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Annual Appeal Gets Boost from $100,000 Challenge Grant

Mount Grace has received a $100,000 matching grant offered by Duncan and Ellen McFarland of the Bromley Charitable Trust to challenge land trust supporters to deepen their commitment to the land.

“This is a $100,000 vote of confidence in our groundbreaking conservation work,” says Mount Grace Executive Director Leigh Youngblood.  “We are honored to be recognized as a leader in the conservation of working lands by an organization of national stature.” 

Through May 31, 2016, the Bromley Charitable Trust will match the gift of any individual, foundation, or business giving $25,000 or more to Mount Grace over the amount they contributed last year. 

So far, one supporter, an anonymous Board member, has stepped forward  to meet the challenge.  “This challenge has already had an enormous positive impact on our Annual Appeal fundraising,” adds Youngblood.  “Our Annual Appeal is always an opportunity for people to support our work with gifts of any amount.  The new Bromley challenge is proving to be an inspiration, and will help us meet our goal of raising $150,000 by December 31.”

Mount Grace is now reaching out to members and neighbors to find three more supporters who can meet the Bromley Challenge with a qualifying gift.   

The Bromley Charitable Trust supports some of the most innovative conservation work in the world today.  Trustee Duncan McFarland currently serves on the boards of New Profit, a nonprofit venture philanthropy fund supporting education and social innovation; Rare, an international conservation organization offering social marketing and technical help for communities addressing environmental threats; and Panthera, which works to ensure a future for the world’s big cat species.

The Bromley Charitable Trust became involved with Mount Grace in 2010 after learning about its innovative farm conservation work, and has consistently encouraged the Mount Grace community to recognize the value of land trust programs and increase their support to fund the full range of Mount Grace’s trailblazing conservation work.

Annual Appeal gifts support all of Mount Grace’s projects and programs, including efforts to defend protected land from the proposed pipeline. If you would like information about supporting the Annual Appeal or meeting the Bromley Challenge, please contact Mount Grace Development Manager David Kotker at 978-248-2055 x19 or