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Legacy Giving

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What is the future you want to create? 

Do you envision a future where communities are empowered to create a just and sustainable world? Do you envision a future where all children have the opportunity to play freely outside? Where all people have access to beautiful natural spaces, and are deeply engaged with caring for these special places? If so, you know that environmental education is critical to making your dream of the future become reality.

EENC needs your support to continue to grow our advocacy, partnerships, programs and resources.  Together, let’s create a more just and sustainable world. 

Leave your lasting legacy by including EENC in your planned giving.  We are happy to discuss your options, learn more about your vision for the future, and help find the right fit for you and your family.


Since our inception, EENC has grown from a small, all-volunteer group in the Triangle to a robust statewide network of hundreds of educators, supported by multiple paid staff. When EENC was founded in 1991, environmental education in North Carolina looked very different than it does today.  Now, every high school student in North Carolina studies environmental science before they graduate. Our state’s EE Certification program, supported by dozens of partners like EENC, recognizes educators’ professional expertise and encourages continuous learning. Educators are also now prioritizing justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion - in addition to environmental knowledge - to make environmental education more accessible and welcoming to all.  

While these are amazing successes, there is still much to be done. More than ever, all children and adults need to know how ecological systems work and why they matter. The health of the environment is inseparable from humans’ well-being and economic prosperity. People require knowledge, tools, and sensitivity to successfully address and solve environmental problems in their daily lives.

Your legacy gift will provide EENC with the critical financial resources to ensure its future and ability to support environmental education for future generations.

Are you ready to plan your legacy?

There are endless variations for how you can implement a planned giving strategy that is tailored to your unique situation. Some common examples include:

  • Bequests, or gifts made as part of a will or trust

  • Naming the Environmental Educators of North Carolina as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement plan

  • Stocks, bonds, mutual funds or other publicly traded securities

  • Cash or check, in a donation that supports your overall estate planning

You can name EENC as a beneficiary of either a specific dollar amount or a fraction of the residual portion of your estate.  To leave a gift in your will, simply share this sentence with your attorney or financial planner: “I bequeath $___ or ___% of my estate to the Environmental Educators of North Carolina (Tax ID #56-1715308), 150 Highland Sq Dr #1034, Hendersonville, NC 28792.”  If you have decided to include EENC in your estate plans, please let us know!

Complete the below form to indicate your interest in EENC's Legacy Giving program. We look forward to being in touch with you soon!

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