Donation Programs

Carrying on the Josiah Chase Legacy

Our donors continue the legacy that Josiah Chase began more than 85 years ago.  Even today, we depend on your generosity. All contributions to the Marginal Way Preservation Fund are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Opportunities to support the Marginal Way include:

 

Outright Gifts

Memberships

Checks can be mailed to the Marginal Way Preservation Fund, PO Box 1455, Ogunquit, Maine, 03907. Donations of $200 or more, accompanied by an email address, entitles you to a bi-monthly E-newsletter and a framed “Virtual Deed” to the Marginal Way. Please include your full address, phone and email information. Contact Catherine at 207.641.2200.

Benefits:

  • Will receive monthly E-news
  • Listed with Donors on Marginal Way web page
  • Preserving the Marginal Way

Membership Levels are:
$0-100 – Wanderer
$101-250 – Adventurer
$251-500 – Pathfinder
More than $500 – Partner

Marginal Way Recognition Plaques ($10,000)

Be among the first donors to place your family name on one of a limited number of new plaques now installed along the Marginal Way!

Stone-number-two-in-place-on-MW-and-seat-25-percentThe Marginal Way Committee and the Ogunquit Select Board approved the installation and design of ten donor recognition plaques, each displaying 25 family names.

The locally-quarried granite stones were crafted by Kevin Garfield of Wells, Maine.  The bronze recognition plaques were manufactured by Steven Roy Monument Company of Rochester, New Hampshire.  A dedication is planned after the site is landscaped.

Stones-in-place-w-Plaque-One-30-percentYou may now recognize friends or family by permanently affixing their name on one of ten plaques approved for a space near the Geology sign on the footpath.

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Do not wait.  The Town has placed a moratorium on any future Marginal Way plaques after the construction of this area.  If history repeats, visitors who love the Marginal Way will quickly reserve the 250 spaces.

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Helen Horn, Barbara Dailey & Paul Breen at the plaque dedication ceremony.

Helen Horn, Barbara Dailey & Paul Breen at the plaque dedication ceremony.

To support the goal of preserving our beautiful footpath, please consider a $10,000 tax-deductible contribution to the Marginal Way Preservation Fund to reserve space on a plaque.

Read the stories of those already recognized

 

Virtual Deeds

Virtual DeedSoon after announcing our “Virtual Deed” donor program, dozens of Marginal Way friends ordered their customized, framed “Virtual Deeds” to a favorite spot along the Marginal Way in Ogunquit. Give a Virtual Deed to someone you love. Mail us a check for $200 (or use Paypal). Include the name of your loved one (or in honor of someone) and the vicinity or Parcel Number (a birthdate?) that you want “conveyed.”

We will sign and seal your family’s gift and mail it to you for framing. By supporting the long term preservation of the Marginal Way, you help protect a treasure. For a sample Virtual Deed, contact us using the information at the bottom of this page.

View a full-size sample
 

Fill the Donation Boxes

Barbara O'Leary, Helen Horn and Catherine Palmer at the Shore Road donation box

Barbara O’Leary, Helen Horn and Catherine Palmer at the Shore Road donation box

Catherine Palmer at the Perkins Cove donation box

Catherine Palmer at the Perkins Cove donation box

We set up two blue donation boxes—one on Shore Road and the other in Perkins Cove.  All donations benefit the Marginal Way maintenance costs.  Please be generous and drop your extra dollars in whenever you walk by.

Matching Gifts

Many employers have matching gift programs through which an employee’s charitable contribution may be matched by the company, thus increasing the overall gift to the Marginal Way Preservation Fund.

Business Leaders

Businesses that contribute $500 or more in any 12-month period will be listed under the Business Leaders tab.

Benefits:

  • Web site logo & link on Business Leader Page of Marginal Way web site
  • Hospitality table at certain events
  • Will receive monthly E-news
  • Listed in top Donor Category
  • Preserving the Marginal Way for the future

Businesses that contribute $1,500 or more in any 12-month period will be listed as Business Leaders, with one additional benefit.  Your business will be added to our Marginal Way map on the home page.

Marginal Way Web Camera Sponsor ($600)

We offer businesses a direct link to our web camera if they will donate $600 per year to the Marginal Way Preservation Fund.

Benefits:

  • Web site link on Business Leader Page of Marginal Way web site
  • Lodge online visitors don’t have to leave YOUR web site to view the Marginal Way

Marginal Way Preservation Fund Web Page Sponsor ($1,500)

We congratulate Perkins Real Estate for securing the first Sponsorship of our Web Page.  Independent Sales Agents at Perkins Real Estate donate $100 from each property closing.  Thank you so much!

Benefits:

  • Web site logo & business link on each Marginal Way web page
  • Web site link on Business Leader Page of Marginal Way web site
  • Hospitality table at certain events
  • Will receive monthly E-news
  • Listed in top Donor Category
  • Preserving the Marginal Way for the future

Resorts and Inns Offer “Half-Priced Stay for the Marginal Way”

Nearly a dozen Ogunquit resorts and B&Bs offer discounted rates for their guests who support the Marginal Way Preservation Fund.  Some have reduced your stay by as much as 50%, provided that you first write a check to the Marginal Way Preservation Fund in the amount of $50 or more.  Save money and get a tax benefit!

Some of the participating Inn Keepers require pre-registration to qualify and most all of them exclude weekends and holidays.  Your favorite Inn may only offer a discount in the month of May, so be sure to ask about it before your next stay in Ogunquit.

Benefits:

  • Web site link on this Marginal Way web page
  • Hospitality table at certain events
  • Web cam link on your business web page after $1,500 in annual donations
  • Will receive monthly E-news
  • Listed in top Donor Category
  • Preserving the Marginal Way for the future

Here is an alphabetical list of the participating Lodges and Inns:

Beachmere Inn, 62 Beachmere Place Ogunquit, ME 03907-2340 Telephone 207-646-2021
InnSeason Resorts: The Falls at Ogunquit, 639 Main Street, Ogunquit, ME 03907. Telephone 207.646.4600
Meadowmere Resort, 74 Main St., PO Box 2347, Ogunquit, ME 03907.  Telephone 207.646.9661
Riverside Motel, 50 Riverside Lane, P.O. Box 2244, Ogunquit, ME 03907. Telephone 207.646.2741

Perkins Real Estate Offers Commissions to Help

Newell Perkins and the independent agents of Perkins Real Estate donated a generous $100 profit-share check to the Marginal Way Preservation Fund for each real estate sale for an entire year.  This way of helping the Marginal Way really adds up.  Thank you, Perkins Real Estate!

Honor Plaques on Footbridge – Ended in 2011

“In Honor of…”
 Your Loved One(s)

Plaque designer Helen Horn – click to enlarge

All 30 Donor Honor Plaques are now permanent remembrances on the granite posts of the Marginal Way footbridge.  Each plaque installation was followed by a public dedication ceremony and luncheon.

To inquire about future Marginal Way Dedication Stones, send a note to the Marginal Way Preservation Fund, PO Box 1455, Ogunquit, ME 03907.

The Marginal Way bench plaque program ended in the 1980s and there will not be any new benches, nor more plaques added to current benches.  See beautiful photos of all 39 Marginal Way benches

Planned Giving

Individuals who include the Marginal Way Preservation Fund in their estate planning help to create a legacy of support. In doing so, you become a member of the Marginal Way Endowment Society.

If you are considering the Marginal Way Preservation Fund in your will or trust, please let us know so that we may recognize your generosity.

Benefits:

  • Web site logo & link on Sponsor Page of Marginal Way web site
  • Will receive monthly E-news
  • Listed in top Donor Category
  • Preserving the Marginal Way

Bequests

Leaving a bequest to the Marginal Way Preservation Fund allows you to make a substantial contribution without diminishing the assets available to you during your lifetime. Since bequests are deductible from your taxable estate, significant tax savings are possible. A bequest can be a simple dollar amount, a percentage of your estate or a designation of specific property.

Gift Annuities

In exchange for a gift of money or securities, the Marginal Way Preservation Fund can pay you and/or your loved one a fixed amount annually for the remainder of your life. A portion of this income is not taxed, and you receive a charitable deduction for part of your gift, as calculated with IRS tables.

Charitable Remainder Trust

You can use an irrevocable trust to provide yourself and/or a loved one with fixed annual income, or an income that varies with the value of the trust. Part of your gift qualifies for an income tax deduction, as calcuated with IRS tables. Upon the death of the last income beneficiary, the remainder of the trust is distributed to charity.

Charitable Lead Trust

You can support the Marginal Way Preservation Fund for a term of years, or for the life of the individual, by creating a Charitable Lead Trust. Income will be paid to the Marginal Way Preservation Fund and/or the charities of your choice each year during the trust term. When the trust terminates, the assets in the trust revert to you or to individuals you want to benefit.

Life Insurance

When you donate a life insurance policy to the Marginal Way Preservation Fund, the cash surrender value of the policy, or the cost of a replacement policy, is deductible as a charitable contribution. If you continue to pay premiums after your gift is made, those premiums are also deductible.

Retirement Assets

Naming the Marginal Way Preservation Fund as a beneficiary of your retirement plan is one of the most cost-effective gifts you can make because all income and estate taxes are avoided. Retirement assets are typically one of the largest sources of wealth in a person’s portfolio.

“In Lieu of Flowers”

Upon the death of a friend or family member, you may add to any obituary notice that the family wants “in lieu of flowers” for donations to be made to the Marginal Way Preservation Fund, PO Box 1455, Ogunquit, Maine 03907.

The Benefits of Contributing today

When you make a donation to the Marginal Way Preservation Fund, you receive tax benefits for your outright contribution and the satisfaction of supporting our mission to protect and preserve the Marginal Way for future generations.

We would be happy to further discuss with you the advantages of planned gifts. Please contact Board Member and Investment Advisor, Charlie Hindmarsh, at 207.646.2750 for additional gift ideas and related benefits.

IRS Documentation

For any cash contribution, you will receive a written acknowledgement of your contribution from the Marginal Way Preservation Fund. This documentation will include the amount of cash (if any) contributed, whether we received any goods or services in exchange for the gift, and a description of any goods or services rendered.

For gifts by check of less than $250, a copy of the check is sufficient tax documentation. For a larger gift, we will send a written receipt.

For non-cash contributions, or in-kind donations, the records you keep for the required IRS documentation depend on whether your deduction is one of the following:
Less than $250
$250-$500
$501 – $5,000
More than $5,000

At a minimum, the Marginal Way Preservation Fund will send a written letter documenting a description of the property, date and location. Appraisals are required when your gift of property is greater than $5,000.

For more information about donations, memberships and sponsorships, contact the Director of Development, Catherine Palmer.  Cell: 207.641.2200 or Mail to Marginal Way Preservation Fund, PO Box 1455, Ogunquit, ME 03907.

Please consult your tax advisor or attorney for specific tax planning advice.

Event Sponsorships

Throughout the year, the Marginal Way Preservation Fund presents special events designed to appeal to a variety of audiences.

Benefits:

  • Web site logo & link on Sponsor Page of Marginal Way web site
  • Hospitality table at certain events
  • Will receive monthly E-news
  • Listed in top Donor Category
  • Preserving the Marginal Way

“Best Love Story from the Marginal Way” ($1,000)

Your business can sponsor the annual competition for the “Best Love Story from the Marginal Way,” which is a Valentine’s Day fundraiser.  Couples submit 86 words or less (for our 86-year old Marginal Way) about why their relationship should win a customized “Virtual Deed” and be named “Best Love Story” on our web site.

Married partners may each submit an entry. Stories must be received by 5 p.m., February 1, each year, and be accompanied by a minimum donation of $25 (online or check) payable to the Marginal Way Preservation Fund.  Contestants will be anonymous to judges and may submit more than one entry/donation.

Thank you for your support! Your gift, large or small, helps us carry out our long-term preservation objective.

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