Support NWLT

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Join efforts to protect the woods and waters of northern Wisconsin by supporting the Northwoods Land Trust. Contributions can be made any time of year, are tax-deductible and help preserve and care for land year-round.

Make a Donation Now

Make a first-time donation or renew your support today. Year-end gifts during the holiday season are greatly appreciated. 

You can make a secure, online donation with a credit card or through your PayPal account.

Or, you can download this form and mail a check made out to ‘NWLT’ with ‘contribution’ in the memo, and send to: Northwoods Land Trust, PO Box 321, Eagle River WI 54521.

All contributors receive a one-year membership in NWLT, a tax acknowledgement letter, bi-annual newsletters and a listing in our Annual Report (you can choose to remain anonymous). Annual gifts sustain our operations and programs, so once you join, we hope you will continue.

*Any gift made after November 15th, if in addition to an annual membership contribution made earlier in the calendar year, will be considered a special, year-end gift. 

Other Ways to Donate

Consider all of the ways you can help shape the future of the northwoods through a charitable gift.

Sustaining Seeds is our monthly giving program. Monthly gifts help maximize annual giving by spreading it equally throughout the year, great for budget-minded donors. Sustaining Seeds members are featured in our Annual Report and receive an annual tax acknowledgement letter. You need a credit card to enroll, and can change your plan or cancel at any time.

Give monthly.

Give a special gift to honor or remember a friend or family member.  We will notify the person, or the family, with a custom card if their contact information is provided. Your gift will be recognized in our Annual Report.

Make a Tribute Gift.

Does your employer have an employee giving program? Please inquire – if they do, your gift may be matched! 

NWLT is a member of EarthShare, a federation of environmental and conservation organizations. Please look for us there if you are employed by an agency or organization that participates in this program.

Gifts of appreciated stock, mutual funds and other securities are oftentimes preferred over cash gifts (as they are not subject to capital gains tax). Invest in permanent conservation by transferring publicly traded securities to NWLT. 

Click for transfer instructions.

Use your IRA as a philanthropic vehicle. No matter your age, you can support NWLT through your IRA account.

If you are 73 years of age or older: If your IRA is subject to ‘required minimum distributions’ (RMD), you can satisfy these requirements and make a ‘qualified charitable distribution’ (QCD) of up to $100,000 without having to pay income tax.  The transfer must go directly from your IRA to the land trust by your RMD deadline.
(Please note, in 2023 the minimum age increased to 73. If you have previously been eligible to make a QCD at a younger age you may continue to do so.)

If you are older than 59 1/2 years of age: You can make a distribution from your IRA and then make a charitable gift to NWLT without penalty.

Any age: You can designate NWLT as the beneficiary of all or a percentage of your IRA and it will be gifted tax-free after your lifetime. 

Visit the IRS IRA FAQs page for more information. Your financial advisor or account holder can provide more information on qualified distributions and charitable gifts.

Donor-advised funds are becoming more popular as a centralized way for individuals, families and businesses to make tax-deductible charitable donations. If you have a donor-advised fund, or even a family foundation, please consider a gift to NWLT. Learn about DAFs.

Donating a property or parcel of land as a charitable gift that NWLT can resell is an option that has worked well for many families. NWLT handles the sale to support our mission. Contact us if you are interested in donating ‘trade lands.’

Gifting a sizable property for permanent conservation leaves a legacy long after you’re gone. Visit our Protect Your Land page for more information.

An anonymous donor gave NWLT a lot on Pickerel Lake in Vilas County that did not meet the minimum size criteria for permanent conservation. The lot was sold by NWLT and the proceeds supported our efforts to protect larger landscapes in the northwoods.

Thank you for your commitment to protecting the health and beauty of the northwoods!

The Northwoods Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our federal tax identification number is 31-1776860. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

If you have questions about gift options, please contact us.

Boy by lake at sunset

Legacy Giving

What matters most is what you leave behind. Make a gift that lasts forever. By including the Northwoods Land Trust in your will or estate plans, you’ll leave a lasting legacy of land for generations to come.


Your skills and time are valuable. By offering them to the Northwoods Land Trust, you help strengthen our programs and operations. What interests you?

Volunteers of all ages and abilities assist the Northwoods Land Trust indoors and outdoors. Please fill out the online Volunteer Form to express your interests and availability. Once we hear from you, we’ll be in touch and invite you to help out when the time comes. This could involve working independently as time allows, or in a group setting on scheduled days. 

Volunteer options may include:

  •  Office support
  • Event support
  • Photography/videography
  • Serving on a committee or board of directors
  • Trail clearing and maintenance
  • Monitoring of conservation properties
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