CONTRA COSTA COUNTYâ€”Save Mount Diabloâ€™s Discover Diablo is a free public hike program that offers an annual schedule of guided interpretive family walks, hikes, and property tours open to any and all trail blazers looking to get out in nature. Generously sponsored by the Shell Martinez Refinery for a third year, the 2019 Discover Diablo Free Public Hike Series will begin on January 20. Hosted by Save Mount Diablo, the Discover Diablo program, now in its third year, continues to build awareness of local land conservation efforts and nurture relationships between our community and the amazing natural world of the Mount Diablo area. Through this initiative, Save Mount Diablo intends to reach new audiences; build our membership base of adventurers, [...]
Before you withdraw your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) this year from your IRA, be aware that if you are age 70Â˝ or older, you can make direct charitable gifts from a qualified individual retirement account, including required minimum distributions, of up to $100,000 to Save Mount Diablo. When an IRA distribution is transferred directly to a charity, that income is not reported as taxable income on oneâ€™s federal income tax return.Â Though such a gift is not eligible for a charitable deduction, not paying tax on otherwise taxable income is the equivalent of a charitable deduction. (See more details here.) Please consult your financial advisor before making charitable gift decisions involving IRA transfers. Scenario below! Two taxpayer couples, A and B [...]
Save Mount Diablo staff sing their new song â€śMount Diablo in My Heart.â€ť If the Mount Diablo area is in your heart, help us take care of it so it will take care of us. Please give to Save Mount Diabloâ€™s Year-End Appeal.
On Tuesday, December 4, Save Mount Diablo's 5th Annual Mary Bowerman Science and Research Colloquium was held at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA. (The Center's name honors the work of an extraordinary conservationist who was the first Executive Director of the Sierra Club and also did many other things on behalf of our environment.) The event was a huge success, full of captivating new information and discoveries presented by seven researchers with different disciplinary backgrounds on a variety of topics. Some of these topics included the invasive spread of New Zealand mud snails in the Bay Area, the use of camera traps to capture mountain lion behavior, the unwavering resistance and immunity of a predator beetle to cyanide, [...]
Thank you for making Giving Tuesday 2018 the most successful one for Save Mount Diablo yet! Giving Tuesday is a day when charities, families, businesses, and community members around the world come together to celebrate and encourage giving. Thanks to you, we raised over $14,000, surpassing our starting goal of $5,000 and almost tripling what we raised last year! Near the end of the day, a generous donor made a $5,000 gift pledge with a matching challenge, and it was quickly matched in just three hours. Every gift helped us to reach this goalâ€”thank you for making Save Mount Diablo strong!
It's easy to become frozen with fear by scary global reports, politcs, election results, man-made and natural disastersâ€“but it's important to remember that each of us has the power to make a big difference. Each single positive action, in fact, is what it takes to bring about positive change. We can achive a great dealÂ towards building this momentum for positive changeÂ with our collective energy.Â Contributing doesn't have to be overwhelming. We can start small and simply resolve to do our part at home in our local communities. Together, we can effect real change by engaging in action at the local level. So what can you doÂ today? One way that YOU can contribute and take action in your community today is by [...]