(For non-donation related questions, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.)
- Why should I save acres with the World Land Trust and what does it mean to save an acre?
- Which Projects Can I Support?
- What are the 'WLT Action Fund' and 'Buy an Acre Fund'? How are they different?
- How big is an acre?
- How do I make a donation to the World Land Trust?
- How do I make a smaller donation?
- How do I make a regular donation?
- How long does it take to receive the Certificate?
- Can I donate in other currencies than GBP£?
- Will my donation be Gift Aid eligible?
- If I am a higher rate tax payer, can WLT claim Gift Aid on my donation at the higher rate of tax?
- Can I make a tax-deductible donation?
- I have left making a gift donation until the last minute! Can you send the Gift Pack really quickly please?
- What are Verified by VISA and MasterCard SecureCode?
- Is your online donation system secure?
- Cancellations and refunds
- Who supports World Land Trust?
- I am unable to make a donation right now - are there other ways I can help?
- I have other questions about WLT
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:
- How is the WLT different to the other organisations buying rainforest?
- When I buy an acre of rainforest or other habitat, what does that mean?
- How will I know where 'my' acre is located and can I visit it?
- How is £100 per acre figure arrived at?
- How do I know where my donation goes? And what percentage of it will go on administration?
Buy an Acre Fund projects
In these project areas in Bolivia, Colombia, 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.
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.
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.
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 Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Supporters in the United States can make tax-deductible donations to the WLT through World Land Trust-US.
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.)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Yes there are! See 10 Ways to Help Save Rainforest for some ideas to get you started.
Check out our FAQ page for answers to other commonly asked questions such as:
- What happens to the land after it has been bought?
- How can you ensure that the land is adequately protected and not used and/or destroyed by people after it has been purchased?
- How do you decide where to buy land?
If you can't find the answer you were looking for, contact the WLT and we will do our best to help.
Links to more information and advice
Make a donation
This page gives details of the different donation types and the projects you can support.
WLT information, contacts and links for journalists.