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A Legacy for the Future

The 1971 Society

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Gifts to NatureBridge represent an enduring commitment to the next generation and assure a future for environmental education and stewardship for the next 100 years. Legacy gifts shared today make a difference for tomorrow. We hope you will consider joining The 1971 Society.

We gratefully accept many types of deferred or legacy gifts.

  • Bequests: Donors may leave a portion of their estate to NatureBridge in their will.
  • Charitable Lead and Remainder Trusts: Charitable lead trusts operate for a set term, and payments are made to NatureBridge for that time period. After the end of the trust term, the remainder of the trust is distributed to non-charitable beneficiaries—such as family members. A charitable remainder trust, in contrast, can provide a stream of income for family members for the term of the trust before the remaining assets are transferred to NatureBridge.
  • Life Insurance: Donors designate NatureBridge as the beneficiary and the premiums paid by the donor are tax deductible.
  • IRA Rollover Gifts: NatureBridge is eligible for IRA qualified charitable distributions.

The 1971 Society?

NatureBridge is dedicated to connecting young people to the wonder and science of the natural world, igniting self-discovery and inspiring stewardship of our planet. From its founding in 1971, NatureBridge has been composed of leaders, teachers, scientists, students and donors who believe passionately in the inherent long-term vision of our mission. The 1971 Society is more than an acknowledgment of our 50+ years opening doors to nature, science, education and awe; it is a way to honor those who have demonstrated this long-term commitment to environmental education in support of the future well-being of our planet.

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NatureBridge would appreciate the opportunity to honor donors who include the organization in their estate plans and/or as a beneficiary of their trusts, plans or policies.

We are happy to customize recognition for donors with documented legacy and deferred gifts. Opportunities may include testimonials, listing in special donor publications and membership in planned giving circles. Donors may also choose to be anonymous.

Sharing appropriate documentation of revocable gifts with NatureBridge does not imply a binding agreement. It does, however, allow NatureBridge to steward donors and understand donor intentions during their lifetime. Acknowledgement of supporters (if not an anonymous gift) also inspires others to give, therefore multiplying the impact of a donation and of the donors’ legacy. 

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The Next Step

If you would like to learn more about joining The 1971 Society, please contact Aaron Rich, Chief Development Officer at arich@naturebridge.org or 415-992-4761.

Thank you for your support of our mission to connect young people to the wonder and science of the natural world, igniting self-discovery and inspiring stewardship of the planet. Legacy gifts help build the next generation of environmental stewards that understands, celebrates and protects the natural world.

Donors are advised to consult their legal, financial or tax professional when gift planning.  

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Our Donors

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Tracy Thompson

Inspired by NatureBridge's impact on the students and her own love of the wild, Tracy Thompson provided pro bono legal services to NatureBridge for years, before joining the National Board of Directors in 2000. She served for 19 years in a variety of roles, from Vice Chair of Operations, to Board Secretary and Chair of the Risk Management and Nominating Committees. With her most recent commitment to NatureBridge, Tracy joins the 1971 Society, a community of dedicated donors who have bequeathed legacy gifts to the organization. She has directed her bequest toward scholarships for children whose access to nature is otherwise limited and whose lives would be forever changed by NatureBridge’s transformative programs. Read more about Tracy and her enduring commitment to NatureBridge here.

Making a Difference for Tomorrow