Make An Impact

Your gift today is vital. Thank you for considering a gift to protect land and water in Wisconsin.

Ways To Give

There are many ways to support land and water conservation in Wisconsin! Donate online, call us on the phone, or send a donation in the mail. 

Portrait of Creal Zearing

If you need assistance with your donation or have questions about any of the information on this page, please reach out to Creal Zearing, Director of Philanthropy at 608-251-9131 x18 or

Gathering Waters’ tax ID number is 39-1805090. 

Monthly donations save resources and make your investment go further by protecting land and water with less administrative work.

Click here to learn more about our monthly giving circle and/or to update your information.

Click here to be re-directed to our online donation page and choose “Make my gift monthly” to set up a recurring donation today.

A qualified charitable distribution (QCD) allows individuals with an annual required minimum distribution (RMD) to transfer funds from their Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to a charitable institution (such as Gathering Waters).

A contribution to Gathering Waters is an easy and convenient way to make a gift from one of your major assets, tax-free. It can be excluded from your gross income and counts towards your required minimum distribution.

For your contribution to qualify, you must be 70 1/2 or older. The transfer must go directly from your IRA to Gathering Waters. Your total IRA contribution(s) in one year cannot exceed $100,000. And no goods or services may be received for the gift (don't worry - we'll see to that).

Please note: For a QCD to count toward the current year's RMD, the funds must come out of your IRA by your RMD deadline, which is generally December 31 each year.

Send your QCD to Gathering Waters at: 211 S. Paterson Street, Suite 270, Madison, WI 53703.

Did you know? Human beneficiaries of traditional IRAs are taxed on any funds inherited from an IRA. However, nonprofit organizations, such as Gathering Waters, are not taxed on beneficiary distributions from an IRA. Consider leaving your IRA to a charity and other assets you hold to your loved ones instead.

For more information click here to be redirected to our Legacy Giving page. (This does not apply to Roth IRAs.)

Gathering Waters accepts donations through your donor-advised fund (DAF). Pledges to Gathering Waters are legally non-binding and, therefore, DAF distributions may go toward a pledge with Gathering Waters. When you make a Donor Advised Fund gift, it's possible that the sponsoring organization will not share your information with us. Please fill out this form when you've made a gift so we can make sure to thank you and ensure that your gift gets to where it is intended.

If you would like to donate a gift of stock, simply provide the following information to your broker or financial adviser:

Stockbroker: BMO Financial Services DTC Number: 0075
Internal Account #: 35559406
Account Registration/Title: Gathering Waters, Inc.

Please note: Per our current financial practices, we will instruct our broker to sell your donated shares upon receipt of the gift.

If you need help from BMO to make the transfer, they can be contacted at:

BMO Wealth Direct

We would be honored by your consideration or inclusion of Gathering Waters in your will or estate plan. For more information about leaving a legacy gift to Gathering Waters, please click here to be redirected to our legacy giving page.

Show your commitment to protecting Wisconsin's loved and cherished places. Event sponsorships include: Wisconsin Land Trust Conference and Wisconsin Land Trust Days.

We would welcome a matching donation through your workplace! But we acknowledge that it takes effort on your part. If you need any assistance, don't hesitate to reach out!

Your Trust Matters

In fact, your trust in us is vital to ongoing and permanent conservation in Wisconsin. 

One of our guiding principles is credibility: “We earn trust through accountability to ourselves and others, and transparency about our performance and impact.” 

We also believe that trust is built through relationships. So, consider this an open invitation for coffee or a hike together! We want to hear from you and we want to get to know you.