Category Archives: Capacity Building

Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory Fund

If you’ve read any books about financial management, you know that while cash reserves and savings accounts are important, the key to sustainability and financial freedom is having assets that provide passive income. Why? Because passive income buys you time – your most valuable asset. Time you can invest in whatever matters to you most – your family, your hobbies, your business. For mission-based organizations, time equals impact. Less time spent fundraising means more time...

2017 Conservation Grants Announced

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin has awarded $27,945 to 29 applicants through the 2017 C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant Program. The program annually awards grants up to $1,000 that support the conservation of Wisconsin’s natural resources as well as education and outreach. The 2017 conservation grants range from pollinator protection to community trail building. “We believe that nature has inherent value and that people want to make a difference,” said Ruth Oppedahl, executive director for...

Amid massive declines, NRF joins national effort to protect the monarch butterfly

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is proud to announce our recent partnership with the Monarch Joint Venture (MJV), a collaborative effort with more than 50 partners including government agencies, universities, and nonprofit organizations working to conserve, protect, and promote the monarch and its habitat throughout the country. The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is arguably America’s most recognizable insect. Despite its popularity, monarch populations have been reduced by a staggering amount—researchers estimate that 80 percent...

Supporting Internships at Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center

Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center provides unique opportunities to learn and explore the outdoors. With property on both the Minnesota and Wisconsin sides of the scenic St. Croix River, the nature center preserves 725 acres of wildlife habitat while also providing educational opportunities for over 7,000 K-12 students annually. Hiking trails wind through restored and prairie habitat and mixed deciduous forest on the 300-acre Wisconsin campus. So how does one organization manage so much territory? Internships provide critical staffing...

Support for the Aldo Leopold Nature Center

The Natural Resources Foundation and the Aldo Leopold Nature Center have a long history together, since the very beginning of the Nature Center’s formation. Some of our first grants from the Besadny endowment went to the construction of an accessible pier on the Edna Taylor Park grounds in 1996. Since then, we have supported several of their programs, including summer camps, invasive species programs, educational workshops and more. The Aldo Leopold Nature Center, situated east...

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program: Valued volunteers

The Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program is a network of well-informed citizens dedicated to conservation education and service within communities across Wisconsin. There are hundreds of certified Master Naturalist Volunteers in Wisconsin who share their passion, interest, and dedication to science and nature by volunteering to share their knowledge with others. Organizations across the state rely on these individuals to help with natural resources efforts. “The goals of the Wisconsin Master Naturalist program match my own—preparing and enlisting...