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Rogers Hoyt Jr.: Leading Conservation on Both Sides of the Border

Rogers Hoyt, Jr., has been a DU volunteer for approximately three decades, serving in a variety of roles throughout the organization. He is a member of DU's board of directors and was named president of Ducks Unlimited de Mexico at the 2013 DU National Convention. Rogers' story was featured in the 2013 DU Annual Report.

Unimin donates to enhance Minnesota shallow lakes

OTTAWA, Minn. – January 9, 2014 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) is the beneficiary of a $40,000 donation from Unimin Corporation to help protect, restore, and enhance habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife in Minnesota. The gift provides merchandise underwriting at select DU fundraising events and invests in shallow lake habitat through the Living Lakes Initiative.

Ducks Unlimited 2013 Annual Report: Our Donors

These individuals are recognized as Ducks Unlimited Major Sponsors for Fiscal Year 2013. An appended version of this list appeared in the 2013 DU Annual Report. Thank you to our Major Sponsors for your generosity!

Barbara & Ralph Fisher III: Building an Endowment for the Ducks

Barbara and Ralph Fisher III of Fairdealing, Missouri, are Diamond Sponsors in Perpetuity and Diamond Feather Society members. They are also proud supporters of Ducks Unlimited's Endowment Challenge, which aims to raise $75 million toward DU's long-term financial stability and conservation efforts in honor of the organization's 75th anniversary in 2012.

Diane & Doug Oberhelman: Philanthropic Leaders Help Shape Conservation as Part of WAT and DU Boards

Diane and Doug Oberhelman of Edwards, Illinois, serve on the boards of Ducks Unlimited and Wetlands America Trust, DU's land-holding arm. They support DU's conservation efforts across the board and are heavily involved in many ways within the organization. Their story appeared in the 2013 Ducks Unlimited Annual Report.

Doug Roberts: New National Development Committee Member Balances Stewardship and Industry

Benefactor Sponsor Doug Roberts of Spanish Fort, Alabama, recently joined DU's National Development Committee. He is a landowner well versed in establishing and maintaining conservation easements with the help of Ducks Unlimited. Stewardship of the land is foremost in Doug's mind, and his appointment to the committee will help foster stronger bonds between members of American industry - where Doug works in coal - and conservation groups like DU. Doug's story appeared in the 2013 DU Annual Report.

Grant Brees: Turning a Lifelong Love of the Land into an Everlasting Gift

Grant Brees of Benedicta, Maine, is a Feather Society planned gift member and was the first person in his state to set up a conservation easement with Ducks Unlimited on his property. He holds a Life Estate Reserve with DU, which allows Grant lifetime use of his farm and a charitable tax deduction. At Grant's passing, DU will receive his property. Grant's story appeared in the 2013 Ducks Unlimited Annual Report.

Johnny Belz: Beloved Member of the DU Family Leaves His Mark

Johnny Belz was a dedicated DU volunteer, staff member, and Major Sponsor for more than 40 years, sharing his passion for conservation and the outdoors with thousands before his passing in 2013. Johnny's story was featured in the 2013 DU Annual Report.

Betty & John O'Brien: Laying Down Roots in the North Atlantic

Betty and John O'Brien of Batavia, New York, support Ducks Unlimited's Completing the Cycle Initiative in the northeastern United States. John helped build up DU's presence in New York and he and Betty held several volunteer positions over the years. Their story appeared in the 2013 DU Annual Report.

Tom Dunkin II: Future of Northwest Waterfowling Inspires Giving

Tom Dunkin II of Redmond, Washington, is a Heritage Sponsor supporting DU's Wings and Wetlands Initiative. This initiative is dedicated to conserving important waterfowl habitats in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, as well as preserving the outdoor traditions of the Pacific Northwest. Tom's story appeared in the 2013 DU Annual Report.

Patty & Jim Donelan: DU Provides Home, Heritage, and Habitat for Major Sponsors

Patty and Jim Donelan of Fremont, Nebraska, are Legacy Sponsors of DU's Heartland Heritage and Habitat Initiative, dedicated to conserving the best habitat for waterfowl in the Southern Great Plains. The Donelans' story appeared in the 2013 Ducks Unlimited Annual Report.

Paula & Gary Pennington: A Big-picture Outlook in the Great Lakes

Paula and Gary Pennington of Clinton, Ohio, recently pledged to become Diamond Sponsors in Perpetuity of DU's Great Lakes Initiative. This initiative supports Great Lakes habitats in Ohio and in key breeding areas for waterfowl that spend part of their lives in the Great Lakes region. The Penningtons' story appeared in the 2013 DU Annual Report.

Al Montna: Plentiful Ducks for Rice and People

Al Montna of Yuba City, California, and his wife, Gail, are members of DU's President's Council and Benefactor Sponsors supporting DU's California Wetlands Initiative. This initiative aims to conserve the best waterfowl habitat in California, particularly in the critical wintering areas of the Central Valley and San Francisco Bay Area. Al's story appeared in the 2013 DU Annual Report.

The Moore-Odom Wildlife Foundation: A Partnership to Protect the Coast

The Moore-Odom Wildlife Foundation is a strong Ducks Unlimited partner on the Gulf Coast. Moore-Odom is working with DU through the Gulf Coast Initiative to conserve the best wintering habitats for ducks and geese on the Gulf. Their story appeared in the 2013 DU Annual Report.

Shelley & Craig Larson: A Lifelong, Science-driven Passion for the Prairies

Gold Benefactor Sponsors Shelley and Craig Larson of Bismarck, North Dakota, support DU's Preserve Our Prairies Initiative. This initiative is dedicated to conserving the wetlands and grasslands of the Prairie Pothole Region, North America's most critical breeding grounds for waterfowl. The Larsons' story appeared in the 2013 Ducks Unlimited Annual Report.

Allison & Doug Frey: Making Connections between the Boreal and the Heartland

Allison and Doug Frey of Midland, Texas, proudly support DU's Boreal Forest Initiative, dedicating to conserving the critical breeding habitats of North America's Boreal Forest for thousands of ducks and geese. Doug is originally from the Rainwater Basin area of Nebraska and clearly sees the connections among protected breeding grounds, healthy migration habitat and the birds he sees in Texas each year. The Freys' story appeared in the 2013 DU Annual Report.

Hazard K. Campbell Tribute

This past April people from across this continent gathered in Amherst, New York, to pay tribute to and honor the volunteer and philanthropic leadership of Hazard K. Campbell. Since becoming a member of Ducks Unlimited in 1956 and a sponsor in 1959, Hazard has been involved in almost every aspect of Ducks Unlimited.

Ways to Make a Leadership Gift

There are many ways to support Ducks Unlimited, each expressive of the donor's particular interests and each with distinct tax advantages. Outright gifts provide immediate, current support of DU. Deferred gifts can include bequest provisions, retirement account designations and life insurance. A variety of tangible assets may also be appropriate for charitable gift purposes.

Major Sponsors Giving Levels & Benefits

Donors who make new or upgrade Major Sponsor pledges are taking a leadership stand to ensure our continent's wetland and waterfowl habitat for future generations.

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