Eastern Sierra Land Trust is thrilled to announce that we have recently received the largest gift in our organization’s history – one that will have a major effect on our capacity, and as a result, the future of protected lands in the Eastern Sierra.
The Tambour Foundation, a small, private charitable foundation focused on educational, environmental and other advancement opportunities around the world, has granted Eastern Sierra Land Trust $1 million to seed a new Endowment Fund. By bolstering ESLT’s long-term financial security, this new Tambour Endowment will have a transformative effect by ensuring that ESLT can continue our work protecting the Eastern Sierra’s wildlife, habitats, landscapes, and rural heritage forever.
The gift was motivated by longtime ESLT members and advisors Roger and Ruth MacFarlane, who have been ardent supporters of ESLT’s conservation efforts for many years. The MacFarlanes approached the Tambour Foundation on ESLT’s behalf. “ESLT has done extraordinary work in protecting and preserving treasured agricultural land in the Eastern Sierra,” Ruth MacFarlane shared. “We are delighted to help ensure their long-term growth and stability, and we wish them continuing success.”
The voluntary legal agreements that ESLT designs with landowners are binding in perpetuity. Of course, planning for perpetuity poses significant challenges – particularly for small, grassroots non-profits such as ours that operate on a tight budget. The Tambour Endowment Fund helps ensure that ESLT will always be around to maintain the critical resources of the working and wild lands we’ve helped to protect.
ESLT’s Executive Director, Kay Ogden, calls the gift, “a sea change.” From her perspective, “the Tambour Endowment will have a massive, long-term impact on our organization – and this entire region – by allowing us to plan for the challenges and opportunities that the future will hold.”
As the new destination for bequests and long-term gifts made by supporters, our organization plans to grow this endowment fund over time, utilizing the annual interest stream to support operational needs. This will permit ESLT to introduce cutting-edge program enhancements, purchase specialized equipment, and upgrade technology to help better engage Eastern Sierra residents and visitors in our mission.
Eastern Sierra Land Trust will always rely heavily on the support of the community to continue the work we began 15 years ago. “Without our members, past successes would never have come to fruition – and future successes will never be possible,” explains Kay. Member donations continue to be our lifeblood, enabling us to pursue new land conservation opportunities, continue restoration and stewardship projects, and advance our work to educate local schoolchildren about birds, bees, and the natural world. Members help make it possible to provide everyone with the opportunity to connect with our magical Eastern Sierra lands, and experience the joy of protecting them forever.
“I cannot express enough how incredibly grateful we are for the support provided by the Tambour Foundation and Ruth and Roger MacFarlane,” Kay continued. “We’re celebrating our 15th anniversary this year – and now, thanks to their generosity, we can plan on many more such celebrations. We are excited to take on new challenges, and can’t wait to see what the future will bring.”
The Tambour Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals, and applications are permitted by invitation only.