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 for instructions.


The Saltmarsh Society

The Saltmarsh Society is a community of charitable people who make annual cash 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.

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

Horizon Circle…A New Name for Planned Giving Donors 

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.

We are excited to share the news that we have named our planned giving membership group the Horizon Circle.  This group will include people like you who have made 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 will not only be recognized in our annual donor list, but we will also be thanking you 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 would like to find out more about becoming part of the Horizon Circle, call or email John Girault at (843) 869-9004, or

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