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Ways to Give

Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail is a 501c(3) charitable organization registered with New York State. Your financial support is greatly appreciated, and every dollar goes into improving the rail trail. Please give if you’re able to. Thank you.

How to Give

Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail uses PayPal to process online donations; you do not need to have a PayPal account. To give online, go to, or scan the QR code below with your mobile device’s camera, then tap the displayed link to go to our PayPal donation site. Simply follow PayPal’s instructions to complete the transaction via credit/debit or ACH withdrawal.


Make your gift go further: Does your employer match employees’ charitable donations? You might be able to double your gift to ECRT!

Prefer to send a check? Please mail it to ECRT, PO Box 584, Orchard Park, NY 14127.

NYS Charitable Donation Disclosures
  • ECRT is an all-volunteer charitable organization. All funds received are dedicated to promotion, design, and construction of Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail.

  • The latest financial report from ECRT may be obtained from the NYS Attorney General's Charities Bureau website at, or by written request to Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail, PO Box 584, Orchard Park, NY 14127.

  • Information about charities may be obtained by calling the NYS Attorney General at (212) 416-8686.

Legacy Donations

There are several ways that through your legacy you can help with ECRT’s vision to develop and connect a network of safe and accessible trails from Orchard Park to Ashford, for all families and visitors to the area.


A Bequest in Your Will

The simplest way to include the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail in your planned giving is to write us into your will.

The following is sample language that you can use: I give and bequeath to the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail, Inc., PO Box 584, Orchard Park, NY 14127, _____% of my estate (or the sum of $_____, a specific piece of property, or asset) to be used as advised by the board of directors.

IRA, 401K, or Life Insurance Policy

Do you have an IRA, 401(k), life insurance policy, or any other assets not included in your will? If so, these are called non-probate assets, and you must plan your beneficiaries for them separately. If you’d like to do this on your own, simply include our full name and address when filling out your beneficiaries: Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail, Inc., PO Box 584, Orchard Park, NY 14127.

Donor-Advised Fund

If you are using a donor-advised fund for your annual giving, consider directing your fund administrator to designate Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail, Inc. as the beneficiary of any remainder.

As a Contingent Beneficiary

If you have family members or friends that you plan on leaving your assets to, consider including the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail, Inc. as a contingent beneficiary. This ensures that, no matter what happens, your assets will end up protected and designated.

Let Us Know!

Have you already included a gift to us in your will or trust? We would love to thank you for your generosity! Please let us know by contacting us to ensure that we know your vision and goals.

Thank you. Without supporters like you, our miles of trails would not be possible!

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