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LAF Launches Planned Giving Website

LAF is pleased to provide our supporters with information on creative ways to invest in the work of the Foundation. Through planned giving, you, your loved ones, and LAF can all benefit.

LAF’s new planned giving website outlines opportunities to ensure that a livable planet is part of your legacy through this very special and important form of financial support. The website presents information and financially prudent options for making gifts of cash or other assets. For example, did you know that you can easily support LAF through gifts that pay you back?

In addition to providing this information, LAF is honored to recognize our planned giving donors through the LAF Legacy Society. Members of the LAF Legacy Society have expressed their commitment to our mission by naming LAF as the beneficiary of a planned gift. Such gifts might include a bequest, appreciated securities, gifts of real estate, gifts of life insurance and/or charitable income gifts, such as charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder unitrusts, charitable remainder annuity trusts. These Legacy Society members hope you will join them in supporting LAF through a planned gift. Planned gifts of all types and size are recognized in the LAF Legacy Society.

plannedgivingIllustration of how a bequest can benefit LAF, you, and your loved ones.

Planning your estate and legacy for future generations, including your charitable interests, takes careful evaluation. Consulting with the appropriate professionals can assist you. Discussing your charitable intentions with LAF and your financial advisors can lead to a much better result than going it alone and will ensure that your gift is used just as you wish.

Please let us know if you have already included the Landscape Architecture Foundation in your estate plan or if you are considering doing so. We would love to hear from you and answer any questions you might have. Development Manager Matt Alcide can be reached at malcide@lafoundation.org or 202-331-7070 x13.

LAF sincerely appreciates your generosity, and we thank you for considering this special form of giving.

The planned giving website is intended to provide general gift planning information. The Landscape Architecture Foundation is not qualified to provide specific legal, tax or investment advice, and the website should not be looked to or relied upon as a source for such advice. Consult with your own legal and financial advisors before making any gift.

LAF Receives NEA Art Works Grant for CSI

artworkslogo-f3kThe National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today that the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is one 38 national, regional, state, and local nonprofit organizations to receive an NEA Art Works grant in the Design category.

LAF is recommended for a $25,000 grant to support the Summer 2012 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches LAF-funded student-faculty research teams with leading practitioners to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects. Ten research teams will participate in the Summer 2012, and the NEA grant will fund half of the $5,000 stipend paid to the student Research Assistant on each team.

“We are thrilled that NEA is investing in this research to show the environmental, economic, and social value of exemplary design,” said LAF Executive Director Barbara Deutsch, ASLA.

The NEA received 1,624 eligible applications for this round of Art Works funding. The 788 Art Works grants total $24.81 million and support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Visit the NEA website for a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support.

Carl D. Johnson, FASLA (1926-2010)

LAF was saddened to learn of the passing of Carl D. Johnson, FASLA, founder or the firm Johnson, Johnson, and Roy (JJR) in 1961 with his brother William and fellow landscape architect Clarence Roy. Johnson died in Ann Arbor on October 24, 2010, at the age of 84.

Johnson served on the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Board of Directors in the 1980s and was largely responsible for the establishment of the JJR Research Grant, which supported the LAF’s Land and Community Design Case Study Series of published books and our new Landscape Performance Series.

carljohnsonJohnson was JJR’s guiding force in planning and design for over 30 years. He had a special passion for drawing and watercolor, and his approach to design frequently made use of conversational graphics as sketches intended to stimulate discussion of design approaches and solutions. His talent in design and illustration were surpassed only by his ability to communicate the contributions that landscape architects make to preserve and shape both the natural and built environments. His professional legacy includes internationally significant and lasting work in the fields of restoration and adaptive reuse of historic landscapes, including of the City of Louisville’s famous Cherokee Park, what became the Lighthouse Landing Park in Evanston, and rehabilitation of the C.S. Mott Estate, Applewood, in Flint, Michigan.

Johnson was committed not only to his professional practice but to developing the next generation of planning and design leaders. He taught at the University of Michigan there for 29 years and presented guest lectures at more than 20 architecture and landscape architecture schools thoughout the continent and overseas, all while maintaining an active practice at JJR. In 1989 he retired from teaching and was named Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture at the University of Michigan.

Johnson consistently supported the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) at the local chapter and national levels. Named an ASLA Fellow in 1979, Carl Johnson was awarded the Society’s highest honor, the ASLA Medal, in 2000. With the exception of the Olmsted brothers, he and his brother William are the only siblings to have been so honored by ASLA.

For a complete biography, visit the Cultural Landscape Foundation’s Pioneers of American Landscape Design.

JJR / Roy Fund Legacy Gift Launches Landscape Performance Series

by Barbara Deutsch, Executive Director, LAF

When I think about the unbelievable gift from Clarence and Ruth Roy to LAF, and to all of us actually, I think about the little bells ringing at the end of “It’s a Wonderful Life” when we learn that Clarence, George’s Guardian Angel, has finally gotten his wings.

I think how lucky we are to have of Clarence (and Ruth) Roy as our special guardian angels at this time, ensuring that our work is done to make an important contribution to the profession and the environment.  

I think it is safe to say that without the Roy Funds, LAF’s new Landscape Performance Series would be just a series of PDFs at this point.  Now we have an interactive, dynamic infrastructure in place to deliver the multi-media value we’ve been able to create for the profession, as well as for those outside the profession who are also working to achieve sustainability and make a difference.

I am curious to learn more about our angels Clarence and Ruth Roy, not having had the honor of meeting them. Deb Mitchell, Senior Vice President at JJR tells us a little bit about them in her interview, but for those of you who knew them, we’d love to hear from you and appreciate you sharing your thoughts and memories of these remarkable people!