Make a Donation
The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin acts as a bridge connecting individuals, families, businesses, and organizations to practical and sustainable strategies for caring for Wisconsin’s most imperiled lands, waters, and wildlife.
Whether through annual membership, a single donation, the establishment of an endowment, or the gift of time and expertise as a volunteer or board member, the Foundation is able to fulfill its mission thanks to your generosity. Your contribution helps strengthen and sustain Wisconsin’s conservation legacy and natural heritage.
Give to a Conservation Program
Make an outright gift of cash or securities to one of the Foundation’s priority conservation programs to help conserve our lands and waters, save our endangered wildlife, or support conservation education. We have three primary program areas: Restoring and managing lands and waters, protecting threatened wildlife, and promoting conservation education.
Join the Conservation Steward Society
The Natural Resources Foundation’s Conservation Steward Society recognizes a distinguished group of Foundation benefactors who contribute an annual unrestricted gift to the Natural Resources Foundation to support and sustain our conservation mission and activities. Conservation Steward Society members provide the invaluable operational support the Foundation relies on to continue its core functions and activities. Those who choose to join this Society are affirming their deep-felt commitment to the Foundation’s mission, and their long-term dedication to our work and continuance. Giving levels within the Society are defined at $1,000, $2,500, $5,000 or $10,000 per year. To join the Conservation Steward Society, please contact our Development Director, Camille Zanoni, at (608) 264-8922 or [email protected].
Make a Non-cash Gift of Securities
Gifts of stock can be transferred from your broker to our account with our Institutional Trust Administrator, TIAA. It’s an easy and safe way to make larger donations to the Foundation. Visit our Gifts of Stock page to learn more.
Make a Tax-Free Gift From your IRA
If you are 70 ½ or older and own an IRA, you can give up to $100,000 per calendar year directly from your IRA and count your gift towards your annual required minimum distribution. Your distribution is not recognized as income on your federal income tax return. Your gift must be complete on or before December 31 of the calendar year in which you choose to utilize the IRA Charitable Rollover gift vehicle for tax purposes.
You can make your gift by check, wire, or securities transfer. Visit our IRA Charitable Rollover page for the details.
Create an Endowed Fund
Establish a permanent, endowed fund to either support the Foundation’s general operations or conservation programs (Field of Interest Fund), or a particular conservation cause, program or qualified exempt organization of your choosing (Designated Fund or Donor Advised Fund).
A Field of Interest or Donor Advised Fund can also be used to generate an ongoing, general membership gift to the Natural Resources Foundation. See the Wisconsin Conservation Endowment for further information.
Establish a Spend Down Fund
Create a non-endowed spend down fund to support qualified exempt organizations or conservation programs of your choosing. The principal value of a spend down fund can be spent on an annual basis, and replenished with additional gifts. Spend down funds can also be used to generate an annual gift to the Foundation.
For more information on how you can make a difference, including information on planned giving or establishing an endowment, please contact: