Friends of Dane County Parks Endowment

What is an Endowment Fund?

An endowment is a permanent, self-sustaining source of funding. Assets are invested with a portion of the value of the fund made available each year to support the fund’s purpose. Earnings in excess of this distribution are used to build the fund’s market value. In this way, an endowment fund can grow and provide support for it’s designated purpose in perpetuity. 

The Friends of Dane County Parks Endowment:

  • Created to provide a permanent perpetual source of revenue and sustaining support to the Dane County Parks Friends groups and over 4,000 volunteer stewards of our county’s most precious natural resources.
  • Endowment funds are designed to support special projects and programs, educational opportunities, interpretation and volunteerism to a growing and diverse population.
  • The endowment is held and managed by the Madison Community Foundation, a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) public charity.
  • Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

The Dane County Parks System:

  • Draws over 2.5 million visitors annually.
  • Manages more than 12,000 acres of land with 25 recreation parks, 29 natural resource areas, wildlife areas, cultural and historical sites, forests, trails, and the Lussier Family Heritage Center.
  • Offers  over 100 miles of trails including bicycle, equestrian and cross-country ski trails. 
  • Protects and improves water quality and provides recreational access to our waters.
  • Supports area businesses by attracting visitors, supporting hundreds of events each year and working with local communities.

Learn more about the many other tax-deductible Donation and Memorial Opportunities that help to maintain and improve the Dane County Park System. 

Tax-deductible contributions can be made by sending a check to:

Friends of Dane County Parks Endowment
5201 Fen Oak Drive, Room 208
Madison, WI 53718

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Thank you to our generous sponsors for your ongoing support!
Your generous donation helps assure that our parks, trails and most precious natural resources are cared for and protected both today and for future generations. Please consider joining those in our community who support the long legacy and stewardship of our land with a tax-deductible gift today.

Dane County Conservation League
Livable Communities by Don Tierney
American Transmission Company
Friends of McCarthy County Park
Bill Lunney and Judie Pfeifer
Dan Wisniewski
Jim and Sharel Hubing
Lon and Susan Sprecher
Natural Heritage Land Trust
Madison Gas & Electric Foundation
Anne and Tim Connor
Wolf Pack Adventures
Cuna Mutual Foundation
Barnes, Inc.
SVA Plumb Financial
Madison Fishing Expo
Tom and Kim Thoresen
Darren and Dawn Marsh
Pam and Andy Lewis
Bruce and Liz Murray
Heckmann Financial
Don Ferber
Caryl and Bob Terrell
Brad and Kelly Mullins
Mike and Linda Slavney
Dr. Tim Turino; Madison Chiropractic
Dean Health Plan
Dan and Kellie Miller 
Boardman and Clark, LLP
Cambridge Foundation
Matt and Clare Carlson