The Wetlands Institute is pleased to announce our 50th Anniversary Endowment Campaign to raise $3.5 million. Our 50th Anniversary is an ideal moment in our history to seek endowment support, and building our endowment is the most important investment we can make. Staying true to our mission, we will invest in the people and programs that define The Wetlands Institute and our future. As we advance our work in environmental research, conservation and education, the establishment of a healthy endowment provides stability and certainty in uncertain times, ensuring that resource allocation continues to be strategic. We are pleased to announce that we have received pledges of $2.88 million as of the middle of May.

With a gift to the endowment, you can create a personal legacy and permanently support everything you value and appreciate about The Wetlands Institute. A healthy, unrestricted endowment means we can be flexible and responsive, and ensures that our mission – rather than external forces – influences our decision-making. Endowed program support allows The Wetlands Institute to grow core programs and plan for their inclusion in our resource allocations in perpetuity. Gifts of appreciated stocks and pledges over a 3-5 year period are excellent ways to invest in The Wetlands Institute.

Endowment gifts are invested and provide The Wetlands Institute a permanent source of income. They are gifts that grow over time. Each year, a portion of earned income is used to support programs. Over time, investment returns increase the value of the endowment, so that the impact of each donor’s gift will continue to grow. With gifts to The Wetlands Institute’s endowment fund, donors create a legacy that will sustain forever the initiatives they wish to support.

Will you make a gift that has impact now and forever? Contact Lenore Tedesco ( or 609.368.1212) to learn more about how you can be part of The Wetlands Institute legacy.

50th Anniversary Endowment Campaign Honor Roll
The Wetlands Institute thanks these supporters who are helping ensure our future by pledging gifts to the Endowment Campaign.

VISIONARIES $500,000 and Up
Barbara and Jim Summers

LUMINARIES $250,000-$499,999
Estate of Jane Dent
The Larry L. Luing Family Foundation
Sam and JoAnn Thomas
The Wermuth Family

LEADERS $100,000-$249,999
Todd and Cindy Leff
Mary Millar
Marjorie Moretzsohn
Hank and Julie Schellenger
Jennifer (Jacobs) Zeigler

CHAMPIONS $50,000-$99,999
Ray and Ellen Burke
Bert DeVries 
Jim Donohue and Carol Mager
Anne Galli
Lois and Barry Hamilton
Rosemary and Bill Hankowsky

Michael and Deborah Hays 
Kevin and Trisha Luing
Julian and Betsy Miraglia
Jane Rakestraw
Craig and Donna Rothman
Gay Schellenger

INNOVATORS $25,000-$49,999
Jeffrey H. and Lee Alderton
Wayne and Kay Renneisen
Philip and Amy Welsh

Reflects pledges of $25,000 or more received through June 19, 2019. Many thanks to all who have contributed to the Endowment Campaign.

John and Muriel Cuthbert
John Flynn and Kathe Hocevar 
Anne Galli
Michael and Deborah Hays

*These Legacy Society members participated in our Endowment Campaign by including The Wetlands Institute in their estate plans. We gratefully recognize these future gifts to the Endowment.