The Campaign for Diablo’s Wild Lands
Save Mount Diablo launched Phase I of Forever Wild in 2012 with a campaign target of $15 million.
By the end of 2012, our generous donors had contributed $6.6 million.
We are incredibly grateful to the supporters who have helped to launch this campaign.
With that sum, we were able to acquire the extraordinary 1,080-acre Curry Canyon Ranch. This spectacular property, with its commanding views and critical wildlife corridors, had topped Save Mount Diablo’s acquisition priority list since its founding in 1971. Now, thanks to Forever Wild supporters and generous grants from the Coastal Conservancy and the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, one of the most important and spectacular properties remaining in Contra Costa County has been protected forever.
“Acquisition is a phase, stewardship is forever. When you buy land, you must also provide money to care for it in perpetuity.”
$10.4 Million Raised – $5 Million to Go
No Future Moment Will Present a Better Opportunity.
Protect the One-of-a-Kind Gem That Defines Our Region.
Revolving Land Acquisition Fund
The time for the creation of Save Mount Diablo’s Revolving Land Acquisition Opportunity Fund is now.
Greenbelt Alliance published a five-year study, At Risk: The Bay Area Greenbelt 2017, which noted, “Contra Costa County has the most total land at risk; about one out of every five acres of land in the region is in Contra Costa. Contra Costa also has the most land at high risk, land that could be developed in the near term.” Further, it has been projected that about 2 million more people will move into the Bay Area by 2045.
Many conservation opportunities move rapidly, and without sufficient funds to secure a property via purchase or option agreement, we lose our chance forever—the land can be lost to development pressures, resulting in habitat loss, increased pollutants in our creeks and streams, and a diminished quality of life for all who call this area home.
The purpose of this fund will be to address the timing gap between a conservation opportunity and securing the money needed to accomplish it. Our goal is to raise at least $2.25 million for this fund by 2019.
Stewardship Endowment Fund
The purpose of the perpetual Stewardship Endowment Fund will be to financially support, in perpetuity, Save Mount Diablo’s stewardship obligations–including annual monitoring of our conserved lands, maintaining the properties owned by us, managing our perpetual conservation easements, etc.
Your support of the Stewardship Endowment Fund will support Save Mount Diablo’s ongoing care of the land it preserves and restores.
It will pay for plantings of native species and management of invasive species on the lands we own, and allow us to regularly monitor our conservation easements and fee simple lands. It will pay for fire abatement, stream restoration, volunteer management, and the many other activities that keep the land healthy and safe.
Our goal is to create a Stewardship Endowment Fund of at least $3 million to perpetually support our ongoing annual costs.
We can see that our supporters would like to help create a lasting green legacy for the Mount Diablo area with their estate plans–so planned gifts will be part of what helps us create this fund, which will enable us to do our stewardship work for the Mount Diablo area in perpetuity.
Legal Defense Fund
Finally, we will establish a Legal Defense Fund of at least $150,000. The purpose of the Legal Defense Fund will be to ensure Save Mount Diablo has the financial resources to legally defend, if necessary, its perpetual conservation easements and fee simple owned lands.
Whether Mount Diablo is your touchstone, playground, sanctuary, nature observatory or your favorite view, your help is needed to preserve it.
A Timely Investment in Mount Diablo’s Future
Individuals and institutional investors now have an opportunity to support Forever Wild Phase II.
This campaign, to be completed by 2019, will give Save Mount Diablo the ability to respond to strategic land acquisition opportunities as they arise while also ensuring the organization has adequate resources to steward and defend its conserved lands in perpetuity. To honor your generosity, Save Mount Diablo has established significant naming opportunities that will allow you to link your support directly to the critical funds that will transform the organization, as well as on-site donor recognition.
Stewardship Endowment Fund (e.g., Smith Family Stewardship Endowment Fund)
Land Acquisition Opportunity Fund (e.g., Smith Family Land Acquisition Opportunity Fund)
Legal Defense Fund (e.g., Smith Family Legal Defense Fund)
You can choose to have your name or that of a loved one recognized on a monument bench at Curry Canyon Ranch, in view of the summit of Mount Diablo.
You can choose to have your name or that of a loved one engraved on a brick that will be part of the ranch house courtyard on Curry Canyon Ranch.
How to Give
There are many ways you can contribute to Forever Wild.
Here are a few of the ways you can make a gift to Save Mount Diablo.
Gifts of Cash
When considering the size of your gift, remember you may make an outright gift or pledge that can be paid over several years.
Deferred gifts (i.e., planned giving) will be accepted for the campaign, as long as certain criteria are met.
Gifts of Appreciated Assets
Gifts of stock may be made.
Gifts of Land
Land may be donated.