OSPREY, FL (October 22, 2014) Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast honored the Floyd C. Johnson and Flo Singer Johnson Foundation as its 2014 Conservation Partner of the Year before a crowd of supporters and enthusiastic guests at their headquarters, Bay Preserve at Osprey. The honoree was selected for their significant investments in Conservation Foundation over the past five years. In 2009, the Floyd C. Johnson and Flo Singer Johnson Foundation made a million dollar gift to the Artist in Residence program which transformed the carriage house into a Welcome Center and Artist in Residence quarters. Part of their gift provided an endowment for the Artist in Residence program. In the past year, they gave an unrestricted gift of $100,000, understanding the importance and urgency of Conservation Foundation’s mission to save land, forever.
“This is leadership giving. This is investment for impact that is transforming the Conservation Foundation’s ability to tackle large conservation projects,” noted Ann Charters, chairman of Conservation Foundation’s Board of Trustees.
Diane Barth, president of the Floyd C. Johnson and Flo Singer Johnson Foundation, received the framed original photograph by esteemed Florida photographer, Clyde Butcher, commemorating the honor.
Diane commented, “Preservation and conservation of the environment and lands were always very important to Floyd and Flo Johnson, the founders of the Johnson Foundation. Flo knew that the vision and integrity of the Conservation Foundation was something she and Floyd would embrace with joy, and Flo decided that their foundation should support Conservation Foundation’s mission. The work of the Conservation Foundation supports the four cornerstones of the mission of the Johnson Foundation by not only preserving land, but through education, community programs and the protection of the many endangered animals who now have more open lands and shorelines available, which surely supports their survival. Giving to Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is a pleasure and a calling for the Floyd C. Johnson and Flo Singer Johnson Foundation.”
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast saves land, forever. Conservation Foundation works with landowners, businesses, and government to protect the character, natural integrity and biodiversity of the bays, beaches, barrier islands and their watersheds on Florida’s Gulf Coast. A nationally accredited land trust, the Foundation purchases natural areas, holds land preservation agreements and educates for responsible land and water stewardship in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee Counties. Learn more at www.conservationfoundation.com