

As an Endowment contributor, you’ll provide ongoing resources for land protection and restoration on the Peninsula. The Conservancy’s first endowment gift was made by Arthur and Jeanne Hadley in 2015. The Hadleys particularly liked the fund would be forever invested, and would provide spendable funds from the interest earned on the investment. They liked the idea of providing ongoing support in perpetuity.

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Planned Giving

Enable you to leave a lasting legacy


You Can Create Your Own Legacy!

Making a difference is important to you. Charitable giving is an important part of your life and your core values. Like many people, you’d like to know that the causes and organizations you care about today will continue to thrive in the future. The good news is you don’t have to be a Rockefeller to start a meaningful philanthropic legacy. In addition to supporting the work of your favorite organizations through cash donations, consider making a planned gift.


Planned giving is a win-win approach to philanthropic donations that supports The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and can benefit you now or in the future. Have you ever made a vehicle donation to benefit your favorite charity? If you have, you know that transferring assets is easy and it can provide tax benefits as well. Simply put, “planned giving” is the transfer of assets to the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy during your lifetime or as part of your estate plan. This forward-thinking approach to giving is “planned” because often these assets are not liquid, have tax consequences and are generally transferred via a will or other written means.


Planned giving is easy to do and you don’t have to be wealthy to do it. Whether it is naming your favorite charity in your will or trust for a modest amount, or listing the Conservancy as a beneficiary of your retirement savings, or a gift of house and property, there is an easy option that is right for you.


A life insurance policy. Real estate. Stocks. Business holdings. A checking or savings account. These are all assets that can be leveraged in planned gifts.


In return for the donation of real estate, stocks or other assets, you can receive a series of regular payments.


Depending upon the type of gift, short-term and/or long-term tax benefits may apply. Donors at a variety of income levels can benefit. Be sure to consult with your financial or estate planner for more specifics.


Planned giving is not an “all or nothing” option. Gifts can exist side-by-side with other beneficiaries and personal priorities.


Designating a planned gift automatically makes you a member of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy’s Golden Poppy Heritage Circle. Golden Poppy Heritage Circle members receive recognition in publications and receive invitations to special events. In addition to the satisfaction of making a meaningful gift, most planned gifts have immediate and/or long-term tax benefits. The chart below can help you find the type of gift that is right for you. Consult with your financial advisor or estate planner and join the the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy’s Golden Poppy Heritage Circle today.Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Ways to GiveAnyone considering a planned gift should consult tax and/or legal advisors to determine the consequences of making a gift.

Start Today!

Call us at 310-541-7613 ext 202 or email to begin your conversation with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.

Other Ways to Give

A Tribute Gift

To celebrate an occasion or to give
in memory of someone special.

[Names will be printed in the Open
Spaces semi-annual newsletter]

A Matching Gift

From your company and
double the impact!

Gifts of Stock

Are an easy way to make a
generous contribution


Wish List

The following in-kind contributions would be greatly appreciated! Please email Johnny Perez at to coordinate:


  • Light pick-up truck, SUV, or mini-van for restoration projects

  • All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) or Rough Terrain Vehicle (RTV)

  • Mobile Office Trailer

  • Shipping Container

  • Tractor with mower

  • Volunteer snacks (i.e. granola bars)

  • Bottled cases of water for volunteers in the field

  • Shovels, gloves, loppers, rakes, pruners, and other hand-held tools for restoration work

  • Cargo trailer

  • Weed-whackers

  • A high-resolution digital camera

  • Field binoculars for surveys

  • GPS equipment (hand-held)

  • Upgrading your iPad or tablet? We’ll put your old one to work while you take a tax deduction.

  • Potting soil (new, in bags) for propagating endangered plants with students

  • Digital projector for public presentations

In-Kind Contributions

The following in-kind contributions would be greatly appreciated!
Please email Johnny Perez at to coordinate:

If you have any questions, please contact Susan Wilcox, Development Director, at (310) 541-7613 ext. 202, or

Palos Verdes Penninsula Land Conservancy is a California non-profit Community benefit organization incorporated in 1988.
Taxpayer ID #: 33-0309722


Lasting Legacy: The Cicoria Family

Mike Cicoria is perhaps best remembered by the Conservancy and residents on the Peninsula as the “Hero of Land Preservation.” For over 30 years, Mike’s family members have renewed their support each year by helping to move the goals of the organization forward. Mike passed on his legacy of generosity to the Conservancy to his wife in 2007. “It was Mike’s dedication to the work of the Conservancy that showed me the way,” Virginia says. “He loved the land whether it was his family’s homeland in southern Italy or our house he built from scratch here in Rancho Palos Verdes.” Virginia encourages others to give: “What better way is there to contribute than to give to your local area where it benefits family, friends, and others – and where you can see the direct impacts?”