The legacy bulletin – Lorenzo McCleese

September 2023

A Rising Tide in Conservation and Community Leadership

When it comes to champions of environmental advocacy and community leadership, few shine as brightly as Lorenzo McCleese. As a dedicated volunteer at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center (PTMSC) from the tender age of eight, Lorenzo has been a strong proponent of our mission to inspire conservation of the Salish Sea. With the support of the Anne Murphy Ocean Stewards Scholarship, this rising star is poised to dive even deeper into environmental stewardship as he pursues higher education in the environmental field.

Lorenzo’s journey with PTMSC started as a docent, when he welcomed visitors to the Aquarium  and educated them about the diverse marine life and ecosystems of the Salish Sea. His commitment to environmental education was so inspiring that he was invited to speak at PTMSC’s annual fundraiser. With a heartfelt speech, he not only earned a standing ovation but also helped set a new donation record. 

Beyond PTMSC, Lorenzo’s academic and extracurricular activities show his lifelong commitment to making change. As a top-ranked student at Port Townsend High School, he excelled in advanced courses like AP Environmental Science and AP Biology, laying a strong foundation for his future studies in Environmental Science & Terrestrial Resource Management at the University of Washington. His leadership roles in the BIPOC Student Union and various environmental initiatives demonstrate his multifaceted approach to conservation and social justice.

Lorenzo understands that stewardship is a collective effort, not a solitary endeavor. Through his work at the YMCA’s BIPOC Families Branch and his role in organizing BIPOC youth-led community events, he is creating inclusive spaces where conversations about conservation can thrive. This community-centric approach makes him not just an advocate for the Salish Sea but also a catalyst for broader societal change.

Financially, the Anne Murphy Ocean Stewards Scholarship will help him navigate the choppy waters of university expenses. This scholarship, generously funded by donors like you, will allow him to focus on his studies and community work.

Lorenzo McCleese embodies the very essence of PTMSC’s mission. He is not just an aspiring environmentalist, but a young leader who has already made a significant impact on the conservation of the Salish Sea and the communities that rely on its well-being. We look forward to seeing the far-reaching ripples of change he will undoubtedly create in the years to come. His story is a wonderful example of the legacy you are leaving as a supporter of PTMSC.

Legacy Planning Tip #1: Setting Charitable Goals

Setting charitable goals can be a fulfilling and rewarding experience. It’s an opportunity to make a positive impact on the world and support causes that align with your values and beliefs. However, with so many worthy organizations to choose from, it can be overwhelming to decide where to focus your giving. Here are some tips on how to set charitable goals and make the most of your charitable giving.

First, it’s important to take the time to reflect on your personal values and what causes are most important to you. Consider what issues you are passionate about and what you want to achieve through your giving. Whether it’s protecting the environment, fighting poverty, promoting education, or supporting animal welfare, it’s important to have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish.

Next, research different organizations that align with your values and goals. Take the time to learn about their mission, programs, and impact. Look for organizations that are transparent about their finances, have a good reputation, and have a proven track record of making a difference.

Once you have a list of organizations you are interested in supporting, think about how you can allocate your gifts among the causes you believe in. One way to do this is to create a giving plan that outlines your charitable goals, and then assign a percentage of your giving budget to different organizations based on their importance to you.

It’s also important to diversify your giving. Supporting a variety of organizations allows you to support multiple causes and allows you to spread the impact of your giving. It also helps mitigate the risk of a specific organization experiencing issues that could negatively impact their ability to fulfill their mission.

Finally, remember to review and update your charitable goals and giving plan regularly. As your values and priorities change, it’s important to reassess your giving and make sure it aligns with your current goals and beliefs.

In conclusion, setting charitable goals is an important step in making a meaningful impact on the world. By taking the time to reflect on your values, researching organizations, creating a giving plan, diversifying your giving and regularly reviewing and updating your goals, you can ensure that your charitable giving is making the biggest impact possible.

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