Why We Give

We are thankful for those who have made an estate gift to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Here are their stories.

Kay Tornborg

Kay Tornborg, Los Angeles, California

"The National Trust is an 'heir' I can count on to keep this property whole and lived-in by someone who will love it as much as I do."

Carl Klaus

Professor Emeritus Carl Klaus, Iowa City, Iowa

"You have to care so much about the historic design and beauty of your home that you're willing to give it away in order to assure its preservation, which is why you should consider giving your home to the National Trust. There is no organization better than the Trust to protect your home and its history."

Ned Brokloff

Ned Brokloff, Lemont, Pennsylvania

"Visiting other sites and seeing the cracking walls made me realize how much it costs to keep these things preserved. I don't want to see these things disappear. I'd like to see whatever I do help to leverage others to join to raise money to accomplish these things. If I can help facilitate greater achievement, that's good."

Myrna Fawcett

Myrna Fawcett, Washington, DC

"When I look at the wholesale destruction of entire areas, I realize that preservation is very necessary."

Adele Dow

Adele Dow, San Leandro, California

"My legacy to the National Trust will help preserve historic places for future generations to enjoy."

Lynne and Jim Bramlett

Lynne and Jim Bramlett, Menlo Park, California

"We love knowing that we contribute to the preservation of America's historical landmarks for future generations by committing a portion of our estate to the National Trust now."

Tom and Sue Carroll

Tom and Sue Carroll, Cape May, New Jersey

"We enjoy being students of history, and sharing this love is our passion and livelihood. Our charitable trust will support the National Trust's preservation mission after we are gone."

Merry Sanders

Merry Sanders, Sarasota, Florida

"Historic Places are in our nation's DNA. We need to preserve them for generations to come."