Wisconsin Conservation Endowment

We build and protect Wisconsin’s nest egg.

Planning for the future in Wisconsin means making sure the necessary financial resources are available to care for the natural resources that we cherish. Through the Wisconsin Conservation Endowment, the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin provides permanent support for the state’s most critical conservation needs. The Foundation provides individuals and organizations who care deeply about our natural resources the opportunity to leave a legacy of sustained support.


Endowments can be created to fund:

  • A favorite conservation program or organization;
  • A unique habitat or landscape;
  • A beloved region or area;
  • A rare or endangered species;
  • General conservation needs in Wisconsin.

Explore endowment funds

Whether you are considering creating an endowment fund or contributing to one that already exists, we are proud to share our list of existing endowment funds. 

Give to an existing endowment

Enter the name of the existing endowment fund you wish to support when you donate online, or in the memo line if giving by check.

Why choose the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin?

  • Experience. Since 2006, we’ve worked with donors to establish nearly 100 endowment funds with more than $7 million in assets.
  • Public conservation focus. We serve conservation needs throughout Wisconsin by focusing efforts on the public lands that we all cherish.
  • Professional conservation expertise. Our staff and board bring extensive conservation experience to managing our endowment.
  • Professional financial services. TIAA brings dependable portfolio management expertise to our endowment.
  • Administrative support. The Foundation offers a personal approach to guidance, strategies, and fundraising support.
  • Wisconsin-based. The Foundation is not affiliated with a larger, national organization, so all of your contributions stay right here in state.

Types of endowment funds

FIELD OF INTEREST FUND ($10,000). Created by individual(s) or an organization to support the Foundation’s priority conservation programs including public lands and waters, wildlife, or environmental education.

AGENCY FUND ($15,000). Created by a qualified tax-exempt organization to support the organization’s operations and programs.

DESIGNATED FUND ($20,000). Created by individual(s) or an organization to support a specific conservation purpose designated by the donor.

DONOR-ADVISED FUND ($40,000). Donor advises the Foundation on which projects should be supported through the fund on an annual basis.

Frequently-asked questions

We’ve put together some of our most frequently asked questions and answers into an easy, downloadable document. If you have further questions, please contact our director of philanthropy, Camille Zanoni (contact information below).

Profiles in Conservation

Celebrating Nelson Institute’s 50th Anniversary

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the globally respected institution at the University of Wisconsin-Madison named after former Wisconsin Governor and U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, the author of renowned environmental legislation and founder of Earth Day.

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Conservation, Community, and Racial Justice

Recent events have shined a light on the deeply ingrained injustices that people of color continue to face, particularly the black community. The discrimination, violence, and oppression have left me and my colleagues at the Foundation deeply disturbed. We are angry. We are sad. We also stand in solidarity with all who are working to assure social and racial justice.

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Camille Zanoni

Camille Zanoni

Director of Philanthropy

(608) 409-3112

Camille leads the Foundation’s development efforts and helps raise support for Wisconsin’s priority conservation needs through annual, endowed, and planned giving.