Legacy Gifts

How Will You Be Remembered?

What is the story of your legacy? What lasting impact do you want to leave? Make it one of a California with its natural and working lands in a thriving balance.

Uniting People to Help California Thrive Today and for Future Generations

Sustainable Conservation cultivates California’s most important resource – common ground. Every day, we bring together business, landowners, and government to protect our air, land, and water in ways that make economic sense. With your legacy gift, this uncommon strength will continue to benefit California’s natural and working lands today and for generations to come.

Martha HendersonQuestions? Contact Martha Henderson, Director of Development, at 415-977-0380 x 305.

Easy Steps to Creating a Lasting Impact:

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Employer Matching Gifts

Contact your employer’s matching gift program for details on how to request a match. Most often, you will start by making your own gift and then send your company’s matching gift form to Sustainable Conservation to verify your gift. Some programs use payroll deductions for making contributions. Having your company match is a great way to increase the impact of your donation!

Gifts of Stock

Using shares of appreciated stock to make your contribution can be a tax-smart way to give. When you transfer shares, you are entitled to claim the full fair market value as a charitable gift (up to 30% of your AGI) if you have owned the stock for more than one year. In addition, by transferring directly (rather than selling the stock and making a cash gift), you avoid paying long-term capital gains tax on the increased value.

If you would like to donate shares to Sustainable Conservation, please request that your broker transfer shares to Charles Schwab, DTC # 0164 – Sustainable Conservation account #7179-9252. Please advise your broker to add your name to the transaction confirmation. To ensure that your gift is processed accurately, please contact Cristina Araujo at (415) 977-0380 x315, or at caraujo@suscon.org, to advise of the stock type and amount.

Donor-Advised Funds

You can make a gift to Sustainable Conservation through your Donor Advised Fund (DAF).

DAFs can be easily set up through a community foundation or your financial institution to serve as a flexible charitable giving vehicle. Please contact your local community foundation or financial advisor for specific advice about how to establish a DAF.

If you already have a DAF through an organization that participates in DAF Direct, you can make a grant recommendation using the form. Please contact your DAF directly if your fund is not listed.

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Foundation Grants

Foundations comprise the majority of our institutional donor base. Our generous foundation donors make grants that enable our consistent, sustainable programmatic growth through their keen awareness of community needs, meaningful organizational goals, and high standards of accountability.

To learn more about our current goals and initiatives, contact Teresa Parker (Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations) at tparker@suscon.org or at (415) 977-0380 x312.

We are proud to acknowledge grants of $5,000 or more received from the following foundations in 2015 and 2016.

2015 Founder Circle

Gifts of $100,000 or more
  • The Annenberg Foundation
  • California Water Foundation
  • The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • The Dirk and Charlene Kabcenell Foundation
  • Morgan Family Foundation
  • Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation
  • S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
  • TomKat Charitable Trust

2016 Founder Circle

Gifts of $100,000 or more
  • The Battery Foundation
  • Bonneville Environmental Foundation
  • California Water Foundation
  • The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • Morgan Family Foundation
  • S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation

2015 Visionary Circle

Gifts between $50,000 and $99,999
  • Bonneville Environmental Foundation
  • The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment
  • The Rose Hills Foundation

2015 Innovator Circle

Gifts between $25,000 and $49,999
  • The Donor Circle for the Environment, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • The Joseph Drown Foundation
  • The Lennox Foundation
  • The Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund
  • Anonymous
  • The Seaver Institute

2016 Innovator Circle

Gifts between $25,000 and $49,999
  • The Grove Foundation
  • The Joseph Drown Foundation
  • The Lennox Foundation
  • The Sand Hill Foundation

2015 Entrepreneur Circle

Gifts between $10,000 and $24,999
  • Adams Legacy Foundation
  • Flora L. Thornton Foundation
  • Roth Family Foundation

2016 Entrepreneur Circle

Gifts between $10,000 and $24,999
  • The William C. Bannerman Foundation
  • Anonymous

2015 Partner Circle

Gifts between $5,000 and $9,999
  • Fred Gellert Family Foundation
  • MacTon Foundation
  • Rossi Family Foundation

2016 Partner Circle

Gifts between $5,000 and $9,999
  • Fred Gellert Family Foundation
  • Rossi Family Foundation

Corporate Gifts

From underwriting organizational events and employee matching gift programs to on-the-ground programmatic support, our corporate funders partner with Sustainable Conservation to steward our natural resources in ways that make economic sense while advancing their global sustainability initiatives.

To learn more about our current goals and initiatives, contact Teresa Parker (Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations) at tparker@suscon.org or at (415) 977-0380 x312.

We are proud to acknowledge grants of $5,000 or more received from the following corporate partners in 2015 and 2016.

2015 Founder Circle

Gifts of $100,000 or more
  • Coca-Cola Foundation
  • Wells Fargo Foundation

2016 Founder Circle

Gifts of $100,000 or more
  • Bank of America Charitable Foundation
  • General Mills
  • Wells Fargo Foundation

2015 Innovator Circle

Gifts between $25,000 and $49,999
  • The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation
  • Chevron Corporation
  • General Mills
  • MillerCoors

2016 Innovator Circle

Gifts between $25,000 and $49,999
  • The Almond Board of California
  • The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation (corporate matching gifts)
  • Coca-Cola North America Group Water Sustainability Program
  • MillerCoors

2015 Entrepreneur Circle

Gifts between $10,000 and $24,999
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company