As we approach 2013 and ICF's 40th anniversary, we celebrate the many positive impacts we've made for cranes and their ecosystems. You are an important part of this legacy - through your support, you've helped make a difference for thousands of people in dozens of nations, improving lives, protecting natural resources, and creating hope for the future of these iconic birds.
At this milestone, and because of the knowledge, experiences, and relationships developed along the way, we also celebrate our potential - our best plans and actions to redress challenges and seize opportunities - and the talented individuals who will lead our mission into the decades ahead.
In the spirit of our past successes and promising future, it is a privilege to write to you to introduce the annual campaign leading into ICF's anniversary - Forty Years of Conservation Leadership - and to respectfully invite your special gift.
Throughout our history, ICF has worked to nurture conservation leaders. As a result, many of these individuals - whose skills and perspectives grew from experiences with ICF - are now leading important conservation initiatives, and in turn, inspiring and mentoring new generations to protect wildlife, wetlands, and natural resources.
These professionals, forming the expanding network of the global crane conservation movement, give us strength today and hope for the next 40 years. Of our many accomplishments and ongoing actions, these investments in leadership development are perhaps our greatest contributions to conservation.
These members of the ICF family, and many more, lead today's highest priority crane conservation programs, and work to engage and prepare the next generation of leaders who will tackle new and growing challenges facing wildlife and human populations.
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To support the continued efforts of Jimmy, Triet and Barry and many others as they advance programs vital to our mission while developing tomorrow's conservation leaders, I invite you to make a special gift to our Forty Years of Conservation Leadership campaign. As in years past, ICF's Board of Directors will match the giving of our members, helping us reach our goal of $800,000.
Thank you for making our work and crane conservation possible, and allowing these birds and healthy natural places to persist today and for generations to come.