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Annual Fund

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It has been a monumental year at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center as we celebrated our 50th anniversary, opened the new Water Matters Pavilion to rave reviews, published two books, and earned accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for another five years! These milestones are due to the vision, energy, and generosity of people like you.

I often reflect on the founders and others who worked so hard to achieve their vision. I think they would be proud to see how things turned out. I know I am when visitors tell me stories about favorite school field trips or annual family visits to the trail or how they remember coming here as children and are now bringing their own children. It’s heartwarming to hear people say they got started in their careers as veterinarians, forest ecologists, science teachers, authors … thanks to a passion for science first ignited here.

Trail attendance this summer broke all-time records. More people than ever became new members or renewed their memberships. Participation in summer programs for children, Squam Lake Cruises, Blue Heron School, and school programs was strong too. We helped all these people make connections to the natural world so often missing in busy lives.

As the board and staff celebrated the past, we also planned for the future with a new five-year strategic plan. Its goals are exciting and challenging. We need your help to make it all happen.

Help us go forward for the next fifty years of bringing people nearer to nature. Please support the Annual Fund at whatever amount you can give.  Use the form below to give today.

With sincere thanks and appreciation,

Iain MacLeod
Executive Director

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You can also make a recurring gift to the Annual Fund. This is a way for you to make a larger gift, spread throughout the year through monthly or quarterly donations. It is convenient for you and provides dependable support for Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. Your donation will be billed to your credit card and automatically renew each year. Once a year, we will send you a record of your giving history for tax purposes and give you an opportunity to update your pledge amount and account information. Of course, you can change or cancel your payments at any time although there is a minimum donation of $10 per donation and a 30-day notice to cancel your authorization. Recurring credit card deductions are a simple way to make a stretch gift to the Annual Fund that feels easy. Fill out this form once and we will do the rest. You can choose monthly or quarterly tax-deductible contributions to support general operations.

The IRS and the State of New Hampshire recognize Squam Lakes Natural Science Center as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Our federal tax identification number is 02-0271824. Unrestricted contributions are tax deductible to the extent the law allows. Donors to the Annual Fund will be listed in the Annual Report unless requested otherwise.

Gifts will be listed in the following categories:
Benefactor $10,000 and above
Leader $5,000 - 9,999
Partner $2,500 - 4,999
Patron $1,000 - 2,499
Associate $500 - 999
Sponsor $250 - 499
Supporter $100 - 249
Colleague Up to $99

For more information about Annual Fund Gifts please contact Janet Robertson, Development and Communications Director at 603-968-7194 x 12 or Janet.Robertson@nhnature.org.