Personal Donor Stories

We thank all our Wildlife Legacy Society donors for their generous support. Here are some of their stories.

Dr. H. Robert Krear Charitable Gift Annuity

"For me, the wild animals that share our world are fascinating, and I like that Defenders fights for wildlife. Creating a gift annuity with Defenders is a way for me to make a significant gift to benefit wildlife and conservation."
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Consuelo LarrabeeBequest

"I truly believe in keeping the wild in wildlife, and Defenders is number one at protecting the wild animals and places I love."
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Elaine Livesey-FasselBequest

"I read the paper every morning, keeping an eye out for any coverage on animal issues—wild or domestic. Whenever something catches my eye, I write a letter to the editor. I want them to know there are people out here who are reading and share their concerns."
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Doug GilpinBequest

"Through my travel and work in Texas, I've seen how important a healthy environment is for wildlife—and Defenders is a well-run organization that is achieving its goal to protect wildlife and habitats in a variety of ways."
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Lyn Washington Bequest

"For me, the wolf symbolizes everything that is wild and free and independent about our world"
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Stephanie DeThomasIndividual Retirement Account

"I was so impressed by Defenders' response and by what they were doing to help the wolves, that I've been a member ever since."
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Donald LipmansonBequest

"I can't think of another national group that does such a great job handling issues both inside and outside Washington D.C."
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Leslie SchratzBequest

"I think growing up in the Pacific Northwest is where I first fell in love with wildlife and our country's stunning wilderness areas"
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Don BarryBequest

"I have always wanted the bequests in my will to support the causes I care deeply about, and I care deeply about the wildlife conservation mission of Defenders,"
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Gloria KopeckyBequest

"Leaving a legacy to Defenders is my way of making sure that my voice for wildlife will be heard long after I am gone"
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Natalie ShuttleworthCharitable Gift Annuity

A longtime supporter of Defenders, Natalie is also a member of our Wildlife Legacy Society, a special group of people who have expressed their commitment to protecting wildlife by including Defenders in their estate plans.
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Barbara LongBequest & Individual Retirement Account

"There's just something about the Florida panther," says Barbara Long of San Antonio, Texas. "The first time I saw the unique black markings on its face, I was hooked."
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Tiese and Bob QuinnBequest & Charitable Gift Annuity

Tiese and Bob Quinn's love of the wilderness has led them on many horseback trips through the Golden Trout Wilderness, South Sierra Wilderness, and Dome Land Wilderness.
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Bonnie Keith Living Trust

"Wolves are such a vital part of our ecosystem," says Bonnie, "and Defenders is just unwavering in their commitment to protecting them." According to Bonnie, it's this steadfast commitment that first drew her to become a Defender's member, and later to include us in her trust.
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Bob and Harriet JakovinaBequest

Bob and Harriet Jakovina live in San Jose, California with their two Belgian sheepdogs Voodoo and Raven. Both retired teachers, Bob and Harriet have been married for 44 years and have supported Defenders of Wildlife since the early 1970s.
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Richard LatterellCharitable Gift Annuity

Ask Dick how he came to support Defenders of Wildlife, and his smile widens. "It's the wolves," he says. Describing an evening he and his wife spent in Yellowstone's Lamar Valley, Dick continues.
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Leigh Ann Rassler Bequest

"I had always had a passion for wildlife, and joined Defenders shortly after visiting Yellowstone for the first time in the summer of 1992,"
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