Planned Giving

If you’ve ever spent time in Wisconsin’s Northwoods, hiked a segment of the Ice Age Trail, or enjoyed a picnic in one of Milwaukee’s urban parks, you know that Wisconsin is full of inspiring and beautiful landscapes.  What better legacy is there to leave than your commitment to protecting these special places for generations to come? 

What is the Sustainers Circle?

Types of Planned Gifts

How to Make a Planned Gift

Sustainers Circle Stories


What is the Sustainers Circle?

By making a legacy gift to Gathering Waters, you will be welcomed into the Sustainers Circle of our Land Legacy Society —a group of GWC benefactors dedicated to preserving Wisconsin’s special places.  As a member of the Sustainers Circle you will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Exclusive invitations to donor-club appreciation events and other GWC festivities
  • Recognition of support in Gathering Waters materials and donor club literature
  • Opportunities for one-on-one meetings with GWC staff and board members
  • A commemorative gift honoring your commitment to preserving Wisconsin’s natural resources.


Types of Planned Gifts

We encourage you to discuss which giving option best fits your needs with your financial planner or estate planning attorney.  Types of gifts you may consider include:

    * A bequest provision
    * Charitable remainder trust
    * Retirement plan or IRA beneficiary designation
    * Insurance beneficiary designation
    * Charitable gift annuity
    * Gift or real estate or other tangible property


How to Make a Planned Gift

To make a planned gift, here's some information to share with your financial planner or estate planning attorney:

GWC's tax ID#: 39-1805090
GWC's legal name:  Gathering Waters Conservancy, Inc.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Mike Strigel 608-251-9131 x 14 or mike[at]gatheringwaters.org.


Sustainers Circle Stories

GWC board member Tia Nelson joined our Sustainers Circle in 2010 when she committed to leaving half of the equity in her home to GWC. About this decision, Tia said:

I felt it was important to make Gathering Waters a part of my estate planning, because, in doing so, I solidify my connection to Wisconsin’s environmental future. In this way, I can ensure the longevity of the conservation legacy of my father, Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, who dedicated his life to protecting special natural places for this and future generations. Papa instilled in me a strong sense that individual action matters and that we each have the opportunity and obligation to do our part to protect the lands and waters that make Wisconsin such a beautiful place to live. This is my way of honoring him, and the great work of Gathering Waters.
 

Eric Forward joined the Sustainers Circle in 2012, and had this to say about his pledge:

Over the past 10 years, I have been able to learn about the work of so many of our great Wisconsin land trusts, their unique conservation successes, and the people behind those organizations and successes. I wish I could provide support to all the land trusts throughout our great State, but having a young family that just isn’t possible, so that is why I have pledged a planned gift to Gathering Waters. This way I can help provide, in my small way, support for all land trusts through the significant and lasting impactful work of Gathering Waters. I make this gift in hopes that my children and their children will have a beautiful, healthy, and vibrant Wisconsin to call home – that is the legacy that Wisconsin's land trusts are working to ensure.  

A special thank you to our generous Sustainers Circle members who have pledged or made planned gifts to Gathering Waters Conservancy:

  • Jim Bennett
  • Dana & Pat Chabot
  • Dale Druckrey*
  • Eric Forward
  • Tim Jacobson
  • Harold “Bud” Jordahl*
  • Harold Kreitz
  • Tia Nelson
  • Michele Parker

*planned gifts made

If you have already made plans to provide for Gathering Waters Conservancy in your estate, please let us know!  We would love the opportunity to extend our sincerest thanks and welcome you to the Sustainers Circle.

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