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Bequest Stories

If you want to protect the lands and waters you care about, but cannot make a gift today, you can still leave a legacy that reflects your individual values by including The Nature Conservancy in your will or estate plan. It is easy to make a charitable bequest. What’s more, you retain control of your assets during your lifetime. Bequests also may provide estate tax savings.

Bob and Cathy Randall each took the simple steps to include The Nature Conservancy in their wills because they wanted to leave gifts that would have a lasting impact on the natural world. Like Bob and Cathy, when you let us know you have made a gift through your estate to The Nature Conservancy, you become a member of The Legacy Club—a special group of visionary supporters who have chosen to stand up for the future of the natural world.

Choosing a Charitable Bequest: Our Story

We have spent a lifetime enjoying nature all around the world and right here in our backyard. We chose to support the Conservancy with charitable bequests because we’ve seen firsthand the pressures on the natural world and we want to do our part to help. Once we decided to make a bequest, Conservancy staff were so helpful. It was as simple as can be.

For as long as we have been together we have delighted in the sights and sounds of nature. Bob is an avid birder (we’ve traveled to all seven continents) and I love hearing the sounds of wildlife as we wander through forests or beside wetlands. Today we have scaled back our travels and are relishing the rich environment here in Illinois at the Spunky Bottoms preserve where we recently donated a 92-acre conservation easement to the Conservancy.

We are both retired but are so busy helping out organizations like the Conservancy, the National Federation of the Blind and our college alma maters that we feel like professional volunteers. I am always on the go writing grants or attending meetings. And Bob is out with Conservancy staff and other organizations every spring during migration helping conduct bird inventories at local preserves and across the county.

Charitable Bequest: Our Gift to the Future

We have led wonderful lives and it gives us great joy to give something back. We each left a bequest to the Conservancy because we really appreciate their philosophy and the way they go about protecting land. They work in partnership with communities and people and don’t try to do it all by themselves.

Every few months we sit down together to read about the Conservancy’s achievements, and each time we continue to be impressed with how much they have accomplished in a relatively short amount of time. We believe our bequests will help ensure that they will be able to continue this exceptional work long into the future. That is also why we decided to donate the conservation easement at Spunky Bottoms. It makes us a part of something bigger than ourselves. The more we can do protect the natural places left in the world, the better we feel. After all, as Mark Twain remarked, “They aren’t making any more of it.”


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