After reviewing a report released last week by a committee of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which had been tasked by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to analyze the necessity of using chimpanzees in biomedical and behavioral research, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) welcomed the committee’s conclusions and recommendations, noting that they represent a paradigm shift in how the United States approaches the use of one of our closest relatives in the animal kingdom in invasive medical research.
The children's book Me...Jane tells the delightful story of a young Jane Goodall and her special childhood toy chimpanzee, Jubilee. A young Jane observes the natural world around her and dreams of life among the animals until one day her dream is realized.
Adrienne Bermingham was selected by the Jane Goodall Institute to serve as the 2011-2012 Youth Leadership Fellow and to support the Institute’s environmental and humanitarian youth program, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots. Adrienne travels around the United States and abroad helping spread Dr. Goodall’s hopeful message that young people, when given the tools and motivation, can indeed change theworld. Through presentations, workshops and trainings, Adrienne is helping the Jane Goodall Institute inspire and engage the next generation of leaders today.
The provision in the tax law that allows taxpayers aged 70 1/2 and older to make distributions directly to a charity of up to $100,000 from their traditional and Roth IRAs and avoid income tax on the distribution is scheduled to expire on December 31 this year. This may be the last year to make these gifts without incurring income tax on the withdrawal. (The gift avoids federal income tax but state income tax may still apply.)
At the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), we have so much to be thankful for ths year -- most of all, our loyal members. The support of our members in 2011 has enabled us to continue our efforts to save endangered chimpanzees, help the communities that live alongside chimpanzee habitat and, empower young people to make the world a better place for all living things.
This Thanksgiving, we wanted to do something special for our members so we put together these free Thanksgiving JGI e-cards. We hope you enjoy them!
While Jane was in Seattle, Washington last month she made sure to clear her schedule for a few minutes to visit with her longtime friend Dale Chihuly, the amazing glass design artist. Jane has even helped Dale create a special glass sculpture in the past!