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Mather Legacy Society


NPCA has established the Mather Legacy Society to recognize and honor those individuals who care deeply about preserving our national parks for future generations and have expressed their support by making a gift to NPCA in their estate plans.

In 1919, Stephen T. Mather and the other founders of the National Parks Conservation Association declared their determination to "defend the national parks and monuments fearlessly against assaults of private interests and aggressive commercialism." While these visionaries wisely anticipated numerous attacks on parks, other threats were simply unimaginable at the time. Today, our national parks face unprecedented challenges including the deterioration of park resources, lack of funding for maintenance and preservation, visitor crowding and inappropriate use of resources within the parks, air and water pollution outside the parks, and commercial overdevelopment on park boundaries.

NPCA has focused its mission to address these categories of threats to America's national parks. The future of our parks still depends to a large degree on the foresight and generosity of today's visionaries who are willing to consider new ways to make gifts.

Thank you for taking the time to read about the various ways you may make a special gift to help us preserve our national treasures. There is a gift option to meet each person's unique circumstances.

How to Join

The following types of commitments, confirmed in writing and subject to certain restrictions, qualify you for membership in Mather Legacy Society:

If you have already included NPCA in a bequest or other planned gift, we hope you will let us know by filling out the member profile form. Your willingness to be listed as a member of Mather Legacy Society encourages others to follow your example. We acknowledge and respect those who wish to remain anonymous, but we urge you to let us know of your plans on a confidential basis in any case. It supports NPCA’s planning for the future. Of course, if you have not yet included NPCA in your plans and you would like to explore the best options for you and your family, do not hesitate to contact us. We would be glad to assist you on a confidential basis and without any obligation.