Donor Spotlights

1% for the Planet

Since 2002, 1% for the Planet has inspired members of the business community to contribute 1% of sales to environmental groups around the world. In return, this growing alliance of companies is given the opportunity not only to see their self-worth rise, but their net worth climb as well. The Nature Trust of BC is listed as a designated non profit.

BC Plant Health Care

“We are a team of arborists, otherwise known as tree doctors and we love what we do. At BC Plant Health Care,  we focus on tree conservation and our team is built on solid values and monitored safety practices.  We believe that it’s our job as environmental stewards and consultants to preserve and enhance our natural surroundings for your future and ours. We’ve been sponsoring The Nature Trust for several years now and the reason we do this is because we share their conservation mission and philosophy. We appreciate their efforts to ensure that the vast, diverse land they’ve acquired along with its critical habitats will be protected for years to come.”

Personal Donation

“I like that The Nature Trust works in a collaborative manner with government, private land owners, and other non-profit organizations to leverage their impact. By donating to the Nature Trust I can, in a small way, add to these collaborative efforts and hopefully make a difference.” —Rachel Shephard

Gift of Residual Interest

Dr. David Murdoch had a dream that the land he loved beside Okanagan Lake would be preserved and one day become part of a park. On June 12, 2004 that dream was realized when a cairn created by The Nature Trust of BC commemorating his life and his gift was placed along the shoreline.

Born in Tunbridge Wells, England, in 1912, David Murdoch grew up in Okanagan Mission. He and his brother Peter bought the land in 1939 and built a small cabin in 1940. Although David lived in Vancouver and worked as a math professor at the University of British Columbia, he continued to visit the property every summer. His three daughters and their families also spent holidays at the cabin.

He donated 84.5 hectares (209 acres) of land to The Nature Trust from 1975 to 1993. A small property around his cabin carried an agreement that he and his family could continue to use it for his lifetime, or for another 10 years, whichever was longer. Now this land and his previous donations have become part of Okanagan Mountain Park.

“I can see my father’s wisdom at work in this arrangement,” said his daughter Ann Ishiguro. “He died knowing that the land would be kept in its natural state, as he had known and loved it.”

A residual interest gift is an arrangement where a donor gives real estate or personal property to a charity while retaining the right to use the property for life or for a term of years. When the property’s title passes to the charity (with the donor’s life or other interest registered on title), the donor receives an immediate donation receipt for the present value of the donated residual interest


“I feel a great sense of urgency that something must be done now in order that ecological systems in British Columbia have a chance to survive in the future. Already we have lost many species. Due to The Nature Trust’s role in PERMANENTLY protecting critical habitat, I became a supporter and have bequeathed my real estate so that the important work of this organization may continue.” —Dr. Joyce Davies

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