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Friday, November 25, 2011

Leave a Legacy for Endangered Species




You've helped us become the nation's leading endangered species protection group, driving innovative legal, scientific and media campaigns forward. Thank you.

Without your activism and support we wouldn't be able to win protections, year after year, for the hundreds of imperiled plants and animals facing extinction and the millions of acres of critical habitat 


they need to survive.

The Center has grown from a small group of passionate, driven individuals to a highly sophisticated, nationwide powerhouse for biological diversity and at-risk species. Since founding the Center in 1989 I've spent my life pushing forward this mission, and I can tell you that we have decades of work left to do -- and we're not giving an inch.
 
Our legacy to the planet and all its inhabitants, down through the generations, must be a world that's rich with all the magnificent creatures evolution has given us -- the Florida manatee, jaguar and dwarf seahorse that inspire our wonder and imagination and sustain us with a livable globe.

I'm writing today to ask you to consider what your legacy will be. If you believe -- as our board of directors and staff do -- that we must plan for that future, I hope you'll consider making a legacy commitment to the Center.

There are many ways to support the Center's long-time work. A woman in California made us a residual beneficiary of her retirement plan; an author donated his book royalties; a couple in Florida put us in their will; and a marine biologist named us in her charitable remainder unitrust.

Legacy giving is a significant, vital way to support the Center long-term so we can continue our lifesaving work. It's a way to make a gift for the future without cutting corners in the present. There are many different ways to give, and I encourage you to start planning with your family for the legacy you want to leave. Talk with a financial advisor and check out our Web page for more information: www.biologicaldiversity.org/legacy.

If you've already named the Center in your estate plans, please let us know so we can add you to the Legacy Society. If you prefer to be anonymous, we're happy to accommodate that.

Your support for the future will ensure that our staff can keep taking on the toughest challenges and defend against threats to our grandchildren's heritage of wild animals, plants and places.

Whether you have an advisor or are just starting to consider a legacy gift, my staff and I would be happy to talk with you about what your options might be. Reply to this email, call us toll-free at (866) 357-3349 x 318 or visit our website to learn more.

Thank you for considering a legacy commitment this year.

Sincerely,

KierĂ¡n Suckling
Maybe it is me, but now that I am 50 years old, I find myself thinking more and more about what kind of legacy I am leaving behind. I remember as a child arguing with my older sister about which one of us would be the 'first woman president' obviously that did not happen, real life took over instead of childhood dreams.
But more and more, I hope and pray I can honestly say that I left behind a legacy of Truth, Fairness, Mercy and above all, Love and Compassion, especially Love of Family. Despite all this non-sense about business being the so called back bone of society, it is really The Family. After all, it is the parent of small children who is most likely to work all the extra hours needed to afford what they need, more than the 'greediest' single person without family responsibilities. A true loving Mother/Father would do anything/everything for their children, which is why The Family really does matter. After all, it is our True Legacy, because the world we leave behind is the world that they will raise our Grandchildren in.