Showing Our Gratitude for Strong Foundations on #GivingTuesday

Showing Our Gratitude for Strong Foundations on #GivingTuesday

By Sara O’Brien

As the days shorten (almost beyond belief for those of us here above the 45th parallel), we at Willamette Partnership are taking some time to think about what we’re thankful for. We hope you are, too… after all, like spending time in nature, gratitude is an easy and enjoyable way to support your health.

Willamette River Fall Leaves

Willamette River

This year we are feeling especially thankful for the people, places, and values that have made us the organization that we are today. Our founding board, the many partners with whom we have built innovative approaches to collaborative problem-solving, the staff that makes our work happen through sheer force of will and dedication to mission even the wonderful and troubled Willamette River itself… All of these have made it possible for us to make real and lasting contributions to what we care most about, building stronger communities through investment in nature. With the winds of change blowing in many directions these days, we are grateful to be feeling like a very well-rooted oak tree.

This #GivingTuesday, we’re asking you to help us feed and water that oak tree by making a contribution to our organization as part of your holiday and year-end giving. We’ve made it easy for you to support us while you also get a start on your holiday shopping, through AmazonSmile. Click the link below and 0.5% of your purchases through AmazonSmile will support Willamette Partnership. You can also easily make a direct donation on our website. Your gift will support Willamette Partnership’s efforts to build healthy communities, vibrant economies, and resilient ecosystems, both close to our home here on the banks of the Willamette River and throughout the West.

Thank you, and have a wonderful holiday season!

Sara O’Brien, Interim Executive Director

Sara O'Brien
Sara O’Brien is helping the Partnership to refine our business strategy and identify opportunities for future growth, and she also pitches in on ecosystem services program work as needed. She was most recently Director of Conservation Strategies at Defenders of Wildlife. Sara previously worked on projects related to climate change, wildland fire, and desertification at the University of Arizona’s Institute of the Environment and the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia. She holds a BA in anthropology and linguistics from Grinnell College and an MS in natural resource management from the University of Arizona. In her spare time, enjoys relaxing with projects such as managing a farm, building a straw house, and raising a toddler.