Giving Compass’ Take:
• Laura and Jack Dangermond donated $165 million to The Nature Conservancy to help drive progress in conservation work. This has inspired a wave of donor support for the organization.
• The author mentions that savvy investors will consider impact investing to drive environmental progress. What might this look like?
• Here are three ways to engage in impact investing.
Laura and Jack Dangermond, founders of GIS software company Esri, donated an incredible $165 million to The Nature Conservancy. Through this contribution, The Nature Conservancy was able to buy and protect 38 square miles of “the last perfect place in California.”
Known to many as the Bixby Ranch, the area sits at Point Conception—California’s elbow, near Santa Barbara—and has remain untouched by development. The site will connect more than 125,000 acres of protected land—undisturbed coastal habitat, huge expanses of estuaries, coastal prairie, grasslands and oak forests—that have long-existed in their natural, wild state.
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This contribution inspired a wave of support from other donors and allowed to close this deal entirely with private funding. The Dangermonds have quietly supported many nonprofits over the years, but this time they agreed to be more visible. By creating the new Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve, they hope to inspire others who can make a similar difference.
Ready to follow the Dangermonds and build your own investment in nature? Here are a few ways that savvy investors and business people can help protect important lands and waters around the world.
- Donate—no matter how big or small.
- Consider impact investing.
- Take advantage of green financial products.
Read more about conservation by Mark Tercek at Forbes.
Looking for a way to get involved?
Learning with others and benchmarking are key steps towards becoming an impact giver. If you are interested in giving with impact for Conservation, take a look at these events, galas, conferences and volunteering opportunities to connect with individuals like you.
Are you ready to give?
In addition to learning and connecting with others, taking action is a key step towards becoming an impact giver. If you are interested in giving with impact for Conservation take a look at these Giving Funds, Charitable Organizations or Projects.