The most important member of our team is you. None of our work would be possible without our members.
When Sharon Doll of Lincoln, Nebraska first heard in the news about the threats to Indigenous People she thought, “It was tragic to lose these cultures since we have a lot to learn from their knowledge.” After searching for non-profits working with Indigenous communities, Sharon came across Cultural Survival and liked what she saw. Twenty years later Sharon is still supporting Cultural Survival!
Recently, Sharon decided to take her support to the next step and included Cultural Survival in her estate plans. She says, “It is important to give back to your community.”
We are so grateful to Sharon and others like her who have decided to support Cultural Survival with a gift from their estate. With their help, Cultural Survival will continue our mission to partner with Indigenous Peoples defending their lands, languages, and cultures.
For information on how you can support the future work of Cultural Survival, contact Miranda Vitello by phone 617-441-5400 x18 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit www.cs.org/plannedgiving.
"If there were only one organization to which I could give my time and resources, my choice would be Cultural Survival. Its mission of working with Indigenous Peoples to fight for their rights and to make their own choices is absolutely crucial right now.
I first learned about Cultural Survival over 35 years ago when I took my high school social studies classes into the Peabody Museum of Anthropology at Harvard in Cambridge, MA and found Pia Maybury-Lewis, one of the founders of Cultural Survival, eager to talk with us about the challenges Indigenous Peoples faced. I was hooked and joined the effort.
In the years since, Cultural Survival has enriched my teaching in unbelievable ways. My students have discussed different takes on women’s rights with Massai women, the best ways to honor the environment with Navajo and Penobscot teens, and debated how “fierce” the Yanomami people of the Amazon really were. And Cultural Survival brought this all to my students’ front door through publications like the Cultural Survival Quarterly, which activates and mobilizes students and others worldwide in support of the rights of Indigenous Peoples.
I am constantly inspired by the many ways that different cultures tackle life’s challenges. I find ideas for better decision making, paths for healing, and works of beauty I could never have imagined are available to me and others through the work of Cultural Survival."
Anne St. Goar has been a Cultural Survival member since 1989, when cofounder David Maybury-Lewis gave a talk at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where she was a primary care physician. Now 88, Anne is retired; she is an active member of the Unitarian Universalist church, an avid amateur horticulturist, and enjoys traveling and spending time with her children and eight grandchildren.
Why she became a donor to Cultural Survival:
“It’s important to keep cultures alive. Maintaining the culture is central to Indigenous Peoples’ lives.”
What she sees as a current challenge: “Climate change is affecting Indigenous Peoples disproportionately.”
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