Planned Giving

Sunset over a lake

What’s your legacy?

Consider leaving a legacy of clean air and water;

special places to hunt, hike, fish, and explore close to home;

places that make Wisconsin such a wonderful place to live, work, and play. 

Consider including Gathering Waters in your estate plans.

Whether you are taking your first steps toward drafting your will or considering an update to your estate plan, Gathering Waters is here to help you achieve your long-term charitable goals.

Through a planned gift to Gathering Waters, you can leave a legacy of special places in Wisconsin for future generations.

When you make a planned gift to Gathering Waters, you will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Complimentary admission to our annual Land Conservation Leadership Awards Celebration
  • Recognition of your planned gift in Gathering Waters' materials
  • Opportunities for one-on-one meetings with Gathering Waters staff and board members

If you include Gathering Waters in your will, please let us know so we can thank you in your lifetime.

Below, we will talk more about the types of planned gifts available and how to make a planned gift. We'll also recognize those supporters of Gathering Waters who have already included us in their estate plans and hear a few personal reasons for setting up a planned giving. 

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:

  • Bequest in a will
  • Life insurance
  • Charitable gift annuities
  • Retirement plan or IRA beneficiary designation
  • Charitable remainder trust
  • Insurance beneficiary designation
  • Gift or real estate or other tangible property

Information you will need to set up a planned gift

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

Legal Name: Gathering Waters, Inc.
Tax ID#: 39-1805090

If you have questions or would like more information, contact our Executive Director, Mike Carlson at 608-251-9131 x14 or

A special thank you

We would like to thank all those who have pledged or made planned gifts to Gathering Waters:

  • Jim Bennett
  • Dana & Pat Chabot
  • Sean & Sara DeKok
  • Dale Druckrey Conservation Fund of the National Resources Foundation*
  • Eric Forward
  • Kreitz Living Trust*
  • Tim Jacobson
  • Harold "Bud" Jordahl*
  • Dale & Joanna Kramer Fanney
  • Tia Nelson
  • Michele Parker

*Gift received



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. -- Tia Nelson, 2010






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. -- Eric Forward, 2012




Land conservation in Wisconsin is predominantly a grassroots undertaking. This is both a blessing and a curse. It empowers landowners and other conservationists. It also means that there will always be a need for statewide leadership of, and guidance for land trusts. Gathering Waters meets this need, and Pat and I hope it always will be there to do that. -- Dana & Pat Chabot, 2010


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