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Why We Joined PRBO's Tern Society


Dick Bricker and Emily Johnson in their San Francisco Symphony volunteer attire. Photo courtesy Emily Johnson
PRBO's Director of Individual Giving, Sarah Huard, recently spoke with long-time PRBO members Emily Johnson and Dick Bricker about their decision to make a lasting, planned gift to PRBO.

Sarah: Emily and Dick, how did you first become involved with PRBO?

Emily and Dick: About 15 years ago we participated in a mist-netting and banding demonstration at the Palomarin Field Station. We then got to know some PRBO staff and members of the Board of Directors and became further involved by helping with an in-field survey of wetlands birds.

Sarah: You've supported PRBO as an annual donor for years. Why did you decide to become members of PRBO's Tern Society?

Emily and Dick: We never doubt that our annual contributions are well spent. We consider PRBO one of three top, truly effective environmental organizations along with Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund and The Nature Conservancy. We feel the long-range implications of PRBO's research are intriguing and vital to the continuation of multiple species.

Sarah: Can you tell us which planned gift vehicle you decided to use to support PRBO beyond your lifetime?

Emily and Dick: We've included PRBO in our will. That way, after our lifetime, our gift will pass to PRBO and our estate can take a charitable deduction for the amount of our bequest.

Sarah: Do you have any other thoughts you'd like to share with our readers?

Emily and Dick: PRBO is so appealing to us because supporting the organization feels great, especially when participating in activities is so much fun. The basic science employed by PRBO is easily understood and disseminated, and knowledgeable scientists with a "people perspective" lead the field trips. We appreciate the fact that PRBO's cooperation with other organizations is so apparent and important. Finally, the staff--both scientific and administrative--are outstanding.

There are many ways to help PRBO drive effective, science-based conservation. Becoming a member of the Tern Society and remembering PRBO in your estate plan is a wonderful choice! If you would like more information about becoming a member of the Tern Society and making a planned gift to PRBO, please contact Sarah Huard at 415-868-1221, ext. 324, or shuard@prbo.org.