We are thankful for those who have made gifts to The Mountaineers through estate gifts or annual donations. Here are some of their stories.
Lifelong Engagement Through Leadership
This spring we honored retiring Board President Lorna Corrigan, an accomplished attorney and 30-year member of the Everett Branch who recently completed her third and final year of presidential leadership. Lucky for us, Lorna has arranged for her contributions to far surpass her tenure in the presidential seat by including The Mountaineers in her estate plans. To celebrate her years of service and to learn more about why she chooses to give to The Mountaineers as a volunteer and a donor, I reached out and asked her to share more about what has moved her to give her time, talents, and treasure so generously.
When Passion and Purpose Align
As an observer, I believe Helen has truly answered her calling to celebrate and develop a culture of shared purpose in the outdoors. Choosing to plan for the future of Mountaineers Books with a gift in her will is just another example of how she can make a difference in a way that aligns with her passions.
Inspired by Decades of Outdoor Lessons, Dave Enfield Pays It Forward
Dave ventured to summits stretching from the North Cascades, the eastern slopes of the Cascades, the Mountain Loop Highway, and many more. The trips left lasting impressions with rewarding outcomes. It’s this acknowledgement of nature’s benefits that inspires him to give back to our community which is why Dave joined the Peak Society and has been making monthly donations to The Mountaineers since 2015.
Why Hornbein Gives: The Importance of Philanthropy in Nonprofit Publishing
One way to create this magic is with the mission-based model of nonprofit publishing, like we use at Mountaineers Books. This unique model opens the door for philanthropic support, with the incentive of a tax deduction for donors who want to align with our mission, and allows us to focus on our organization’s goals, rather than financial returns for investors. Using donor funds we can amplify influence by establishing platforms that deliver on larger programmatic impacts and giving greater attention and support to our authors.
Peak Society Support at a Higher Level
The Mountaineers is where Rich developed a passion for mountaineering and conservation that sparked his evolution from student to volunteer to donor. “I see The Mountaineers as an important part of the Pacific Northwest community and my life,” Rich explained when I asked him what inspired him to make his first gift. “I wanted to support the community around us and I had the capacity to help.”
A Bequest to Give Back
Jim is happy to hear about the success of The Mountaineers youth programs. He said, “I think it’s wonderful when an organization takes advantage of its capabilities and gets young people involved. I support The Mountaineers efforts to get young people in the out of doors.” Like Jim, when you make a gift through your estate to The Mountaineers, and let us know about your gift, you become a member of the Summit Society.
Remembering Jim Lea, Longtime Mountaineer and Therm-A-Rest Inventor
Giving back is what Mountaineers do best. Jim gave generously to The Mountaineers because of our mission, values, culture, volunteers, and efforts to get young people in the outdoors. He said, “This is my way of giving back. The Mountaineers is a good group of people. I’d like to see the club perpetuate.” When I shared a vision of The Mountaineers doing what we do 100 years from now, he responded, “Why not more than 100 years?”