Since our inception in 1988, the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust has relied on men and women who share our commitment to preserving the San Joaquin River, to protecting land, and to creating a 22-mile Parkway from Friant Dam to Highway 99. Among these people, one group makes the most lasting gift. They remember the Trust in their wills or estate plans. To make a gift of any kind to the Trust is an act of generosity. To make a long-term gift, derived from the work of a lifetime, is to make a commitment beyond measure. At the River Parkway Trust, they form a very special group of donors known as the Banner Peak Society.
Banner Peak, elevation 12,945 feet, is the second tallest peak in the Ritter Range of the Sierra Nevada and lies within the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Banner Peak was named by Willard D. Johnson, USGS topographer, in 1883, on account of cloud-banners streaming from the summit. At the foot of Banner Peak lies Thousand Island Lake where the middle fork of the San Joaquin River begins.
We must begin thinking like a river if we are to leave a legacy of beauty and life for future generations.
The Banner Peak Society began in response to a generous bequest left by Thomas R. Richardson, MD, who, with his wife Louise, hiked the Sierras and cycled California and beyond. Tom was a passionate environmentalist, a writer and a skilled photographer. He delighted in capturing the natural world that he loved. His photographs remain to inspire others to protect the rivers, mountains, and wildlife habitats that were a constant inspiration to him. Tom’s photograph of Banner Peak, taken from the Eastern side of the Sierra on one of his many excursions, was adopted as the official image of the Banner Peak Society.
Membership in the Banner Peak Society is open to all those who wish to join the tradition of making a lasting gift to the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust through their estates. It is the Trust’s way of recognizing a most significant commitment.
For many people, a bequest offers the opportunity to make a more substantial gift than would be possible during one’s lifetime. For those with retirement accounts, real estate, or other assets that have appreciated over time, it may not be possible or advisable to use these assets to make an outright contribution. These assets can be designated instead to a planned gift to maximize tax and other financial benefits.
There are many ways to include the River Parkway Trust in your estate plans; among these are: Bequests, Insurance and Retirement Plans, and Life Income Gifts.
We can provide information for your attorney or financial advisor regarding estate gifts to the River Parkway Trust. Because of the complexity of estate planning, it is important that your attorney structure your estate. Our planned giving professionals are always available for consultation with your advisor.