|Photo by Geoff Geupel, PRBO.|
He advocates for planned giving—"the only way for non-profit organizations to achieve any kind of financial security for the long term," he says. Because planned giving vehicles hold so many advantages, both for the donor family and the beneficiary organization, Rig calls them "the ultimate charity."
In fact, he's willing and eager to discuss the options with anyone considering this meaningful way to support PRBO's work. Rig Currie offers to personally explain the mechanisms for including PRBO Conservation Science in your estate plans.
|An Orange-crowned Warbler at PRBO's bird-banding lab ignited Rig Currie's commitment. Photo © David Gardner|
For a person like Rig, whose passions for birds and the environment are intertwined, the reasons for guaranteeing PRBO's strength into the future are obvious. "I'm particularly excited about scientific research that results in something concrete, on the ground," he says. "You can see PRBO's recommendations being implemented in California's Central Valley and elsewhere." PRBO carries out monitoring studies of bird populations to provide practical guidelines for habitat restoration and protection.
Rig Currie also understands the full range of benefits available to individuals through estate planning for a charitable cause. Says Rig, "IRAs are ideal mechanisms for planned giving. One can take care of a spouse for life and leave more to heirs through a trust arrangement than directly. Or, one can leave the IRA directly to a charity. There are many other mechanisms that might be more suitable for an individual.
What's more: "Planned giving gives people who believe in PRBO and its conservation research the opportunity to support us in a lasting and meaningful way."
Leave a Legacy
Conserving birds and ecosystems for future generations.
Become a member of the Tern Society and create a lasting gift by supporting PRBO.
Accomplish far more than you thought possible by including PRBO in your tax-wise estate planning.
By creating a charitable trust or remembering PRBO in your will you may:
For more information about PRBO's Tern Society and planned giving program, please contact Nancy Gamble at 707-781-2554 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rig Currie's own commitment to PRBO dates back to his 1989 visit to our Palomarin Field Station: "I saw an Orange-crowned Warbler in the hand!" That memory stands out even now, as Rig travels widely to try and sight at least one member of every bird family in the world.
Having learned that PRBO studies—of warblers and many other birds—provide answers to crucial questions about our environment, Rig became committed to PRBO's long-term stability. We invite you to meet with him and Nancy Gamble, Director of Individual Giving, and discuss planned giving. Rig Currie can be reached at 415-663-1755 or email@example.com, and Nancy's contact information is in the box at left. Thank you!