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Why I Give: One Donor’s Story

Austin resident Kevin McDevitt has been involved with The Nature Conservancy since the late 1990s. As an ardent nature lover, he was looking for an organization that shared his passion for protecting the environment. A friend recommended he check out the Conservancy—he did and has never looked back.

Why do you give to The Nature Conservancy?

Kevin McDevitt:

I believe in the Conservancy's pragmatic and collaborative approach and like that it's focused on concrete, tangible results. It's easy to see the direct impact of your contributions and feel like you're making a difference. And I like that the Conservancy operates globally and takes a strategic approach to its conservation efforts. I also believe in their mission of preserving habitat and ensuring biodiversity. On a more personal level, after I've spent time in nature, I always leave feeling a renewed sense of responsibility to help preserve it. The outdoors have been such a source of enjoyment and renewal for me that I can't help but want to do what I can to protect it for myself and others.

What is your favorite place in nature and why?

Kevin McDevitt:

There are so many places I've enjoyed visiting in nature, so many different landscapes. But as someone who grew up in the Midwest, I love the serenity of the freshwater lakes. They make such a calming and soothing setting, especially when watching a sunset.

What is one of your fondest memories in nature?

Kevin McDevitt:

I went whitewater rafting on the Lower Salmon River in Idaho about six years ago as part of an Outward Bound trip. Rafting down the river was a lot of fun, but the setting itself was spectacular, with canyons often framing the river. There would be great silence followed by the roar of the rapids. We camped on the banks and I loved going to sleep each night to the sound of the river.

With 2014 just dawning, do you have any hopes for this new year?

Kevin McDevitt:

To see solar power become cost competitive with fossil fuels. Why not?

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