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!
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!
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.
Download the Gen C Giving Tree pledge form.