Summer 2012

Member Profile: Committed to UCS for Life | Catalyst Summer 2012


Committed to UCS for Life

After a career in information technology, UCS member Holly Sletteland decided to take an early retirement so she could focus on her real passion: the environment. A lover of the outdoors, Holly works part-time as the preserve manager at the Morro Coast Audubon Society in California, where she oversees restoration projects that help protect and enhance the Morro Bay National Estuary.

Holly not only dedicates her time but also some of her retirement savings to help support environmental causes, which she says “often get the smallest piece of the pie.” A UCS member since 1986, she decided to leverage her retirement funds by establishing a charitable gift annuity (CGA) with UCS, which contributes to our work and provides Holly with a fixed amount of income each year for the rest of her life. For Holly, a CGA is a “win-win” that enables her to support an organization she cares about while ensuring her own financial security. She is even considering a second CGA with UCS, and encourages others to establish one as well.

The Need Is Clear

A lifelong gardener, Holly has observed in her own backyard that spring is coming earlier and earlier each year, followed by increasingly hot summers. She is concerned about what the future holds for California’s landscape and wildlife—and humanity as a whole. “It’s maddening that there are people out there who still don’t believe in climate change,” she says. “It is the issue that overshadows everything else.” Through her charitable gift annuity, Holly has made a long-term commitment to help ensure that UCS has the critical resources we need both today and in the future to advance strong science-based climate solutions that will protect our health and environment.