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Peter Clapper
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Peter Clapper spent much of his youth in Maryland's woods near the town of Chevy Chase in what is now metropolitan Washington, DC. “Spending time in those forests instilled me with an early appreciation for nature and probably influenced the environmentally friendly way I have tried to live my life."

Pete served with the Marine Corps during World War II and upon discharge, enrolled at Princeton. His first job after college was with the Washington Post. Upon returning from active duty in the Korean War (where he earned a Purple Heart), he continued his journalism career, working as a news writer, broadcaster and White House correspondent. He also spent time flying and earned his commercial pilot license. Pete rejoined the Marines, working in radio and television during the early stages of the Vietnam War.

After his discharge, he worked for several government agencies including the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Aviation Administration. "Since low-energy fluorescent light bulbs became available I have been using them exclusively;' says Pete. "When I worked for the EPA, I actually put bricks in my toilet tank to conserve water, and during the gas shortage of 1973 I sold my beloved airplane. We all have an individual duty to do our part in protecting our planet."

When Pete reviewed his estate planning, he generously and immediately thought of the Sierra Club. "I knew the money would be well spent, and I wanted the biggest bang for my buck. Sierra Club was it." In 2007 he created a very generous charitable gift annuity with the Sierra Club Foundation. "The gift annuity appealed to me because it pays me supplemental income, I received a charitable deduction, and I know the investment will foster worthy environmental efforts after I'm gone."

Gift Planning

With the help of our generous donors, the Sierra Club Foundation provides the Sierra Club and other grassroots organizations with the tools and the resources they need to create dramatic, lasting change on the most pressing environmental issues of our time. We are grateful to all of our supporters for their trust, dedication, and steadfast support of our mission. 

There are a number of ways you can make a financial commitment from your will, living trust, or other estate plans to protect the environment. We welcome the opportunity to show you the potential benefits of making a gift to support our work. Personal discussions, visits, or written presentations incur no obligation on your part, and of course, all information discussed is confidential.

Please note that the Sierra Club Foundation does not offer legal, tax, or financial planning advice. You are encouraged to consult your own legal counsel, tax advisor, and/or financial planner.

We appreciate your interest in learning how you might be able to include the environment as a beneficiary of your long-range plans. If one of these strategies seems right for you, we invite you to contact us to learn more. Please call the Gift Planning Department at (800) 932-4270 or e-mail

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