The Pristine Galapagos Society

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JOIN  THE PRISTINE GALAPAGOS SOCIETY AND BECOME PART OF THE HISTORY BOOKS OF THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

The Pristine Galapagos Society brings together individuals who are passionate about scientific research for conservation and sustainab­ility of the Galapagos Islands and would like to contribute to a thriving and healthy Archipelago for generations to come. They demonstrate their commitment by making a planned gift, which can have an impact now or after their lifetime.

As a member of The Pristine Galapagos Society you will receive:

  • The Pristine Galapagos Society membership card
  • The Pristine Galapagos Society pin
  • Annual invitation to an exclusive, members only dinner
  • Discounts in hotels that partner with the Charles Darwin Foundation in Galapagos
  • VIP visit of the Charles Darwin Research Station led by Executive Director. This visit takes you to the Natural History Collections otherwise closed to the public
  • Opportunity to plant an Opuntia cactus with your name at the Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Exclusive bi-annual newsletter
Inauguration of the Charles Darwin Research Station in 1964
Inauguration of the Charles Darwin Research Station in 1964.

To join The Pristine Galapagos Society:

  • Make a multiyear pledge to the Charles Darwin Foundation
  • Make a bequest to the Charles Darwin Foundation in your will, estate plan, living trust, or other plan through your financial advisor. Then notify us.

You can designate a particular asset or dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, the balance or residue of your estate or make a beneficiary designation of certain assets. You can do this while creating your will or trust, or you can amend an existing one with a simple document. The Charles Darwin Foundation can be either a primary or a contingent beneficiary.

If you are based in the United States of America and would like to receive tax deduction, you can leave a planned gift for the Charles Darwin Foundation through its partner organization and fiscal agent, the International Community Foundation (ICF), specifying that the gift is for the International Community Foundation - Charles Darwin Foundation Fund. Through ICF you can also:

  • Name CDF as a primary or contingent beneficiary of a life insurance policy.
  • Name CDF as beneficiary of all or part of a retirement plan.
  • Name CDF as a beneficiary of a charitable remainder trust or charitable lead trust.
Galapagos National Park official, Peppe Villa marking giant tortoise eggs in 1974
Galapagos National Park official, Peppe Villa marking giant tortoise eggs in 1974.
Galapagos National Park official, Peppe Villa marking giant tortoise eggs in 1974
In the past fruits have been fed to the giant tortoises. Nowadays, the park rangers feed them Otoy (Xanthosoma saggitifolium), Portotillo (Erythirina poeppiagiana) and Verdolaga (Potulaca oleraceae).

The Galapagos Islands’ endemic biodiversity levels famously rank among the highest on earth. Because of the relatively recent human settlement, and because the park restricted human access to all but three percent of Galapagos land area, the islands have experienced far less anthropogenic impact than most. These twin factors make the Islands a virtual living laboratory, enormously important for the research conducted and contributed to the national and international scientific and conservationist communities.

For 60 years, the Charles Darwin Foundation has been the premier research source dedicated solely to the conservation and sustainability of the Islands’ ecosystems. The Charles Darwin Foundation scientists and researchers are leaders in their fields and provide opportunities, access, and partnerships for scientists worldwide.

As a member of The Pristine Galapagos Society you will significantly contribute to our critical scientific research, which informs conservation action, hence helping to safeguard this unique planetary treasure.

 Marcos Hoyos (scholarship grantee), Cirilo Barrera (park ranger) and Alberto Jaramillo (CDRS assistant) transporting land iguanas for their repatriation
Marcos Hoyos (scholarship grantee), Cirilo Barrera (park ranger) and Alberto Jaramillo (CDRS assistant) transporting land iguanas for their repatriation.

Please contact Liza Nagode at fundraising@fcdarwin.org.ec if you would like to join The Pristine Galapagos Society – she will be happy to answer your questions.

The Charles Darwin Foundation is incredibly grateful for your commitment to the conservation of the Galapagos Islands and the sharing of our research globally!

The “Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands”, in French “Fondation Charles Darwin pour les îles Galapagos”, Association International sans but lucratif (“AISBL”), has its registered office located at Chaussée de la Hulpe 177 Bte 20 (rez) - 1170, Brussels, and is registered under the trade registry of Brussels under the number 0409.359.103.

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