Planned Giving

If you’ve ever spent time in Wisconsin’s Northwoods, hiked a segment of the Ice Age Trail, or enjoyed beautiful Lake Michigan views, 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?

Whether you are taking those important first steps toward planning your estate 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 peaceful forests, bountiful lakes, and picturesque vistas for our children and grandchildren.

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

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

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:

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

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Mike Carlson,  608-251-9131 x14 or carlson[at]

Sustainers Circle Stories

Tia Nelson joined our Sustainers Circle in 2010 when she committed to leaving half of the equity in her home to Gathering Waters. 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.  


Dana and Pat Chabot joined the Sustainers Circle in 2010. Dana has this to say about their pledge:

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.







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

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

*Gift received

If you have already made plans to provide for Gathering Waters 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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