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It's that time of year. No, I'm not thinking of the holidays, I'm referring to Annual Appeal Season: The time when all of your favorite nonprofits barrage you with pleas for support. Well, not surprisingly, we're here to do the same.  Many of you may have already received an email from us this morning, so I apologize for the redundancy. But if you didn't receive it, and are desperately searching for some worthy nonprofit to give money to, here's what we have to say:

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Institutes for Journalism & Natural Resources

Dear Friend,

Fellows and the flying carp.Perhaps better than anyone, journalists know that the only constant is change. Laws are updated, records broken, discoveries made. Budgets are cut, newsrooms shrink, articles migrate to new media platforms. Change is both news and also a fact of working in this profession.

Here at Institutes for Journalism & Natural Resources, "change" is a word that's been on everybody's mind. It's no secret that IJNR is in a period of transition - after nearly 18 years of dedication and leadership, Frank and Maggie Allen are stepping down from their positions of Executive Director and Logistics Director. They have more than earned their retirement, and I'm sure everyone will join us in thanking them for their tireless service, wise insights, and well-timed jokes.

It's hard to imagine IJNR without Frank and Maggie. And yet, they have given IJNR the greatest gift: A legacy on which to build. As we look to the future, we believe that the mission they first envisioned nearly two decades ago - to create a better-informed public through high-quality environment journalism - will only become more relevant. The world will always need good environmental journalism, and IJNR can continue to bring journalists the best training programs in the business.

But we can't do it without your help. We're writing to you to ask that you please consider making a tax-deductible donation to IJNR in honor of Frank and Maggie to thank them for everything they've done.

As staff structure shifts and new members of the IJNR family come on board, we're taking the opportunity to consider what other changes might be beneficial to IJNR. We will always conduct Institutes, but we wonder: What else do environmental journalists need? And how can we help? In light of this, we've vowed to expand our online offerings in the coming year, add journalism workshops to complement our Institutes, and become a go-to resource for all environmental journalists, not just those lucky enough to attend an Institute. In the past 17 years, we have reached 800 journalists; in the next 17, we want to reach 8,000.

Fellows and a farm.Will you support us as we take the first steps towards helping more journalists than ever before?

Our alumni (not usually prone to hyperbole) consistently use phrases like "life-changing," "eye-opening," and "first-rate" when describing IJNR Institutes. We have Frank and Maggie to thank for building an organization worthy of such high words of praise. As we look into the future, we are committed to upholding their high standards and continuing the work this organization has done for so long. We have the savvy, the dedication, and the passion necessary to make sure IJNR thrives and grows. Now all we need is the financial support from donors like you.

Within the next couple of weeks, IJNR will be hiring a new CEO to lead the organization. Current staff members have already stepped up to take the reigns on program planning, fundraising, and outreach. Work is underway on new online tools and resources. The future is here, and it is bright and promising. Won't you join us in this exciting new chapter?

IJNR would not be what it is today were it not for generous contributions from alumni, speakers, friends, board members, and staff. We thank you for your ongoing support, as do the hundreds of journalists who have benefited from it over the years. We literally couldn't have done it without you.

All Best,

Melissa Mylchreest Director of Communications

Adam Hinterthuer Program Director

We are sending our annual fundraising request to you electronically. You will not receive a hard copy via snail mail. We hope you appreciate the convenience of being able to "click and give" and the fact that your gift is not going toward printing and postage costs.

Fellows enjoying another great day with IJNR!

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