Bequest Stories

“What will future generations have to look forward to if we don’t take care of nature?"

If you want to protect the lands and waters you care about, but cannot make a gift today, you can still leave a legacy that reflects your individual values by including The Nature Conservancy in your will or estate plan. It is easy to make a charitable bequest. And bequests let you retain control of your assets during your lifetime. They may also provide estate tax savings.

Bob and Linda Granzow wanted to help ensure that the natural places they cherish would be there for future generations to enjoy. Through their estate plans, Bob and Linda left their homes in Arizona and Montana to the Conservancy. With their generous gift they became members of The Legacy Club - a special group of visionary supporters who have chosen to make a lasting commitment to the future of nature.

Their Story

As Bob and Linda Granzow think back to the beautiful places where they grew up, they are both struck by how much they took it all for granted. Bob remembers playing outdoors in Idaho, and Linda fondly recalls swimming in local lakes in Michigan. Today, they see pollution and development “gobbling up our resources” and they want to do something about it.

“I think sometimes people forget that we only have one planet Earth,” says Bob. “And we don’t get a redo,” adds Linda.

The couple has certainly seen more of the world than most: They met in Germany, where they lived for seven years while working for the Army, and have traveled across Europe and the Mediterranean. This year, they are particularly excited about upcoming trips to Antarctica and Africa.

Both take great pleasure in the simple joys of nature—often found right outside their door at their summer home in Montana or at nearby preserves in Arizona, where they live most of the year. Linda loves sitting on her back porch in Montana watching “the wind rustle the grass.” Bob is often found taking photos of “the details of nature,” especially flowers. His photographs are regularly shown in a gallery in Montana, and he has even been generous enough to allow the Conservancy to use his work in our materials. Bob recently won Photo of the Month for January 2012.

When Linda and Bob decided to leave their houses in both Arizona and Montana as a charitable bequest to the Conservancy, it was after a long association as members that began when they were living in Virginia. They liked the staff they got to know there and enjoyed the plentiful opportunities the Conservancy offered to get out into nature. But most of all, they appreciate what they call the Conservancy’s “smart approach,” such as partnering with ranchers or other private landowners to find workable solutions that benefit people and nature.

“The Conservancy’s approach is the most sensible one out there,” says Bob. “And they make decisions that work for the long term. It’s simple really, but I always say ‘genius lies in simplicity.’”

Both Linda and Bob believe there is no time like the present to protect the future. That is why they chose to make a charitable bequest. For them, their gift is a small way to help preserve the natural world they are so passionate about.

“What will future generations have to look forward to if we don’t take care of nature? Will the planet be able to support them?” asks Linda. Adds Bob, “Somebody has to step up and do something.”

Information that may interest you ...

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