Professionally, Ron Grant was a brilliant composer, but he also shared his passion for monarch butterflies with everyone who would listen. Ron's love for butterflies began when he was a boy, but became even more meaningful when he and his wife, Benida, moved into their home in Brentwood in 1972. Their backyard is a redwood grove and every fall migrating monarchs would stop there for a few months. In recent years, the number of monarchs visiting the Grant home has diminished drastically. This was a source of heartbreak and concern for Ron.
Through the Ron Grant Memorial Monarch Conservation Fund, it is our goal to support monarch conservation and education efforts through Monarch Joint Venture in Ron’s memory to honor his passion for butterflies. We ask for your contribution to this fund at the University of Minnesota (where the Monarch Joint Venture is based) in memory of Ron; saving butterflies is a cause that meant the world to him. Contributions will be used to support a nationwide effort to protect monarchs and their beautiful migration that meant so much to Ron. Additional gifts can be made to the fund at any time.
Monarch butterflies have experienced steep decline in recent decades. Only if these charismatic insects have adequate habitat to survive will our children and grandchildren and generations to come have the opportunity to build their own memories of this amazing orange and black butterfly. The Monarch Joint Venture (MJV) is a national conservation partnership working to conserve and protect monarch butterflies throughout the U.S. With nearly 60 partners nationwide working together on this important conservation issue, the MJV plays a vital role in coordinating conservation, research, monitoring, and education projects to ensure our overall efforts to support monarchs and other pollinators will be worthwhile.
Each year, MJV program funds are set aside to help our partners move priority conservation actions forward. Contributions to Ron’s memorial fund will support conservation projects and help more monarchs take flight!
For more information on monarch conservation efforts, please visit the Monarch Joint Venture website at www.monarchjointventure.org, or reach out to the MJV Coordinator by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
All donations received through the University of Minnesota Foundation are tax deductible.