Planned Giving Legacy Circle

There are a limited number of ways to make an impact that lasts beyond a lifetime.
Protecting land is one of those ways.

Since 1974, the vision of the Cedar Lakes Conservation Foundation (CLCF) has been to sustain the natural beauty, clean water and biodiversity of the Cedar Lakes region.  CLCF has helped to protect over 2,500 acres of land.  With a legacy gift, you can help to preserve the lakes and lands you love for generations to come.  Please consider becoming part of a very special group of land conservation supporters by making a planned gift to CLCF.  By doing so, you will be joining CLCF’s Legacy Circle.

The Bequest Challenge – A $20,000 Match
Two anonymous couples have each pledged $10,000 to CLCF’s 2022 Legacy Circle Bequest matching challenge.  For every family or individual who joins CLCF’s Legacy Circle and completes a non-binding Bequest Challenge Notice of Intent, they will release $1,000 up to a total of $20,000 to CLCF.   If you would like to participate in CLCF’s Legacy Circle, please fill out and return CLCF’s Notice of Intent Form.  Click here to download CLCF’s Legacy Circle Notice of Intent.

Join these CLCF Legacy Circle Donors

CLCF supporters, Mary and John Emory,  have included CLCF as an IRA beneficiary.  According to Mary, “Leaving a percentage of our IRA to CLCF is an easy way to continue our longtime support for this important organization.


Bev and Jeff Kenkel have also been involved with CLCF for many years with Jeff having served on the Board and as Executive Director following Goeff Maclay’s retirement.  Jeff’s parents, John and Jean Schumann  donated conservation easements to CLCF covering 114 acres of land between 2000 AND 2007.  Jeff’s grandparents, Morris and Gladys Rosenheimer bought several acres of land adjacent to their home on Big Cedar Lake which was donated to CLCF in 1991.  Bev and Jeff are continuing the family conservation legacy by designating CLCF as a beneficiary of their trust.


Denise Goergen, CLCF Vice-President

I’ve been fortunate to spend 26 years on Big Cedar Lake, nurturing my children’s love of the outdoors. Getting involved as a volunteer for CLCF, now as its Board President, was a natural progression: I love this land and its rich rural heritage. Investing in the land through CLCF’s Legacy Circle was another natural progression. I was able to plan today to give tomorrow. It was easy to join CLCF’s Legacy Circle. I merely designated CLCF as a beneficiary of my 401(k) plan. It took me less than five minutes to leave a legacy! Please join me in making a Legacy Circle gift. You too can designate CLCF as a beneficiary of your 401(k), IRA, or life insurance policy. Or, as they say, where there’s a will there’s a way! Include a bequest provision for CLCF in your will or estate plan.

Teri and Rich Czarnecki have been supporters of CLCF since 2001.
since 2001. At that time, they began their history of volunteering to help establish the newly planted prairie at the Fox Hill Nature Preserve by doing monthly maintenance.Their dedication to stewardship has continued through annual contributions to CLCF and active support of Stew Crew events focused on regular maintenance of CLCF’s properties. According to Rich, “Our support of and recreation on CLCF properties over the years led us to reflect on how much we have enjoyed the natural areas around Big Cedar Lake and how we could assist in conserving them for future generations. One way we felt we could ensure the legacy of these lands and waterways was to list CLCF as a beneficiary in our trust.” CLCF is grateful to Teri and Rich for all they do to help preserve the natural beauty, clean water, and biodiversity of the Cedar Lakes region for generations to come.

Ways to Give:

  • Gift from a Will, Trust or Residuary Estate by including CLCF in your will or trust.
  • Gift from a Retirement Plan or IRA by designating CLCF as a retirement account beneficiary.
  • Gift of Life Insurance by designating CLCF as a life insurance beneficiary.
  • Gift of Real Estate by designating CLCF as a beneficiary of real estate.
  • Gift from a Charitable Trust allowing you to receive income during you lifetime with CLCF designated as the beneficiary or the reverse.
  • Gift from a Bank or Brokerage by designating CLCF as a beneficiary of a bank or brokerage account.

Thank you for considering including CLCF in your estate planning. If you have any additional questions, please call Linda Mutschler at (414) 614-5084 or send an e-mail to lmutschler@theclcf.org.