Saving threatened habitats worldwide

Donation Information

Common Questions about Donating to WLT 

(For non-donation related questions, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.)

  1. Why should I save acres with the World Land Trust and what does it mean to save an acre?
  2. Which Projects Can I Support?
  3. What are the 'WLT Action Fund' and 'Buy an Acre Fund'? How are they different?
  4. How big is an acre?
  5. How do I make a donation to the World Land Trust?
  6. How do I make a smaller donation?
  7. How do I make a regular donation?
  8. How long does it take to receive the Certificate?
  9. Can I donate in other currencies than GBP£?
  10. Will my donation be Gift Aid eligible?
  11. If I am a higher rate tax payer, can WLT claim Gift Aid on my donation at the higher rate of tax? 
  12. Can I make a tax-deductible donation?
  13. I have left making a gift donation until the last minute! Can you send the Gift Pack really quickly please?
  14. What are Verified by VISA and MasterCard SecureCode?
  15. Is your online donation system secure?
  16. Cancellations and refunds
  17. Who supports World Land Trust?
  18. I am unable to make a donation right now - are there other ways I can help?
  19. I have other questions about WLT

1. Why should I save acres with the World Land Trust and what does it mean to save an acre? 

By saving acres with the WLT you will be taking direct action to save tropical forests and other important wildlife areas, by funding the purchase of threatened habitats. The acres you buy are protected as nature reserves, owned and managed by local organisations.

Our FAQ page answers other commonly asked questions related to the "save an acre" concept and how the Trust operates, such as:

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2. Which Projects Can I Support? 

Buy an Acre Fund projects

In these project areas in BoliviaColombia, Ecuador and Mexico you can save acres for £100 by earmarking your donation for the project of your choice. You can also support the project in most urgent need of funding at the time by donating to the Buy an Acre Fund.

You can donate online on the WLT website to our Buy an Acre Fund projects, or donate by post, over the telephone or by fax.

Appeals

In some of our project areas the price of land is much higher than £100 an acre, but you can still help WLT save them by donating to our Appeals. Because land prices vary enormously in these areas we cannot state a price per acre, but we can guarantee that when you support these appeals your donation will be used for land purchase and protection and nothing else. See all our most urgent projects.

You can donate online on the WLT website to our Appeals, or donate by post, over the telephone or by fax.

Other projects, including successfully completed projects

To support any of the Trust's older projects in Belize, Costa Rica, Patagonia or the Philippines, or other projects we are currently not actively fundraising for, please donate by post, over the telephone or by fax, or use our Action Fund Donation form, specifying the project you would like to earmark your donation for in the 'Comments' box. These donations will support ongoing conservation work such as tree planting, species re-introductions and wardens' salaries.

Learn more about our Conservation Projects »

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3. What are the 'WLT Action Fund' and 'Buy an Acre Fund'? How are they different? 

At WLT we think it's very important to give donors the choice of which projects to support. For that reason you can earmark your donation to a specific project and this will guarantee land purchase in that area. On the other hand, if you are willing to let the Trust decide where your donation is most urgently needed you can donate to the WLT Action Fund and your donation will be used to buy land where it is most urgently needed among all the Trust's priority land purchase and protection projects, including our Special Appeals. If you are a WLT Friend, your regular donations will go into the WLT Action Fund.

Because land prices vary between our different project areas, we cannot specify on your Certificate how many acres you have saved when you donate to the WLT Action Fund. If it is important to you to know how many acres your donation will save, you can donate to the Buy an Acre Fund instead. Donations to this fund buy and save vital habitats in the project areas where WLT's partners are still able to buy land for approximately £100 an acre. Currently these projects are in BoliviaColombia, Ecuador and Mexico.

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4. How big is an acre? 

An acre is 0.4 hectares or 4000 square metres, which is an area about the size of 200 parked cars. To convert acres into other area units, use our handy area converter.

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5. How do I make a donation to the World Land Trust? 

There are several methods for donating to us:

Save Habitats online - receive a Certificate of Appreciation

Donate online to WLT's land purchase and protection projects using a credit or debit card. You can donate in your own name or make a gift donation on behalf of somebody else. You can receive a Certificate of Appreciation, if requested, for donations of £25 or more.

Make a Quick Donation online

To contribute to the Trust's most urgent land purchase and protection projects, you can make a Quick Donation. (A Certificate is not included for Quick Donations.)

Donate over the telephone

Call the World Land Trust office to make a donation using your credit or debit card.
Tel: +44 (0)1986 874422

Donate by post

If you would prefer to donate by post, please print out the form below and send with your donation payment to the WLT office. Please do not send cash.

PDF  Printable donation form (120 KB - opens in new window)

You will need Adobe Reader to open PDF files.

Donate by fax

To donate by fax using a credit or debit card, print out the form above and fax it to +44 (0)1986 874425.

Make your donation go further with Gift Aid.

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6. How do I make a smaller donation? 

Even if you are not able to save half an acre or more, you can still support the Trust's work - any donations, no matter how small are welcome and much needed. You can donate online using any of our donation options, but please note that for donations under £25 we are not able to send a Certificate. Alternatively, you can make contributions of any amount to the World Land Trust by donate by post, over the telephone or by fax.

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7. How do I make a regular donation? 

For as little as £5 a month, you can help the World Land Trust (WLT) plan for the future to protect the natural world. By making a regular donation of £5 or more per month, you become a Friend of WLT. Regular donations can be made by direct debit, standing order, by debit or credit card or by Payroll Giving. If you have a Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) charity account, you can pay with a CAF standing order. If you pay UK income or capital gains tax, WLT can reclaim Gift Aid on regular monthly donations made from your taxable income, at no extra cost to you.

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8. How long does it take to receive the Certificate? 

Certificates and Gift Packs, where applicable, will be sent out within five working days - please allow adequate extra time for delivery if you have requested these as hard copies. If you have chosen to receive an electronic PDF Certificate this will be prepared for you personally to ensure accuracy and will also take up to five working days.

If Special Delivery (where offered) is paid for, please provide a delivery address where someone will be available to receive the package.

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9. Can I donate in other currencies than GBP£? 

Although our prices are in pounds sterling (£) we can accept credit card donations from anywhere in the world. You will be charged in your local currency - see our currency converter page for more details.

You can also donate online in US$ or EUR€ using our Quick Donation Form, or in US$ through our partners, World Land Trust-US.

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10. Will my donation be Gift Aid eligible? 

Gift Aid it

If you are a UK taxpayer WLT can reclaim Gift Aid at the basic rate of tax, which is 25p for every £1 donated, as at 1 January 2013. WLT can only claim back tax at the basic rate, so if you are a higher rate taxpayer and wish to maximise your donation, you may like to consider setting up a Payroll Giving donation, which is taken from your wage or company pension before tax. Alternatively, higher rate taxpayers are able to reclaim the extra tax themselves when completing a tax return. Please contact our Donations Team if you require a statement of your donations to assist with this.

Learn more about Gift Aid »

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11. If I am a higher rate tax payer, can WLT claim Gift Aid on my donation at the higher rate of tax?  

WLT cannot reclaim tax at the higher rate even on donations made by higher rate taxpayers. But if you are a higher rate taxpayer you can reclaim tax at the higher rate if you do it yourself. Either you can set up a Payroll Giving donation to World Land Trust, which is taken from your wage or company pension before tax. (Your payroll department should be able to advise you on how to go about this.) Or, higher rate taxpayers can reclaim the extra tax themselves when completing a tax return. Please contact our Donations Team if you require a statement of your donations to assist with this.

Learn more about Payroll Giving »

Learn more about Reclaiming Gift Aid at the higher rate of tax »

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12. Can I make a tax-deductible donation? 

Supporters in the United States can make tax-deductible donations to the WLT through World Land Trust-US.

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13. I have left making a gift donation until the last minute! Can you send the Gift Pack really quickly please? 

This can usually be arranged - please call us to discuss delivery options. We can also send you the Gift Certificate by email as an electronic PDF document that you can print yourself, or email to the recipient. Please let us know when you make your donation if you would like us to do this.

Please note that the electronic Certificate is created by hand, just like the printed Certificate, and not sent automatically. You will therefore still need to allow time for your donation to be processed by WLT's admin team. (We aim to send out Certificates and Gift Packs within five working days, but are often able to do it within one working day.)

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14. What are Verified by VISA and MasterCard SecureCode? 

Verified by VISA (VBV™) and MasterCard SecureCode (MCSC™) are systems for ensuring higher standard of security for online card transactions, created by VISA and MasterCard respectively.

When you make an online donation to the World Land Trust using a VISA card or MasterCard, you will be taken to the secure site of your card issuer and asked to verify your card details by confirming a password. When your card has been verified the donation will be processed as normal.

The password you enter will not be accessible to or stored by the World Land Trust - it is submitted directly to your card issuer over a secure link. If you are unable to verify your card for some reason, you may like to try again later, contact your card issuer or make your donation over the telephone.

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15. Is your online donation system secure? 

Yes. The World Land Trust uses a secure server to process all donations from the Internet. This ensures that the sensitive information that you give is encrypted so that it cannot be read by others. All World Land Trust online donations and orders are encrypted using 2048-bit Public/Private Key encryption with variable 168-bit session keys and processed by SecureTrading. Learn more about the security SecureTrading uses here.

How to protect your personal details online

To ensure the information you are giving is protected from prying eyes, look for the padlock symbol in your browser. This will be displayed next to the address bar at the top of the window, or in the bottom right or left hand corner depending on which browser you use. Normally the padlock is open or not displayed, but when it is closed the site you are viewing is secure. You should also look at the address shown in the address bar of your browser. On a secure page, the address will begin with https instead of http.

Security Certificate information

Sample of what the thawte Trusted Site Seal looks like

You can view the Security Certificate information for the website in question by double-clicking on the padlock symbol. The World Land Trust holds a SSL Server Certificate issued by Thawte Server CA. Our online donation system is secured using a thawte Digital Certificate. This ensures that all information you send to us using the donation forms will be encrypted. Please click on the thawte Trusted Site Seal on the left of each donation page for more information.

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16. Cancellations and refunds 

As a charity World Land Trust cannot cancel or refund any donation other than payments taken in error.

Please note that our Gift Packs are donation acknowledgements, not products and can therefore not be refunded. If the wording on your Certificate is not as you requested please let us know and we will send a replacement free of charge.

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17. Who supports World Land Trust? 

World Land Trust is supported by many conservationists and others who realise the importance of saving threatened lands, including Sir David Attenborough, who is one of the Trust's Patrons. Read Sir David's and other supporters' Messages of Support.

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18. I am unable to make a donation right now - are there other ways I can help? 

Yes there are! See 10 Ways to Help Save Rainforest for some ideas to get you started.

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19. I have other questions about WLT 

Check out our FAQ page for answers to other commonly asked questions such as:

If you can't find the answer you were looking for, contact the WLT and we will do our best to help.

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