Contact(s): Drew Feldkirchner, DNR Natural Heritage Conservation, 608-235-3905
February 12, 2019
MADISON - Wisconsinites have an easy, private and important way to help endangered species in their home state: donate to the Endangered Resources Fund on their Wisconsin income tax form.
"Every donation is matched by the state, doubling donors' impact for endangered species; such contributions have helped restore bald eagles, trumpeter swans and other species while keeping many of Wisconsin's rarest species from disappearing," says Drew Feldkirchner, who leads the DNR Natural Heritage Conservation staff charged with caring for endangered species and State Natural Areas.
"We thank everyone who has donated to the Endangered Resources Fund in past years, and encourage you to donate again in 2019, so we can help other species in need - a gift of any amount is doubled and can make a big difference for endangered species."
To donate, look for the donation section on your Wisconsin income tax form (or tax preparation software) and fill in a dollar amount. The line differs on different tax forms; for example, the donation section is found on line 35 of Form 1. If you are working with a tax professional, make sure to let them know you want to donate to the Endangered Resources Fund.
Competitive grants and private contributions, including through tax return donations, are responsible for about 20 percent of the annual funding for Wisconsin's endangered species conservation.
Contributions to the Endangered Resources Fund help pay for things like:
Feldkirchner invites people to find out about recent efforts and successes in the latest "Field Notes" which highlights some of the program's work last year and to sign up for periodic email or text updates on endangered species news.
Wisconsin taxpayers who already filed for 2018 can still donate online or by mail. To donate or learn about other ways to help endangered species, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keyword "ER."