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A Challenge to Join: Announcing $25,000 in Matched Funds for Membership Drive

For one Aldo Leopold Foundation supporter, A Sand County Almanac is routinely his gift to family, friends, and students. In his experience, the book provides the “touch of inspiration” that can move a person from caring about the land to caring for the land. Witnessing this transformation and hoping to share it with others, Joe Arington is offering a $25,000 match designed to grow the Leopold community and advance the land ethic.

Joe’s Challenge: The Details

Starting immediately, all renewing, new, and gift memberships will be matched. In fact, donations of any type—up to $500—will be honored in Joe’s challenge. As added incentive, recipients of gift memberships will be mailed a copy of A Sand County Almanac.

Amplifying Your Impact

Each member makes an impact with their gift. Membership support funds preservation of the Leopold Shack, stewardship of the land, education for visitors and landowners, and training for conservation leaders. And, the people reached through these programs are able to understand, implement, and deepen their own personal land ethic.

With Joe’s challenge, a member’s impact is instantly doubled by his matching gift.

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Additionally, gift memberships offer an opportunity for members to further amplify their impact by introducing Aldo Leopold to a family member, friend, colleague, or neighbor – growing the community caring for the land.

70 Years a Classic

Over the past seven decades, A Sand County Almanac has been translated into 14 languages, selling over two million copies worldwide. It continues to encourage countless readers to look more closely at nature, to think more deeply about the relationship between people and land, and to care more intentionally for our ecological communities.

As 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of A Sand County Almanac’s publication, Joe Arington feels the time to share the book with more readers is now. Joe first read the book as part of an English literature class in the 1960s. Later in life, he realized it was that reading of Leopold that lent him the inspiration and confidence to act on his values and love for the land. “My goal has always been to leave the land better than I found it,” Joe reflected. “This match challenge is about encouraging others to act on their values so that we might collectively grow our community and become the best land stewards we can.”

Share in Joe’s spirit of “spreading the land ethic” by introducing a friend, family member, colleague, or neighbor to Aldo Leopold!


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