Northwoods Legacy Society

Include the Northwoods Land Trust in your will or estate to leave a lasting legacy of land for future generations.

Photo by Anne Small

Become a Legacy Donor

Making a planned gift or bequest to the Northwoods Land Trust (NWLT) is one of the finest ways to leave your legacy. Join the Northwoods Legacy Society by including NWLT in your plans for the future. 

Legacy gifts support our mission to protect land and preserve natural shoreland throughout the northwoods of Wisconsin. Legacy gifts are the primary way NWLT builds its capacity to protect more land and sustain conservation and stewardship programs into the future.

As a legacy donor, you may choose to give a portion of your estate, specific assets or your residual estate (after payment of other bequests). There is no limit to the amount you can leave to a charity such as NWLT.  Legacy gifts to NWLT are free from federal estate tax and may therefore offer significant estate tax benefits. 

Willa Schmidt was NWLT’s first conservation easement donor in 2003. She has also included NWLT in her will to continue to support northwoods conservation into the future.

Legacy Gifts can include you naming Northwoods Land Trust as a beneficiary in your:


(including real estate & other tangible assets)


(living revocable, etc.)


(or other retirement accounts)

Financial Accounts

(Bank, Brokerage, or other accounts)

Life Insurance Plan

Charitable Remainder Trust

Learn more about the Northwoods Legacy Society and legacy gift options. Our Legacy Giving Guide includes examples, sample language and helpful instructions.

Please fill out the Intention Form if you have included NWLT in your will or estate. Returning the form results in your membership in the Northwoods Legacy Society.

Please speak with your financial advisors or attorney about setting a percentage, fixed dollar amount or specific asset to support our mission. If you have any questions or would like assistance planning and directing your gift to NWLT, please contact Ted Anchor, Executive Director at (715) 479-2490 or Alternatively, you may fill out this online interest form and we will contact you. Please inform us if you have included NWLT in your will or estate plans to be sure your gift can be accepted and your intentions honored.

The Northwoods Legacy Society is dedicated to those who leave their legacy through a
bequest to NWLT. To make gifts during your lifetime, visit our Support page.

Northwoods Legacy Society Members

our supporters who have left their legacy with a bequest


Carl Anderson

Dale Druckrey (via Dale Druckery Fund at the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin)

Sybil & Howard Holtzer

Luida Sanders (via Charles A. & Ida C. Sanders Northwoods Memorial Fund at the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin)

thank you to all of our supporters who plan to leave a bequest

John Huppert

Willa Schmidt

This section is in development:
all prospective legacy donors will be contacted in early 2024
to confirm intentions before names are listed.


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