It seemed like an enormous leap of faith. Launching the most ambitious campaign in the history of The Nature Conservancy in Georgia in the middle of a recession?
But our dedicated staff and these incredible leaders knew that with bold vision, tenacity and lots of hard work, together we could make an enormous difference for the future of Georgia’s woods, waters and coast. And we did it. The Georgia for Generations campaign has raised more than $25 million for conservation across the state, which, in turn has leveraged an additional $50 million in public dollars.
Every staff member, every trustee, every donor, every member, every partner helped make this possible. But our campaign leaders are the few who were audacious enough to meet this challenge.
Tricia Allen has been a guiding force for The Nature Conservancy in Georgia since the 1990s. With an adventurous spirit and unshakable fundraising skills, Tricia has poured her time and energy into the cause of land protection. Her commitment has led to the preservation of some of our state’s most beautiful landscapes from the coast to the north Georgia mountains.
Jim Kennedy is a dedicated conservationist whose vision and leadership have helped protect wild places around the world. While serving on the Conservancy’s national Board of Directors, his family provided seed funds to begin The Nature Conservancy’s work on Georgia’s Altamaha River in the 1990s, and they have also supported the organization in Colorado, Hawaii, Ohio and Montana.
Pamela Isdell grew up in Africa and has a deep passion for the natural world. She has served on the Conservancy’s board of trustees in Georgia since 2006, and also serves on The Nature Conservancy’s Africa Council. Her global perspective enriches our work in many ways. “Being part of this campaign has enabled me to be personally involved in helping fundraise and donate to ecosystems that need to be preserved. It has been a wonderful adventure for me.”
Braye Boardman has served as chair of our board of trustees in Georgia and was excited to take on the challenge of the campaign. “The Georgia for Generations campaign has shown me how incredibly important our landscape is to the citizens of Georgia. While the campaign was kicked off during one of the worst economic times in our country's history, people invested heavily in our conservation work, showing how important our woods, our water, and our coast are to the people of our state.”
Jeannie Wright, Chair of the Board of Trustees during the last two years of the campaign, is an unwavering supporter of conservation. “A museum collects works of art to preserve and share with others; conservation accomplishes the same thing for the incredible, natural world around us,” Jeannie said. “The Georgia for Generations campaign has significantly augmented our collection of natural treasures for the benefit of plants, animals, and people.”
September 19, 2013