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Bob and Rosie Heil
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San Francisco Bay Area Sierra Club members and wilderness enthusiasts Bob and Rosie Heil have long embodied the Club's motto to "explore, enjoy and protect the planet." "We're outdoors people. We joined in 1990 due to Sierra Club's reputation for protecting wilderness. Later, we became involved with The Sierra Club Foundation as a result of personal interaction with members of the Foundation's board," says Bob, who sat on the Foundation's board for six years.

Today, Bob and Rosie focus their support on Sierra Club's Resilient Habitats campaign; protecting natural systems and human communities from the damaging effects of climate change. "This harkens back to Sierra Club's heart and soul—protecting wilderness and public lands," observes Bob. "The campaign is complex and intellectually stimulating, as well as exceptionally important to the preservation of wilderness regions in an era of changing climate." Last year, the Heils provided the Sierra Club with a matching gift to promote online contributions in support of the Resilient Habitats campaign.

The Heils' dedication to the environment also includes a bequest for The Sierra Club Foundation. "Planning this gift from our living trust was very straightforward. We’ve made provisions for family and relatives and have instructed our trustee to give the remaining funds to the causes and organizations most important to us. The Sierra Club is at the top of our list. Our hope is that our own enduring legacy will be in the form of good work made possible from our living trust."

About The Sierra Club Foundation

Founded in 1960, The Sierra Club Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity governed by an independent board of directors.

Our board and staff raise charitable funds, preserve and enhance these assets, and ensure they are used appropriately.  As the fiscal sponsor of the charitable programs of the Sierra Club, we provide resources to it and other nonprofit organizations to support scientific, educational, literary, organizing, advocacy, and legal programs that further our charitable goals.

We work with individual and institutional donors to align financial resources with strategically focused campaigns, help build capacity in the environmental movement, and create partnerships with a broad spectrum of allied organizations that further our shared environmental goals.

We do this so that future generations will inherit a healthy planet with wild places left to explore.

The Sierra Club Foundation stewards charitable contributions and assets responsibly. We are proud to have earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator and an A from CharityWatch. Our high ratings from nonprofit watchdog organizations demonstrate our commitment to sound fiscal management, good governance, and commitment to accountability and transparency.