The holidays are a wonderful time of giving and sharing, but sometimes it can be hard to do everything we want within our budgets. The following are seven ways you can support your favorite non-profit or cause just by opening your heart (and not your wallet).
Workday volunteers at Hartland Marsh. Photo by Meghan Wersel.

1. Volunteer your time

Volunteering your time is an often-underrated form of charity. Non-profits and other organizations with small staffs need volunteers to help with the little things that make a big difference: stuffing envelopes, signing letters, working events, just to name a few.

2. Volunteer your skills

Aside from volunteering your time, consider volunteering your specific skill set. If you’re a professional photographer, graphic designer, writer or videographer, consider donating your expertise to a cause you love.

3. Non-monetary donations

You also might have items sitting unused in your house that you can donate without spending a dime. Clothing, eyeglasses, furniture, toys, unused travel-size products, canned goods… the list continues!

4. Social Promotion

Have a favorite cause or organization that you support? Tell your friends about it! Follow their page and share their posts on social media. Never underestimate the power of word of mouth (and a good online review)!

5. Employer Gift Matching

Some companies participate in matching gift programs. If you are considering donating your time or money, check out if your employer will match your gift or time first. Use the site below to look up your company or reach out to HR.

6. Facebook Fundraisers

Consider holding a Facebook fundraiser for a cause you love on your birthday or on #GivingTuesday! When raising money for non-profits, Facebook doesn’t take a fee.  Look for fundraising prompts on your timeline or find the “Fundraisers” tab near your “Pages” and “Groups.”

7. AmazonSmile & Other Donation Sites

Facebook isn’t the only site that does fundraising—there are literally hundreds. Some of our favorites include AmazonSmile, which sends a portion of your purchase revenue to a charity of your choice, Charity Miles, which donates 25 cents for every mile you walk, bike or run, and Good Search, which donates for each search made on the site.  

We hope these ideas inspire you as you consider how you want to support your favorite cause this giving season!

To read more on how you can help out the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin specifically, please see Ways to Give page linked below.

The Wisconsin Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Fund

This endowment fund will provide sustainable support to protect Wisconsin’s turtles, toads, frogs, lizards, snakes, and salamanders for future generations.

Backyard Birding with the Great Wisconsin Birdathon

This year the Great Wisconsin Birdathon participants took part in the Backyard Birding Challenge, finding an incredible 185 species in their own backyards!

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.

Tracking the Phantoms: A Red-shouldered Hawk Telemetry Study

In 2018 the Foundation helped fund the first attempt to monitor Wisconsin’s red-shouldered hawk with more advanced telemetry technology.

We’re Partnering up with Snapshot Wisconsin

We’re excited to announce that the Foundation is partnering with Snapshot Wisconsin to provide more volunteer opportunities for our members!

Feathers – Finders Keepers? Not Really . . .

For generations, feathers have been used in many decorative ways. Once removed from the bird, there is no way to know how they were acquired. The federal migratory bird act of 1972 put specific laws in place to protect all birds to keep them from being killed for their feathers.

Conservation Dogs Lend a Paw in Bumble Bee Surveys

Thanks to the incredible support from the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin’s Wisconsin Pollinator Protection Fund, Midwest Conservation Dogs, Inc. has begun training professional detection dogs to locate bumble bee nests.

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.

7 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary

While most Earth Day in-person and large events have been canceled, the celebration of the nation-wide event that began right here in Wisconsin continues. 

14 Things We ❤️ About Wisconsin

To celebrate Valentine’s Day we have compiled a list of 14 things we love about our valentine—Wisconsin.