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20th Anniversary Annual Fund

This year, we celebrated our 20th anniversary by pledging the most significant gift in our history to Save Our Scotland.

Now we need your help so that we can continue to support the National Trust for Scotland for decades to come. The best way to do this is with a tax-deductible year-end gift to our 20th Anniversary Annual Fund.

Scottish violinist Alistair McCulloch playing historic Burns violin.

2020

NTSUSA’s 20th Anniversary Year

We kicked off the celebration in January with a tour of the Gregg violin – owned by Robert Burns’s dancing master, and likely played by Rabbie himself – sharing this authentic and irreplaceable piece of Scottish heritage with 1,700 people in five different cities across the US and thousands more by TV, radio, and podcast.

2020 also marked one of the most challenging moments in our collective history. Faced with the loss of $35 million in income, the prospect of widespread layoffs, and even the potential sale of historic properties, the National Trust for Scotland asked for our help.

We committed $500,000 to the Trust’s Save Our Scotland appeal – the most important initiative our organization has undertaken in its twenty-year history.

And we have made a real difference. With our help, the Trust is taking steps toward recovery. Properties at all corners of Scotland have reopened, more than 200 jobs were saved, and the Trust has restarted key conservation projects.

A group of young visitors at Culloden Battlefield

Meanwhile, vacations to Scotland were canceled or postponed causing a significant dip in American membership sales. We also were unable to gather together in New York City for our annual gala, and instead celebrated Scotland’s treasures virtually in September. Despite these financial setbacks, our work continues.

Next year, the Trust will need our support for major projects at two historic sites beloved by Americans: Culloden Battlefield, which will recognize in April the 275th anniversary of the event that marked the end of the Jacobite Rising, and Canna, which holds a remarkable collection of records documenting Hebridean culture amassed by American Margaret Fay Shaw.

We need your help so that we can continue to support conservation and interpretation of treasured heritage sites like Culloden and Canna. The best way to do this is with a tax-deductible year-end gift to our 20th Anniversary Annual Fund.

The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that operates completely independently from the National Trust for Scotland. We receive no financial support from the Trust and are dependent on membership and unrestricted donations from Americans like you to raise visibility and funds in the United States for the Trust’s most urgent preservation priorities.

George and Mary Russell in St. Augustine, Florida

2020 ended with a tour of a different kind – an epic cross-country cycle in less than 50 days by 74-year-old George Russell. A Scot now based in Colorado, George connected individuals across the US with the Trust’s mission, raising more than $50,000 along the way.

With supporters like George – and you – we know that truly anything is possible. And while this is not how we envisioned celebrating The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA’s 20th anniversary year, we are proud that we have ultimately marked this milestone by playing such a significant role in helping the Trust continue to protect Scotland’s heritage.

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