A Nurse's Legacy Extends Her Care to Mother Nature

Dawn Critchley

“I know it’s money well spent, and it feels great to be contributing to WWF’s legacy in perpetuity.”
—Dawn Critchley

Florida resident Dawn Critchley adores the small lake in her backyard. The lake is a constant reminder of nature’s beauty and fragility.

“That’s what World Wildlife Fund preserves,” she says. “It keeps beauty and awe in our world by keeping our ecosystems intact.”

When Dawn first started giving to WWF three decades ago, she wanted to protect African wildlife. But over the years, Dawn realized that WWF did so much more, often through community partnerships.

“It’s not just wildlife—it’s oceans, land, air, all of our resources,” she says. “Their reach is profound.”

To help WWF stay strong in the years to come, Dawn recently named the organization as a beneficiary of her retirement accounts.

“It was honestly a relief to figure out what to do with my pension plan,” says Dawn, a longtime VA nurse. “I know it’s money well spent, and it feels great to be contributing to WWF’s legacy in perpetuity.”

Dawn is planning to retire in 2021 and travel when the pandemic is over. She hopes to sign up for a WWF trip, ideally to Africa to see elephants and lions in their natural habitats.

“Mother Nature asks for nothing and gives us so much,” she says. “We must protect her, and there’s no organization as comprehensive or global as WWF doing just that.

Learn how you can protect Mother Nature for years to come. Contact Office of Gift Planning at 888-993-9455 or legacygifts@wwfus.org.