Warning: Use of undefined constant php - assumed 'php' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in /apps/edisto.org/trunk/wp-content/themes/edisto.org/templates/widePage.php on line 1
Ways to Give - Edisto Island Open Land Trust, South Carolina

Be a hero to future generations!

You can make a difference in Edisto’s future with a contribution to preserve Edisto’s rare natural beauty forever. Click the DONATE button below to use a credit card.


Mail a check to:
Edisto Island Open Land Trust,
P. O. Box 1, Edisto Island, SC 29438.

You can also donate through a stock transfer. Call (843) 869-9004 or email us at john@edisto.org for instructions.


Planned Gifts and Bequests

The Edisto Island Open Land Trust’s ability to protect an ever-growing network of lands largely depends on the foresight and generosity of today’s visionaries—our supporters—who are willing to consider new ways to make gifts that will have a lasting impact on keeping Edisto Island scenic, natural, and rural. If you are interested in discussing your support of the land trust, please feel free to call or email our Executive Director, John Girault at (843) 869-9004, or john@edisto.org.

Make-A-Will Month with FreeWill.com

The Edisto Island Open Land Trust (EIOLT) honors the legacy of Edisto Island through conservation. It is a part of our mission to keep this sanctuary alive, so that it may be witnessed and enjoyed by the many generations to come. We encourage you to honor your legacy with your will.

In light of National Make-A-Will month, we are excited to share this free resource with our community. EIOLT has partnered with FreeWill.com, an online tool, that guides you through the process of creating a legally valid will or trust. Creating a will or trust may not sound like the most exciting task but FreeWill makes it quick, easy and 100% free of cost.

In as little as 20 minutes, you can create your will to:

  • Plan how you want your life to be honored.
  • Provide financial and healthcare security for you and your loved ones regardless of what the future brings.
  • Pass on your legacy in a sustainable way.

FreeWill has been trusted by over 830,000 Americans and is an easy-to-use online resource to help you get started with building your personal will and testament. Even with complex estate plans, you can document all of your wishes online, print them, and seek estate-planning advice from an attorney before finalizing them.

If you have already left the Land Trust in your will, please let us know by clicking here, so that we may properly thank you for your generosity and welcome you to The Horizon Circle. All planned gifts will be kept confidential and remain anonymous, unless you tell EIOLT otherwise.

FreeWill allows you to designate your non-probate assets to your beneficiaries. Do you have an IRA, 401(K), life-insurance policy, or any assets that are not included in your will? These still need proper transfer of ownership, and FreeWill also let’s you plan your beneficiaries.

If you would like to find out more about becoming part of the Horizon Circle or using FreeWill.com, call or email John Girault at (843) 869-9004, or john@edisto.org.

The Horizon Circle

Your love of Edisto Island—the water and woods, wildlife and moonlight through the trees—can be part of your legacy.  You can join an important group of passionate people who are doing something very special by leaving the land trust in their will.

By leaving the land trust in your will, you’ll have the opportunity to join the Horizon Circle, a group of people like yourself who had the foresight to make a planned gift to the land trust.  In order for us to thank you during your lifetime, you simply need to notify us that you have left EIOLT in your estate plans, and we will be sure to include you in this special group of supporters.

Horizon Circle supporters are not only recognized in our annual donor list, but will also be thanked through invitations to our Saltmarsh Society picnic and outings, as well as an annual cocktail reception held exclusively to share our appreciation for your forethought and generosity. If you’ve left us in your will but would prefer your planned gift remain confidential, please let us know and EIOLT will maintain your anonymity.

The Saltmarsh Society

The Saltmarsh Society is a community of charitable people who make annual monetary contributions of at least $1,000 to the Edisto Island Open Land Trust.  In addition to the intrinsic rewards of supporting preservation and education, Saltmarsh Society membership will include social gatherings and unique opportunities to explore issues threatening Edisto’s land, air, and water and witness first-hand the conservation work being carried out by the Land Trust.  

We chose the name “Saltmarsh Society” to evoke images of Edisto’s distinctive natural beauty, where tides govern the estuary at the intersection of land and sea.  Our soft, green marsh brims with plant and animal communities that make it one of the most productive – and vulnerable – ecosystems on earth.  The soothing and sensitive marsh in and around Edisto is an everyday reminder of the need to conserve this precious sea island at the gateway to the ACE Basin.

The Sandlappers

Upon visiting South Carolina, in 1791, George Washington is said to have called the people living on the sands near the river shores Sandlappers. This word conjures images of the waves lapping repetitively onto the banks of our beaches, creeks and rivers. It is a symbol of the continual flow onto our shores and seems fitting to title our generous group of recurring monthly donors, Sandlappers, which reflects their reliable monthly support. Monthly gifts allow us to make a greater impact on Edisto through sustaining and growing our work over time. Members of the Sandlapper club will be invited to several special events throughout the year. There will also be benefits such as discounts on EIOLT merchandise and event tickets.

News & Events

Upcoming Events

  • October 29, 2023
    Annual Auction and Oyster RoastRead More
See The Calendar

Latest News

  • September 15, 2023
    The Flora and Fauna Archive Read More
  • September 5, 2023
    Hutchinson House Director & Story Telling Team Announced Read More
  • September 1, 2023
    2023 Oyster Roast Tickets SOLD OUT! Read More
See more News