Practice Catalyst Philanthropy
Robert and Ruth Nara donated $50,000 for expansion of the Michigan Tech Trails. The University purchased land adjoining the Nara Nature Park in 2006, with a long-range plan for a connected network of ski and bike trails. That’s when the Naras, local philanthropists and longtime friends of Michigan Tech, stepped in and provided the funds to connect Tech’s trails to the City of Houghton’s Nara Nature Park trails.
The Naras practice what they call “catalyst philanthropy.” Mr. Nara said, “We prefer to leverage our generosity so that we provide what we call ‘catalyst assets’ to groups or charities that can build upon our foundation funds to make really big things happen.”
The Naras also have supported the University’s Archives and have played a key role in initiating and sponsoring semiannual luncheons so that Michigan Tech’s president can discuss Tech’s progress and plans with Keweenaw community and business leaders.
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