Endowed Funds

The following endowed funds have been established to support the mission of Mississippi Valley Conservancy. We would be happy to share with you details of the funds and how they are managed.

Donations to these funds may be made online though our donations page. You are also welcome to contact Carol Abrahamzon at 608-784-3606 ext. 4 or by email for more information about the funds and ways to donate.


Our Children’s Natural Heritage Fund

25 years ago, we committed to “Protect Forever” the very special bluffs, prairies, forests, rivers, and farmland of the Driftless Area. To help ensure fulfillment of this promise, we have embarked on a $3 million endowment campaign. To date, we have raised more than $2 million. 

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The Nick & Yonok Zeller Fund

Inspired by the conservation legacy of Winona’s John Latsch, Nick & Yonok Zeller established this endowment fund to provide a ready and available resource for the purchase of land. 


Stewardship Donation Assistance Fund

This fund is available to help landowners with thestewardship donation, which covers some of the expenses involved in creating and maintaining a conservation easement and can be cost-prohibitive for some landowners. 


Land Stewardship Intern Field Crew

This fund supports a summer intern field crew that learns and uses best practices in habitat restoration on the lands we protect for public education and recreation, while developing their careers in conservation.


Barb Hammes Stewardship Fund for Driftless Area Lands

Inspired by the life and legacy of his late wife Barb, Bud Hammes established this fund to support the habitat restoration and trail projects on lands owned by the Conservancy for public recreation, education, scenic beauty, and community well-being. 

wildflowers at Plum Creek Conserv Area

Plum Creek Conservation Area Restoration Endowment

This fund is dedicated to the planning and restoration activities to achieve conservation goals for the Plum Creek Conservation Area that include healthy habitats, water quality protection, and resilience to climate change.