The Student Conservation Association started as one woman’s vision to protect and preserve America’s national parks — places that most citizens cherish and want to ensure they remain long into the future. Today, the SCA carries on that noble tradition as America’s largest youth conservation organization.

There are so many ways you can support the SCA. Choose the one that’s right for you. Take a look at the options below, or contact us for more information. We are happy to discuss any of these options with you.

Call us at (888) 722-9675 or email us at

Help The SCA Make An Impact

Your gift helps the SCA build the next generation of conservation leaders, protecting our planet now and into the future. Check out the great work we’ve done this year.

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Total Hours Of Conservation Service

Plants, Wetland Improvements Icon 157,535

Acres Of Wetland Improved

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People Who Received Education & Outreach

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Trees Planted

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Miles Of Trail Built Or Improved

Ways To Give

  • Give Now

    Make a tax-deductible, online contribution right now.

    Or, you can download our printable donation form (PDF) if you prefer to donate by mail. Give now.

  • Mail a Check, Money Order or Credit Card Gift

    Download our printable donation form (PDF) if you prefer to donate by mail.

  • Give via a Donor Advised Fund

    Gifts to the SCA from Donor Advised Funds and are the fastest growing charitable giving method in the United States. Funds set up with popular firms like Fidelity’s Charitable Gift Fund, Vanguard Charitable and others grow tax-free over time to maximize your giving potential.

    Give now online via your Donor Advised Fund or contact your financial institution to make a gift from your fund.

    Don’t have a Donor Advised Fund? Check if your financial institution offers Donor Advised Funds or contact your financial institution.

  • Legacy Giving and Estate Planning

    The Liz Putnam Legacy Society serves to recognize and thank those who have taken the special step of providing for the future of SCA’s youth conservation service work by supporting SCA in their estate plans and/or establishing life income or other planned gifts. The Society honors SCA’s founder, Liz Putnam and her vision in creating the SCA.

    Learn More

    To learn how you can make your own legacy gift to SCA, please call (888) 722-9675 ext. 2024 or send an email to:

  • Employer-Matched Gifts

    Did you know your employer might double—or even triple—your donations to the Student Conservation Association? Some companies even match donations made from spouses and retirees. Contributions of any amount help us protect more parks and green spaces across the country. Please use this search tool to see if your company will match your donation and to access forms, guidelines, and instructions.

  • Major Gifts

    If you are interested in having an even greater impact by embracing a bold vision of building the next generation of conservation leaders while protecting our public lands, please contact our major gifts team at or call 888-722-9675 to learn more.

  • Donate Stock or Assets

    One attraction of donating appreciated securities, like stock, is that the tax savings enable you to make a gift at less cost than if you were to sell the shares and donate the equivalent amount in cash outright.

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  • Gifts to Honor and Remember

    Make a gift to the Student Conservation Association in memory of someone special, or to celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday, wedding or holiday. Give a gift now in honor or memory of someone special. You’ll have the option to mail or email a notification that you gave in their honor.

  • Monthly Giving

    Make a monthly donation to the Student Conservation Association and support conservation all year long. With your monthly gift you will provide a steady stream of assistance to our conservation programs and provide valuable protection to our environment — saving valuable resources. Contributions are charged to your credit card once every month. Join now.

    As an SCA Trail Builder (Monthly Donor), you will receive special privileges in recognition of your loyal support:

    A special welcome packet for first-time Monthly Donors
    A subscription to the Greenway, our quarterly print newsletter
    An email subscription to Field Notes, a monthly roundup of SCA happenings, news and events
    SCA’s annual wall calendar
    Invitations to SCA events
    Annual Trail Builder statement of giving
    Start your monthly donation now.

  • Renew Your Support

    Once you’ve become a donor, renew your support by giving to our annual fund. In doing so, you will provide a source of much needed support to help build the next generation of conservation leaders. Renew online today.

Tax Identification

The Student Conservation Association is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. All gifts to the Student Conservation Association are considered tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. You may download a copy of our IRS designation letter here.

Student Conservation Association Tax Identification number is: 91-0880684.

SCA’s Financials

Contact Us

We are happy to discuss any ways to support the SCA listed here with you.

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