A Legacy Helping Others
How you can protect me and my neighbors even after you’re gone.
Written & edited by Woodrow W. Turtle, V.E.R.
Every time I hear about Sidney Skolnick I smile. I first heard about Mr. Skolnick in 2004, when he gave his first gift of $35 to my friends at CFPA. I was very grateful for his help at the time. And then he did something amazing. Mr. Skolnick started a legacy donor fund to protect me, my home, and your place of respite.
When I heard about this, I had to learn more.
“Legacy gifts are a great way to reflect your conservation ethic,” said Jim Little, CFPA Development Director.
“These unique gifts are a wonderful legacy you leave to protect the future of people and organizations like CFPA that you love.”
A few years ago, Mr. Skolnick set up a fund to benefit CFPA and other non-profits at the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven. Every year, CFPA receives a gift from Mr. Skolnik to use for protecting forests, wildlife, and trails. This year, his fund helped build a bog bridge on the Cockaponset Trail (with additional trail projects funded by the Rockfall Foundation).
I asked my neighbor, Sal the Salamander, about this project. He said the new bog bridge is “lifechanging”.
“I feel much safer now. When I hear boots coming, I no longer fear a wayward step and know my favorite plants and I are protected.”
Sal the Blue-Spotted Salamander
I can’t think of a legacy better than protecting Connecticut’s forests, wildlife, and trails.