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BATS Magazine

VOLUME 16, NO. 4 Winter 1998


The BCI Legacy Circle: A Commitment to the Future

Bat Conservation International's Legacy Circle honors those people who make special, planned gifts to BCI--gifts that establish lasting solutions to long-term bat conservation problems. Legacy Circle members believe that planned gifts are a resourceful way to:
    - map out BCI's future along with their own;
    - support farsighted responses to conservation issues; and
    - make a statement about their most personal ideals.

There are a wide variety of planned gift options, and most are easier than you may think. A deferred gift, such as a simple bequest in a will, can have an enormous impact on conservation without tying up current resources. Other popular options, such as gift annuities and trusts, return a steady stream of income to donors during their lifetimes. When you add life insurance programs and contributions of securities or appreciated property (and the fact that they offer donors a range of tax-saving benefits), you can see that there are planned gifts that fit the financial strategy of almost any donor.

Some Legacy Circle members give to BCI's endowment, which is carefully managed to ensure long-term support. Others provide funds that afford immediate financial assistance in the year the gift is made. Either of these gifts can be designated for a purpose that has special meaning to you, such as student research scholarships, direct habitat protection efforts, or the creation of new educational products and programs.

BCI's development staff would be pleased to confer with you or your financial advisor about giving options that would be of greatest benefit to you and to bat conservation. As a first step, you may request an information packet that describes the benefits of a planned gift to BCI. To obtain a packet, or for additional details, please contact:

Arnold Phifer, Director of Development
Bat Conservation International • P.O. Box 162603
Austin, Texas 78716 • (512) 327-9721, ext. 26
or e-mail: plannedgifts@batcon.org

Legacy Circle members receive our annual report, quarterly program updates from BCI's Executive Director, special invitations to join bat-viewing trips, and valuable financial planning news.

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All articles in this issue:
On the Cover
106 Species and Counting: Bat Conservation Comes to Bolivia
The California Leaf-nosed Bat, Sophisticated Desert Survivor
Around the Clock in Rodrigues
A Personal Portrait of the Rodrigues Fruit Bat
What if You Went to School with Bats?
Members in Action: Bob Wisecarver
Meet Membership Manager Amy McCartney
Chiroptorium Update
Look for "Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats" at these locations:
Your Comments Welcome!
Mark Your Calendar for 1999 Members' Nights At Bracken Cave
Annual Report Available
Wish List
The BCI Legacy Circle: A Commitment to the Future

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