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Athens Conservancy Fund


Athens Conservancy

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When you make a donation to Athens Conservancy, 100 percent of your dollars stay local. You are making an investment to protect the beautiful lands of southeastern Ohio, nurturing the forests and hills in Athens County and surrounding areas, and protecting the land for generations to come.

The Conservancy has two general funds housed at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio:

  • The Athens Conservancy Fund, with monies immediately available for use to support the organization’s mission, and
  • Athens Conservancy Endowment Fund, a restricted fund that continues to grow in an investment portfolio.

Athens Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust that exists to protect special spaces and wild places for people to explore and enjoy, maintain healthy ecosystems, preserve water quality, protect biodiversity, and nurture natural habitats. The Conservancy’s lands in Athens County and surrounding areas are mostly forested and include ridge tops, stream bottoms, dramatic rock formations, and beautiful vistas.

Athens Conservancy is led by a passionate and focused volunteer board of directors. The Conservancy was established in 2002 to realize the vision of creating a nonprofit land trust focusing on Athens County. Today, the Conservancy owns and manages 14 nature preserves, 10 conservation easements, and a portion of the Athens-Belpre Rail Trail. The lands in our preserves and conservation easements encompass nearly 2,900 acres with more than 1,800 acres open to the public to explore.

There are many ways you can help support Athens Conservancy’s mission and invest in one of our most important natural resources – the land around us. Options include donating land, setting up a conservation easement, making a gift from your IRA, creating a legacy gift, and supporting the Athens Conservancy Fund and the Athens Conservancy Endowment Fund here at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio.

For additional information about Athens Conservancy, please email Victoria at

Gifts are tax deductible and may have additional tax advantages. You may make an online donation to Athens Conservancy through the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, designating your gift to go to the Athens Conservancy Fund OR the Athens Conservancy Endowment Fund. Call the Foundation at 740.753.1111 for additional giving options.