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Walking through the prairie at Trewartha Bobolink Hill Farm. Photo credit: Nathan Ortiz

Join Jim. Create a Legacy.

Legacy Circle Campaign

Include Groundswell Conservancy in your will or estate plans and a donation of $1,000 will be made to Groundswell in your honor — right now.

Jim Welsh, Groundswell’s former executive director, led Groundswell for the past 18 years (2003 – 2022), AND he also made a lasting commitment to local conservation by including Groundswell in his will. The Groundswell Legacy Circle Campaign gives you the opportunity to honor Jim and join him in protecting special places. If you take part in this campaign by including Groundswell in your will or estate plans and notifying us of your plans, one of our generous sponsors listed below will donate $1,000 to Groundswell in your honor — right now. And you may choose how that money will be spent, from these 3 options:

  • Land acquisition
  • Annual fund

You’ll also be joining Jim, the generous sponsors, and others as Groundswell Legacy Circle members. Legacy gifts ensure that Groundswell protects special places forever. For example, in 2018 we received a bequest from Marie Fraser. Her gift helped us purchase an addition to Ferry Bluff State Natural Area, wetlands along Six-Mile Creek that flow into Lake Mendota, and another piece of the conservation landscape in Black Earth Creek valley. Join Marie and Jim by leaving a legacy of preserved land.

Our goal is to have 20 people make a new legacy commitment through this campaign. As of 2023, 19 people have responded to this campaign, becoming new Legacy Circle members.

Want to take part in or know more about the Legacy Circle Campaign? Contact Heidi Habeger at or call (608) 258-9797.

If you’ve already included Groundswell in your estate plans, but have not yet notified us, we hope you will share your plans. Please use our Legacy form to share with us the intentions of your gift. 

Groundswell Legacy Circle Campaign Sponsors
Pat Arndorfer
Norm & Carol Aulabaugh
Judy & Ed Borke
Dana & Pat Chabot
Lloyd & Pat Eagan
Julie Hayward
Beth Kubly
Nancy McGill
Stef Moritz & Vince Jenkins
Jim & Rumi O’Brien
John & Dorothy Priske