Please donate to help us protect biodiversity on private land!
The world, including Australia and NSW, is facing an extinction crisis. Biodiversity conservation in NSW is vital. Find out more here.
The BCT’s vision is vibrant private land conservation areas protecting our unique and diverse plants and animals. Our purpose is partnering with landholders to enhance and conserve biodiversity.
You can make a tax deductible donation of money or property to help the BCT go faster towards achieving our vision.
More than 70 per cent of biodiversity in NSW is located on private land. To reduce the risks to threatened species and to achieve good biodiversity conservation outcomes, investment in private land conservation is critical.
So far, more than 2,100 landholders have signed private land conservation agreements over more 2.252 million hectares, representing 2.8 per cent of NSW. This is about a third of the size of the national parks estate. But we need to do much more and more quickly.
The BCT Public Fund welcomes funding, major donations, bequests, or gifts of land, from any individual, business, philanthropist, conservationist, or non-government organisation interested in supporting private land conservation.
To find out more about making a contribution via the BCT Public Fund, please contact us by email at [email protected] or call us on 1300 992 688.
The BCT Public Fund is managed by the BCT and governed by the BCT Public Fund Management Committee. The BCT Public Fund Management Committee identifies appropriate private land conservation projects to further support the BCT's work to enhance and conserve biodiversity in NSW.
The BCT Public Fund is not for profit, registered on the Commonwealth government’s Register of Environmental Organisations and has deductible gift recipient (DGR) status, enabling it to receive (and receipt) tax deductible gifts.
The BCT Public Fund is interested in working with major donors and corporate partners.
Land with high conservation value can be ‘revolved’ by the BCT and sold on with an in-perpetuity, on-title conservation agreement. Proceeds from sales are used to support the revolving fund with the purchase of more properties with high conservation values.
Contact our team directly to make a donation at [email protected] or call us on 1300 992 688.
Leaving a gift to the BCT in your Will is a lasting way you can contribute to the ongoing conservation of biodiversity into the future.
There are several ways to leave the BCT a gift in your Will, such as giving:
- Land, property or a fixed sum of money (also known as a pecuniary gift)
- A percentage of your estate
- The residue of your estate (what remains of your estate once your loved ones and charges have been paid). A residuary gift could be a percentage or the whole of the residue of your estate.
We recommend you seek legal advice in making or changing your will as there are certain requirements that need to be met in order for your will to be valid, and the information provided here, being of a general nature only, may need to be adapted to your specific circumstances. You may also wish to discuss your plans, including the tax implications, with your accountant or financial adviser.
Some general wording to make a bequest to the BCT in your will is:
"I give [insert details of the bequest], free from all debts (secured and unsecured) and all duties (whether federal or state) payable in respect of my estate, to the Biodiversity Conservation Trust of New South Wales (ABN 37 151 321 702), a statutory body constituted under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 or its successor entity, absolutely for its general purposes, and I declare that a receipt of the authorised officer for the time being of the Biodiversity Conservation Trust or its successor entity will be a full and sufficient discharge of this bequest to my executor(s)."
If you have made a bequest to the former Nature Conservation Trust in your will, you are not required to make any changes to your will because the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 provides that the BCT is a continuation of, and the same legal entity as, the Nature Conservation Trust.
If you wish to discuss leaving a bequest to the Biodiversity Conservation Trust, please contact us by email at [email protected].nsw.gov.au or call us on 1300 992 688.
We are happy to discuss your ideas, feedback and thoughts on collaborating to protect private land conservation. If you would like to have a confidential discussion, please contact us by email at [email protected] or call us on 1300 992 688.