Why Do You Give? One Donor’s Story

Here’s one couple's inspiring story about the western landscapes they love. What’s your story?

Each person who contributes 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.

Bob and Linda Granzow have made a provision in their estate plans to leave their homes in both Montana and Arizona to the Conservancy. Bob also donates his wonderful nature photos. Bob and Linda say this is their way of helping preserve the natural world they are passionate about.
“We need to take care of nature—the Conservancy way.”

- Bob Granzow, Conservancy Supporter

Why do you give to The Nature Conservancy?

Bob Granzow:

This is the only planet we have and if we ruin it, we’re doomed. Linda and I appreciate the Conservancy’s pragmatic approach to conserving nature. The Conservancy recognizes that development will happen, and that we need to be smart about how it happens. We need to use our resources wisely.

We also appreciate how the Conservancy works with many different groups to conserve treasured landscapes. Along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front, the Conservancy has built the trust of ranchers and is working with them to protect the ranchlands where grizzly bears roam. The presence of the bears here on the prairie in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains shows this ecosystem is healthy.

What is your favorite place in nature?

Bob Granzow:

Linda and I have traveled to seven continents, and we love Antarctica. It’s an awesome landscape. But we also love Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front and we think the Grand Canyon in Arizona is just awesome.

Tell us your first memory or experience in nature.

Bob Granzow:

I grew up in southern Idaho. When I was in high school I went on a 90-mile hike with my church group through central Idaho, starting near Stanley and trekking along the Salmon River. That trip really opened my eyes to the value of nature and environmentalism.

What is your wish for nature?

Bob Granzow:

We need to take care of it—the Conservancy way, through good science and practical solutions.

Linda Granzow: We hope that folks will think of The Nature Conservancy, too, in their end-of-year giving and that through charitable donations, even more of nature can be preserved for posterity.