2014 Season Launching On February 27th!
Join us for The Nature Conservancy’s first Gen C event of 2014! We will welcome Bill Raynor, Director of the Conservancy’s Indo-Pacific Division Director. Bill has lived in that region for more than 34 years and will provide us with some insight into the Conservancy’s efforts to protect and restore its magical landscapes. He will also talk specifically about the Conservancy’s work to protect the rainforests of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, which provide critical habitat to endangered orangutans. Watch an inspiring overview video of the Conservancy’s work in the Indo Pacific region.
The agenda for the evening is as follows:
5:00 optional tour of the Efroymson Conservation Center (the Conservancy’s sustainable Indiana headquarters building, which has achieved the honor of a platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council)
6:00 Bill Raynor speaks about the Conservancy’s work in the Indo Pacific Region
6:45 Brief introduction to the Gen C Giving Tree
The Conservancy will provide appetizers, wine, and soft drinks. RSVPs appreciated -- to Christine Krejci at email@example.com or 317-829-3853.
With the new Giving Tree program, Gen C members can now choose where their conservation dollars are being used.
The Generation Conservation (Gen C) Giving Tree is a new project which gives conservation-minded people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s the opportunity to engage directly in the work of The Nature Conservancy in Indiana. Giving Tree members will have the opportunity to meet Conservancy staff and see their work first-hand, learning more about Indiana forests, prairies, and wetlands.
The Gen C Giving Tree is a giving circle. Members of the Giving Tree will each contribute $600 to a pool of funds. Three Indiana Nature Conservancy scientists will present unique conservation projects eligible for the funding pool. At the end of the season, each Giving Tree household will cast one vote to determine which conservation project will receive the pool of funds. Donations can be given by an individual, a couple, or a family, or two households can share one $600 vote. Donations may be made as one payment, or we can set up monthly payments by credit card.
Stretching your money further...One generous Gen C family has generously offered to match each $600 donation, up to $10,000. This means that if we have 17 members, we can raise over $20,000 for conservation in Indiana!
And the Winner is . . .
Efroymson Restoration at Kankakee Sands
The Nature Conservancy’s inaugural year of the Gen C Giving Tree was a wonderful success! Thanks to 50 Gen C members, we raised $23,200 for a conservation project in Indiana. Giving Tree participants visited three project sites and then voted for their favorite to receive the entire pool of funds. Contenders included a botanical survey for the Forest Bank, a new “fire truck” for the prescribed fire program, and an observation deck for the new wetland area at Kankakee Sands. After a season of stiff competition, Kankakee Sands ended up with the winning vote. Congratulations to our staff at Kankakee Sands, and thank you to all of our Giving Tree donors and supporters!
We Need People Like YOU to Join Gen C!
Through membership in Generation Conservation, you can play an active role in preserving the forests, prairies, rivers, and caves that make Indiana a wonderful place to live. Gen C will provide special opportunities for you and your family to learn more about conservation opportunities in Indiana through both indoor and outdoor activities, including guided hikes, canoe trips, fun and informative lectures, and parties. You’ll meet like-minded people AND your membership will help The Nature Conservancy achieve meaningful, lasting conservation results in Indiana.
Gen C Giving Tree Benefits
- A one-year subscription to our award-winning bi-monthly magazine Nature Conservancy, to inform you about the latest conservation issues and the many places we are protecting around the world.
- A one-year subscription to the Indiana Chapter semi-annual newsletter, Nature Matters, highlighting the important work being done closer to home.
- Site visits to three Conservancy projects competing for Giving Circle funds guided by knowledgeable Nature Conservancy staff.
- It Feels Good, the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping ensure the health and survival of the natural world that sustains us all.
- Children's activities geared to helping you teach your children about nature, volunteerism, and giving.
- Invitations to our launch party in February an our wrap party in October, where we'll celebrate the year and choose a winning project
Download the Gen C Giving Tree pledge form.