Dear ISE Members and Friends,
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more over the recent weeks about how and why the ISE came into existence. We have focused on the ISE Congresses and related activities, because these speak to the heart of why the ISE was founded: to create an ethical space for all people who are committed to sustaining biocultural diversity to work together. Your contributions— both financial and in-kind— are what make this Society so vibrant and alive. This year, more than ever before, is a turning point for the ISE: with 2014 begins the last nine months of our major grant from The Christensen Fund, which supports all of our core operations and program activities.
Although we have been working to diversify our fundraising strategy, we are also beginning to consider other possibilities for how to manage the Society in the absence of major funding, which may include scaling back on some member benefits and program activities. As you take time at the end of this year to reflect on 2013, we ask each of you to consider what the ISE means to you—what you gain from being part of this special community and how you might contribute to continuing the work of the Society.
Your gift is extremely important to the ISE, not only in ensuring that we can continue to offer our diverse programs and member benefits, but also in reaffirming that the ISE continues to be relevant in today’s world— in your world.
Your donation of $25, $50, $100 or $250 can make all the difference. And if you’d like, you can direct your gift to a particular program: from the Darrell Posey Fellowship Program, to the Global Coalition, Ethics Program or ISE Congress Awards. Your donations, at year-end and throughout the year, make a world of difference. Thank you for your support.
For those of you who have already made donations, your ISE gifts are on their way and, for those of you in the US, your tax deductible receipts are included.
With warm regards and best wishes for 2014,
Natasha Duarte, ISE Managing Director
As a 501(c)3 scientific and educational Society we rely on your support to continue our activities and core programs. The ISE’s major source of funding is coming to an end in 2014. This year-end campaign is your chance to ensure that the ISE can continue to offer all of its programs in the coming years.