Western Field Ornithologists owes its success to the determination of its founders more than 50 years ago and to the many since who have served on the Board of Directors, shepherded WFO’s quarterly Western Birds and other publications, and organized WFO’s annual conferences. Equally important have been the numerous members and donors whose generosity has helped ensure WFO’s ongoing financial stability and support the programs at the core of WFO’s mission.
To help guarantee WFO’s future stability, WFO has established a legacy program. The Xema Society recognizes donors who designate WFO in their wills or trusts or who provide other kinds of planned giving donations. The program is named for the Sabine’s Gull (Xema sabini), the species chosen as WFO’s logo beginning with the first issue of the quarterly journal in 1970. Bequests made by Xema Society donors will provide a source of ongoing income for WFO’s future operations and activities.
Planned gifts to WFO can take several forms in addition to bequests through a will or trust. Detailed information on the Xema Society and the options for planned giving can be found on the WFO website. If you have questions about making a bequest to WFO, contact WFO Treasurer Shaun Wilde. If you already have named WFO in your estate plan, please let us know so we can thank you and welcome you as a member of the Xema Society.
—John Harris, President, and Robin Leong, Chair, Outreach Committee