The American Friends of the Lebanon Mountain Trail (AFLMT) was incorporated in Washington, DC, on January 27th, 2009 as a non-profit organization with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code (note: formal tax-exempt status was received from IRS on August 10th, 2010, with an effective date of exemption of January 27th, 2009). The purposes of the organization are “to promote educational programs, environmental protection, natural and cultural heritage conservation and rural economic development related to and around the Lebanon Mountain Trail.”
The primary activities of the AFLMT are to promote awareness of the Lebanese Mountain Trail (LMT) and to provide financial and technical support for the protection, maintenance and promotion of the trail. The AFLMT will provide funds, in the discretion of its Board of Directors, to non-profit organizations in Lebanon including the LMT Association to help it implement programs and events that will further the purposes of the AFLMT. Candidate LMTA programs of interest to the AFLMT include Adopt a Trail, Become an LMT Volunteer, Annual Thru-Walk events, and programs intended to engage youth in placed-based education, outdoor recreation and learning, and public-service projects.
The AFLMT will solicit funds in the United States for its activities. All activities of the AFLMT will be funded through contributions or grants from individuals, corporations, foundations, and governmental agencies. The AFLMT will raise funds through personal solicitations, mail and email solicitations, and grant proposals. The organization also will accept donations on the AFLMT page of the LMTA website (online payment facility coming up).
The AFLMT will strengthen ties between Lebanon, in particular the 70 communities along the LMT, and Lebanese Americans and American hikers and friends of Lebanon, and encourage them to visit Lebanon, walk on the LMT, and discover or re-discover the unique natural and cultural heritage of the mountains of Lebanon. Membership in, and support for, the AFLMT offer a unique opportunity for all to share the gift of the Lebanon Mountain Trail and to help unleash the unlimited opportunities made possible by it.
Residents of the USA and Canada can order various LMT articles and items, such as the Guidebook, the Gift Box, brochures, pins, posters, and maps from the AFLMT. AFLMT also will sell the upcoming coffee-table book on the first-ever through-walk of the LMT, conducted last April 2009 (Text Hana El-Hibri, Photography Norbert Schiller). To find out more about the AFLMT, become a member, support or spearhead activities in your part of the United States, make a tax-deductible contribution, or order LMT items, please contact the AFLMT at the following address:
American Friends of the LMT
1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 1220
Arlington, VA 22209-2594
Board of Directors of the AFLMT:
Karim El-Jisr, Director
Doha J. Gabro, Treasurer and Director
Joseph G. Karam, President and Director
Sabra Purtill, Director
David Startzell, Secretary and Director