The Acorn Fund planted last year by the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog has grown into a full-fledged endowment under the management of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, providing a perpetual source of funding to preserve and nurture the Bog.
Recent gifts and earnings have allowed the Cedarburg Bog Stewardship Fund to grow to $10,658 as of June 30, crossing the endowed fund threshold and becoming one of 58 funds that currently comprise the Wisconsin Conservation Endowment with total assets under management of $3 million.
Not only is the Bog fund professionally managed, donors will have the security of knowing their gift will be protected in a true endowment with the principal preserved in perpetuity to generate support for the work of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Field Station and the Department of Natural Resources, both of which are supported by the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog.
As part of the Wisconsin Conservation Endowment, the Bog's fund also gains regional and statewide visibility through the NRF's publications, website, newsletter articles and media releases. Groups such as the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, Cedar Grove Ornithological Research Station, Friends of Kohler-Andréa, Friends of Wyalusing and Friends of Pike Lake have created similar endowed funds with the NRF.
Contributions are tax-deductible and can be made by sending a check to the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, Attn: Cedarburg Bog Stewardship Fund, P.O. Box 2317, Madison, WI 53701 or by donating online at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/Wisconservation
Friends of the Bog who wish to help support and protect it for future generations are urged to consider leaving a legacy gift by including the Cedarburg Bog Stewardship Fund in their estate planning. To make such a bequest, simply incorporate the following language in your plans:
"I give [describe the gift] to the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin [federal tax id # 39-1572034], a nonprofit corporation organized and existing under the laws of Wisconsin and with a principal mailing address of P.O. Box 2317, Madison, WI 53701. This gift shall be designated to the Cedarburg Bog Stewardship Fund."