Wildlands Trust - Membership FAQs
How much does a membership cost?
Membership to Wildlands Trust starts at $40.
How long is my membership term?
Membership terms are 12 months from the day the qualifying gift was recorded into our donor management system (through the last day of the month joined). Ex: If your donation is received January 6, 2018, then your membership expiration date is January 31, 2019.
Will I be notified when my membership expires?
We send out one (1) membership renewal appeal via the postal service in the spring, along with one (1) reminder mailing shortly after. This mailing gives our supporters an opportunity to renew their support during that time; however, you may renew your membership any time throughout the year via our website or in person at our office.
You may also use the remit envelopes in our semi-annual newsletter to renew via the postal service. Just be sure the check off “Membership” before sealing the envelope so we know where to designate your donation.
The expiration date of your membership is listed on the back of your membership card. If you lose your card or are unsure of when your term expires, please feel free to contact us.
What if I send in my renewal early?
If a qualifying renewal gift is received prior to or within the month the of the member’s current expiration date, the new expiration date is 12 months from the date of the current expiration, through the end of the month. (Ex: If your current expiration date is June 30, 2019 and your renewal gift is received April 12, 2019, the new expiration date is June 30, 2020). If the qualifying renewal gift is received after the current membership expiration date, then the term follows initial membership terms (see above).
Is donating to the Annual Fund the same thing as becoming a member?
No, when you donate to the Annual Fund, you are submitting a general donation to our organization that does not come with any additional benefits (other than the good feeling of knowing you’re making a difference in the region’s future!).
The only exception is with Chairman’s Council. When you donate $500 or more to Wildlands, you become a member of Wildlands Trust’s Chairman’s Council and receive the benefits that come with that designation, regardless of whether you donated to the Annual Fund or to Membership Dues.
Can I donate to both?
Yes! You can absolutely donate to both the Annual Fund and your Membership Dues. In the fall, we mail out, to both members and general supporters, an annual appeal letter asking for donations toward the Annual Fund. You may also donate to the annual fund any time throughout the year via our website and the newsletter remit envelopes (just check off “Annual Fund” before sealing the envelope).
By donating to the Annual Fund in addition to your membership dues, you receive the great benefits that come with a membership, while increasing your impact on our work!
Can my partner/spouse be included on the membership account?
Yes. We allow up to two names to be included on a membership account.
I’ve submitted my donation but forgot to include my partner/spouse’s name, how do I add them?
No problem! Please get in touch with our Membership and Communications Manager and ask to update your account. As long as there isn’t already a second name on the account, we can easily add them and send you an updated membership card.
Do discounts extend to my family members?
Discounts to any Wildlands Trust event/programs only apply to the individual(s) listed on the account/card and any dependents under the age of 18 that live in the same household (under the age of 18). If you are purchasing multiple tickets to an event in a single transaction, please select non-member ticket options for those who are not named on the membership card.
Discounts at local retailers and farms are under the discretion of the business owner.
Do I need to carry my membership card with me to events?
If you purchase a ticket to an event on-site, please bring your current membership card to validate your membership status and receive the discounted ticket price. If you do not have your membership card with you, you may be charged full price, regardless of your membership status.
I lost my membership card, how do I request another?
You can request a replacement card by either stopping by the office or contacting our Membership and Communications Manager and asking for a new one be mailed to you. If there are two people on the account, please indicate whether you need both cards replaced, or just one.
Can I lend my card to someone?
Because discounts only apply to those listed on the membership account/card, your card can not be lent out to others to be used for discounts.
How many cards will I receive when I join?
The number of cards a member receives is determined by how many people are on the account. If one(1) person is listed on the account, then one(1) card will be included in your packet. If two(2) people are listed, then two(2) cards will be included with your packet.
Updating your information
What if I have a seasonal address?
If you spend a portion of the year at a secondary address and you’d like us to send any correspondence during that time to that address, please get in contact with us and let us know:
Your secondary address
The time period in which this address should be used
Once we have this information, we can update your record accordingly.