Your gift today will help ensure that Pine Island Camp, which has been enriching lives for over a century, will endure for another 100 years.
As a 501 (c) (3) organization, Pine Island Camp offers many ways for you to contribute to the Camp while also providing substantial tax benefits to you and your family.
Click here to read the Spring 2022 note from Board Chair Ben Hincks
Click here to read the 2021 Annual Giving Report.
Checks can be made out to Pine Island Camp and mailed to us:
Pine Island Camp
P.O. Box 242
Brunswick, ME 04011
Stocks, bonds or mutual funds that have appreciated in value are a particularly attractive gift from a tax viewpoint because you may get favorable treatment of capital gains. If you give Pine Island securities that you have held for more than 12 months, you will receive an income tax deduction for their full fair-market value, and you will not have to pay capital gains taxes on their increased value over the original investment. For instructions on how to make gifts of securities please contact Sarah Hunter by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (207-465-3031).
As every Pine Islander can tell you, once you score for the last time during the War Game, you are "dead" and you go to the center of town, a pretty peaceful spot if you have a little bug spray. A friend or two for good conversation, a bit of cool water, and a shady spot under a pine tree help as well. The Game still swirls around you, but for now you can rest and talk with your friends about the summer and the few days of camp that remain. You've played hard and done all you can to help your army win the game, and now you can at last relax while you await the whistle announcing that "Play is off!" for the final time that season.
It is in this spirit that the Center of Town Society was conceived as a way to encourage planned giving to Pine Island Camp. Members get a chance to shape Pine Island for generations to come merely by including Pine Island in their estate planning. The results are as easy as a few simple conversations and a line or two in our wills and final documents.
Once you have provided in your will for the people you love, you may wish to consider a bequest to Pine Island. A bequest could take either of these forms:
A specific bequest
"I devise and bequeath to Pine Island Camp, located in Belgrade Lakes, Maine, the sum of $___________ (or __________% of my estate) to be used for the Camp's general charitable purposes."
A residuary bequest
"I devise and bequeath to Pine Island Camp, located in Belgrade Lakes, Maine, all (or specify __________%) of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, whether real, personal or mixed, to be used for the Camp's general charitable purposes."
You can help ensure that the Pine Island experience remains available to future generations by designating the camp as beneficiary of an investment or retirement account, a life insurance policy or a donor-advised fund, among others.
You can determine the percentage of assets you designate for Pine Island on a form that is entirely separate from your will. Not only is this an easy way to make a legacy gift, but it's also flexible—you aren't locked into the choices you make today. It's easy to put a beneficiary designation in place. Contact your account administrator to obtain the correct form or visit your fund's website.
When the original purpose for a life insurance policy no longer applies—such as educating children now grown or providing financial security for a spouse now deceased—your policy can become a powerful and simple way to support the camp you love. There are two ways to give life insurance to Pine Island:
Name Pine Island Camp as a beneficiary of the policy. This gift is as simple as updating your beneficiary designation form with the policy holder. You can designate Pine Island as the primary beneficiary for a percentage or specific amount. You can also make Pine Island the contingent beneficiary so that it will receive the balance of your policy only if your primary beneficiary doesn't survive you.
Make an outright gift of a new or existing policy. You can make an irrevocable gift to Pine Island by naming the camp as owner and beneficiary of a policy. You may receive a federal charitable deduction for your gift. A gift of life insurance can be an attractive way to leave a legacy that will contribute to the lives of future Pine Islanders just as Pine Island contributed to yours.
The information provided here is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional legal or estate-planning advice. Pine Island Camp urges you to consult a professional advisor when considering any of these planned giving options.
Please note that our legal name is "Pine Island Camp, Inc." Pine Island Camp is a non-profit corporation, organized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
There are many ways to make a planned gift. For more information about joining the Center of Town Society, please call or email Ben Swan at 207-465-3031 or email@example.com. And once you have taken the steps to join the Center of Town Society, we would be grateful if you would let us know by filling out the Planned Giving Form (click here for PDF).
"Give your best to the best you know."
— Sid Lovett, Pine Island's first camper