Why I Give: One Donor's Story

Each contributor to The Nature Conservancy has a story about why they give back to nature—to leave a legacy, to support our mission, to help protect our world.

For New Jersey resident Sharon Katope, it's about a childhood dream of protecting the trees and forests she loved.

"When I was a child we would travel to the New Jersey shore. I loved to look at the window of the station wagon and watch the trees of the Pine Barrens flow by. As the years passed, more housing and stores replaced the pine and deciduous forests. It made me sad to think of the death of the forests. I had a dream that one day I would purchase big tracts of land and not allow any more trees to die. The Nature Conservancy allows me to fulfill a long held childhood dream."

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"The Nature Conservancy allows me to fulfill a long held childhood dream."


Why do you give to The Nature Conservancy?

Sharon Katope:

I began in 1989 as a stretch in my budget because I believed in your mission. Now it is a habit that makes me feel good. I consider it my gift to everyone everywhere, regardless of how many legs you move with or, for that matter, if you have none at all.


What is your favorite place in nature?

Sharon Katope:

Anywhere with trees, sky and birds - creation has many forms and I am amazed by it all.


Tell us about your favorite memory or experience in nature?

Sharon Katope:

The first time I realized that the same force that moves in nature moved in me. I cannot tell you the date, but I do remember the place. I was in a national preserve in my native city of Philadelphia, PA. After that, I knew it would be part of me forever, and vice versa.


What is your wish for nature?

Sharon Katope:

My wish every day is for this planet to continue on in the state creation meant for it to be.


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