2020 ~ It’s most definitely been a year many of us would like to forget!
The COVID-19 pandemic, social unrest, fires, floods and the uncertainty of the future –
At The Conservation Foundation, we have all felt the heaviness of life in these times right along with you.
But as with all trials, there are points of hope and valuable lessons to be gleaned from amongst the struggle. We have been forced to determine and turn to what is truly essential and most meaningful in our lives, and for so many people that “turning to” has been to nature. We need clean water and clean air for our very physical existence, and we need the beauty and tranquility nature offers to sooth our senses and souls and help us cope with all that is going on around us.
Nature is the foundation of our existence.
It only makes sense that that is where we turn when our footing starts to feel a little shaky.
Though we are unable to hold our annual fall Strengthening Our Foundation fundraiser,
our President/CEO Brook McDonald has some hopeful and exciting news
about nature and human resilience
as we move through these challenging times together.
The incredibly generous visionaries of the Hamill Family Foundation, recognizing the obvious concerns these unprecedented times bring to a philanthropy-based organization like The Conservation Foundation, have set forth a challenge to help send us into 2021 stronger than ever.
If we can raise $75,000 of new, or additional, money by the end of 2020,
the Hamill Family Foundation will donate an additional $75,000.
Yes, they will be matching all new donations up to $75,000, making your contributions go twice as far in the Strengthening Our Foundation $75K Challenge!
The support of our members and donors is what has allowed us over the last 48 years to preserve the local natural areas that we have turned to for strength and sustenance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Imagine if those places had not been there for us, if they had not been set aside in the past to become our refuge in this collective moment!
We are working in this moment and beyond it to ensure that in an uncertain future, our children and grandchildren
will have strong and vibrant natural areas to bring them through whatever challenges they may face.
Your gift today will help us meet our goal,
Strengthening Our Foundation so we can strengthen nature, our essential foundation.
We would like to sincerely thank the Hamill Family Foundation and all donors who help us rise to this challenge!