Our Shared Legacy

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We are grateful for every generous gift that will help the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy achieve its goals.

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A Portrait of Giving: Donald Hamer

The way Donald W. Hamer sees it, conservation and economic development go hand-in-hand.

Hamer is proud of his long track record of supporting various land conservation projects through the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and other organizations; he’s confident his financial gifts have improved the value of the private and residential land in Central Pennsylvania.

“My intentions aren’t purely environmental,” said Hamer, an Illinois native who moved to the State College, Pa., area in the 1960s. “We need to preserve some places as we grow, create wonderful parks and protect rare species and special plant habitat. These things have an impact on the value of the land around them.”

Hamer, the founder and chairman of State of the Art Inc., recently committed a $1 million gift to Our Shared Legacy, which is the largest outright individual gift commitment in the Conservancy’s history. Most of his gift will be used by WPC to conserve land within a 50-mile radius of State College.

Hamer earned engineering degrees from the University of Illinois and Penn State University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. After serving in the Navy at the end of World War II and during the Korean Conflict, Hamer found himself in Central Pennsylvania for a job. It was only then that he learned his family’s roots stretch back 200 years to Huntingdon County, Pa.

He ultimately made a name for himself as his company became a leading manufacturer of high-reliability resistors in the microelectronics market.

A casual hiker who admired the plants and wildflowers he would see along the way, Hamer became enthusiastic about the Conservancy’s work when he met organizational leaders in the 1990s.

“It’s exciting to be a part of the synergy that occurs when many parties work together on a project,” he said. “It makes it well worth it.”

Our success will be our collective legacy, a testament to foresight and commitment to the natural resources entrusted to us.

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