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This holiday season, have you considered giving a gift that truly gives back? Tribute giving—giving a gift in honor or tribute of a loved one, friend or colleague—is growing in popularity and offers both the giver and the receiver an added bonus: a better world. Below are just a few local organizations that offer tribute giving opportunities right here in BuckHaven.

Blue Heron Nature Preserve

Want to honor someone who loves the natural world? Blue Heron Nature Preserve offers tribute giving to support its 30-acre oasis. Blue Heron is a nonprofit organization located in the Buckhead area with a mission to create a personal experience with nature through conservation, education, research, and connectivity.

Blue Heron provides hands-on education opportunities for all ages with a focus on small groups and direct contact experiences with nature. The organization’s trails provide a source of recreation, alternative travel, exercise, and quiet spaces for solitude and relaxation in nature. The plan for future trails is in place to connect Blue Heron to the bigger world and offer rich opportunities to visit.

If you are interested in a tangible tribute, you may purchase a large stone in a seating area as a marker or directional stone, or in a pathway. Giving a native plant to someone who loves flowers and other growing things would be a great gift that would also help support Blue Heron’s native habitats. Adopt a native wildlife species and your donation will support the care and maintenance for their habitat in an urban area.

All gifts are acknowledged with a photo gift card from Blue Heron and a package of native plant seeds. For more information on how to make a tribute gift to Blue Heron, please call 404.345.008 or e-mail nancyj@bhnp.org.

Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities

Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc. (ARMHC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing the health and well being of children and families. ARMHC serves and sustains families when serious illness or injury strikes the most cherished part of their lives: their children. At the two Atlanta Ronald McDonald Houses, no family is turned away if they cannot afford the $20 per night contribution, and many of these families stay at the Ronald McDonald House for weeks, and sometimes months, while their children receive treatment at local children’s hospitals. When you make a tribute gift, ARMHC will send a notification letter to the person being honored, and you can also choose to send a custom e-card. For more information on how to make a tribute gift to ARMHC, please visit RMHC.org/donate-now.

Civil Lawyers Against World Sex-Slavery

Sex slavery exists in Atlanta’s most popular suburbs, including Buckhead, Alpharetta and Dunwoody, and the illegal sex trade brings in an estimated $290 million annually, mostly through the kidnapping and coercion of young children and women. To address this epidemic, Civil Lawyers Against World Sex-Slavery (CLAWS) engages in targeted civil litigation against sex traffickers and all facilitators of sexual harm. CLAWS advocates for the appropriate and effective criminal prosecution of perpetrators. It also advocates for public policies that increase the enforcement and efficacy of criminal and civil laws pertaining to sexual violence and exploitation.

If you would like to make a donation to CLAWS in honor of a loved one, they can provide you with cards and information to show how your donation helps. Simply make an online donation or send them your contribution, letting them know that you want a card to recognize your special gift. All donations to CLAWS go directly into the organization’s work and operating expenses. For more information on how to make a tribute gift to CLAWS, please call 404.382.0353 or email karen@usclaws.org.

Georgia Aquarium

Tribute giving through Georgia Aquarium is a meaningful way to honor a loved one and at the same time, help ensure future generations will have the opportunity to experience the wonder of the world’s oceans in downtown Atlanta. These gifts support the organization’s mission to bring the aquatic world to both students and guests. These experiences can launch a lifetime of learning about the magnificence of our living seas and builds awareness of how conservation of aquatic animals is relevant to everyone.

Tribute donors can choose to have their loved ones permanently listed on Georgia Aquarium’s memorial wall. These gifts perpetuate the memory of the individual’s life and work and translate into a legacy for future generations. For more information on how to make a tribute gift to Georgia Aquarium, please call 404.581.4134 or e-mail cfleming@georgiaaquarium.org.

High Museum of Art

The High Museum of Art offers many ways to donate, including through gifts to the Annual Fund, gifts of art, or endowment and estate gifts.  Tribute giving also offers an opportunity to honor a family member or friend whose life has been impacted by the Museum. Works of art may be donated to the High during a person’s lifetime or by bequest, which is one of the simplest and most popular ways to make a gift of this kind. These gifts can help ensure the quality of the Museum’s collections, special exhibitions, education and public programs for generations to come.For more information about how to make a planned gift to the High, please contact Ruth Richardson at 404.733.4557.