Northwoods Legacy Society

You can leave a lasting legacy for generations to come by including the land trust in your will or estate. Return the intention form to join the Northwoods Legacy Society. All members are featured below.  

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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. 

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

Legacy gifts to NWLT are free from federal estate tax and may therefore offer significant estate tax benefits. Please speak with your financial advisors about setting a percentage, fixed dollar amount or specific asset to support our mission.  Legacy gifts build capacity so NWLT can reach new goals and sustain land protection and stewardship programs into the future. 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.

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.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Northwoods Legacy Society, please contact us or fill out this online interest form and we will contact you.

To make planned and major gifts during your lifetime (to realize estate and/or income tax benefits), visit our Support page.

Northwoods Legacy Society Members

A special thank you to all of our supporters who have left,
or plan to leave, a bequest to NWLT.

Carl Anderson


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

Sybil & Howard Holtzer

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

Willa Schmidt

This section is in development and all prospective legacy donors will be contacted in the near future to confirm intentions before names are listed.
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