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Donor Stories

Donor Stories

Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving to our organization and others.

  • Memphis Volunteer Makes Lasting Gift to the Ducks
    Eleven-year Tennessee DU volunteer Tal Goldsby and his wife, Natalie, have spent countless hours together outdoors.
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  • A Friend to the Ducks and His Labs
    Clarence Klaus, Jr.of Pennsylvania is one of more than 5,600 Ducks Unlimited members sharing a 75th birthday with Ducks Unlimited and recently became a Feather Society member by including DU is his estate plan.
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  • Dr. Grant Brees
    Ducks Unlimited Benefactor and volunteer Dr. Grant Brees recently joined the Feather Society as a Diamond Feather Sponsor with his generous deferred gift annuity
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  • Another "Feather" for DU's Cap
    Ducks Unlimited volunteer and veterinarian Dr. John Cole joined the Feather Society as a Diamond Feather Sponsor for his generous planned estate gift.
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  • Flip This House...For the Ducks
    Have you ever "flipped" a house for a charity? Clyde Jacobs of Davis, California did. And he enjoyed the benefits of no capital gains on his asset, an immediate tax deduction and a steady stream of income prior to his death in 2008.
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  • Charitable Rollover Opportunity Prompts Donelans' Gift
    Since 2006 there have been a number of years where individuals with retirement assets in an Individual Retirement Account were able to use these funds to make a charitable impact.
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  • Giving Back to the Resource
    When asked why they care about conservation, Edgar Hollwedel recalls the many shared memories with his wife Mary Louise raising their six children. "Over the years we always enjoyed the spectacle of watching the ducks land on the lake outside our house.
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  • Passionate About the Prairies
    Charlotte Adelman and Bernard L. Schwartz of Wilmette, Illinois, committed $200,000 to Ducks Unlimited to the Mola Prairie and Wetland Preserve in Illinois. This project is a joint effort between DU and the U.S. Forest Service restoring 60 acres of high quality prairie and wetland habitat.
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  • Financially Savvy: Joseph Mazon
    Naming Ducks Unlimited the beneficiary on a life insurance policy can help you create a conservation legacy for nature that truly reflects your wishes and values.
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  • Steward of the Land: Scott Brown
    If you want to support conservation, but cannot make a gift today, you can still leave a legacy of protected lands and waters by including Ducks Unlimited in your estate plan. Making a charitable...
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  • Ducks Unlimited 75th Anniversary Endowment Challenge
    At Ducks Unlimited's 75th Anniversary Convention, three generous supporters stepped up and committed $75 million toward the Ducks Unlimited...
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  • Jesse and Helen Roush
    Ducks Unlimited supporters are the kind of people that want to make a difference in the world. They are dedicated to leave a legacy of healthy habitat and abundant wildlife for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.
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  • Evening of Conservation Nets Dollars for the Ducks
    At the 75th annual Ducks Unlimited national convention in May 2012, Brad White, State Chair for Massachusetts, sat down with several staff members to let them know he wanted to help build DU's endowment and raise one million dollars in Feather Society pledges.
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  • Flexible Deferred Gift Annuity
    Lewis is a 54-year-old executive at a large healthcare company. He purchased company stock during years when the stock price was low, and now the stock has grown substantially.
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  • Peace of Mind Gift Annuity
    Many years ago, Clara bought a home. Since she was so pleased with the home, she decided to buy stock in the company that built it.
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  • Sale and Unitrust
    Gene and Carol purchased stock in a small medical service company several years ago. Now, Gene and Carol are looking for a way to save taxes.
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  • The Retirement Unitrust
    Mary grew up on a farm. When her parents passed away, she inherited the farm. Now, several developers would like to build homes on the farmland.
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  • Part Gift and Part Sale
    Susan and Kevin bought their first home many years ago. They had planned to build a second home so that their children could spend their summers along the lake.
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  • Current Gifts
    As is the case with many families, there are times each year when Jim and Sharon focus their attention on gift giving.
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  • Deferred Gift Annuity
    Several years ago Larry and Allison invested $30,000 in what they believed to be an attractive stock. It turned out to be a very wise decision.
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  • Fixed Income for Retirement
    After working for decades as a pediatrician in a small rural town, Patricia was ready to retire.
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Byron Liles
Gift Planning Associate
901.758.3876
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