New Mexico

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 Mexico resident Al Sanborn, it's about supporting the Conservancy’s vision of leaving a sustainable world for future generations—a world that includes his two daughters.

Read his story below and then share your own story to inspire others as you have inspired us!
"I can see first-hand that our financial contributions are being used wisely"

- Al Sanborn, Conservancy Supporter

Why do you give to The Nature Conservancy?

Al Sanborn:

As a retired financial industry executive and board treasurer for The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico, I care about the bottom line. I can see first-hand that our financial contributions are being used wisely through the collaborative nature and science-based focus of the organization’s approach.

I'm also so impressed with the talented, high energy people who work at the Conservancy and are focused on really important issues such as water, land and forest protection.

What is your favorite place in nature?

Al Sanborn:

It’s hard to pick just one. My wife and I have traveled extensively and have visited a number of our national parks. In the lower 48, I’d say Grand Teton National Park and Monterey Bay are two of my favorite places. I also have an affinity for the Pecos Wilderness here in New Mexico, close to where I live in Santa Fe. This year, I’ve hiked more than 150 miles on the trails throughout this mountainous area.

Tell us your first memory or experience in nature?

Al Sanborn:

When I was a young boy of four or five, my family spent time together at a summer camp in Maine. I’m sure this early experience of exploring nature instilled a sense of connection to the natural world that compelled me to give my first gift to the Conservancy more than 25 years ago!

What is your wish for nature?

Al Sanborn:

In 2004, my wife Mary Anne and I started thinking more deeply about the Conservancy's vision of a sustainable world—a world in balance. We decided to join the Legacy Club, a group of Conservancy supporters who have made lasting commitments to conservation by naming the Conservancy in their will or estate plans. It’s a way for us to ensure that our giving can continue well into the future. And, that reflects my holiday wish for nature—a hope that others will remember to give back to nature and be thankful for all that it provides.


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