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Learn how other DU members have made an impact through their acts of giving to our organization.

  • Dr. Gary and Janis Grover
    For Dr. Gary and Janis Grover, hunting has been a way of life. In Gary's family, the tradition goes back several generations with...
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  • Joan Galli and John Tautin Jr.
    In May 1974, John Tautin's dream job of working as a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in migratory bird...
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  • Dian 'Dee' Bailey
    Adjacent to the Tuckahoe River in southern New Jersey, Dian 'Dee' Bailey's 160-acre property is a mix of wetlands, woods and...
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  • Gail and Lyle Johnson: A Legacy that Continues
    The Johnson's formed the first Ducks Unlimited Chapter in Orleans County New York state in 1979. Years later, Lyle served...
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  • David Schawarzmeier, An Investment in Future Generations
    Feather Society member David Schwarzmeier thought long and hard about making Ducks Unlimited a part of his estate...
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  • A Lifetime of Giving
    Peter Jackson has been hunting for as long as he can remember and still has his original Ducks Unlimited membership card from...
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  • Make a Major Gift with Minimal Effort
    Longtime volunteers and major sponsors Jerry and Bobbi Harris are using charitable contributions from their IRA to support the ducks.
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  • Best Bang for the Buck for the Ducks
    John Calder of Loveland, Ohio, is a great supporter of the ducks. Since 1990 he has been a member...
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  • Passionate About the Prairies
    Two generous conservationists from Wilmette, Illinois, have committed $200,000 from their estate to Ducks Unlimited for the Charlotte Adelman and Bernard L. Schwartz Mola Prairie and Wetland Preserve.
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  • Flexible Deferred Gift Annuity
    Lewis is a 54-year-old executive at a large healthcare company. He purchased company stock during years when the stock price was low, and now the stock has grown substantially.
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  • Peace of Mind Gift Annuity
    Many years ago, Clara bought a home. Since she was so pleased with the home, she decided to buy stock in the company that built it.
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  • Sale and Unitrust
    Gene and Carol purchased stock in a small medical service company several years ago. Now, Gene and Carol are looking for a way to save taxes.
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  • The Retirement Unitrust
    Mary grew up on a farm. When her parents passed away, she inherited the farm. Now, several developers would like to build homes on the farmland.
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  • Part Gift and Part Sale
    Susan and Kevin bought their first home many years ago. They had planned to build a second home so that their children could spend their summers along the lake.
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  • Current Gifts
    As is the case with many families, there are times each year when Jim and Sharon focus their attention on gift giving.
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  • Deferred Gift Annuity
    Several years ago Larry and Allison invested $30,000 in what they believed to be an attractive stock. It turned out to be a very wise decision.
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  • Fixed Income for Retirement
    After working for decades as a pediatrician in a small rural town, Patricia was ready to retire.
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