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Retired NRDC Senior Attorney Creates Legacy Gift
For over 40 years, Johanna Wald supported Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) as senior staff attorney. Now, she is supporting NRDC through a gift in her estate plan.
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Love of the Planet Drives Couple’s Volunteer Work and Giving
Longtime supporters Jamie Godshalk and Marj Lundy appreciate NRDC’s work litigating, advocating, and holding policymakers accountable. A gift in their will ensures this work continues for the benefit of future generations.
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William and Linda Richter

Committed to Giving, Inspired by Nature
William “Bill” and Linda Richter have always been inspired by the natural world. Their travels, including professional work in South and Southeast Asia and visits to such places as the Galápagos Islands and Costa Rica, often have a nature component.
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Larry Escott

Inspired by Nature to Give Back
Larry Escott’s love of nature began early, influenced by his time in the Boy Scouts. Along with his troop, Larry camped, hiked and learned all about environmental preservation.
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Patricia Hackbarth

Effective Work Inspires Impactful Gift to NRDC
Patricia Hackbarth was born and raised in central New York, and if you ask her, she’ll readily admit that her initial family trips were not peaceful, nature-oriented vacations.
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