Carpenter Nature Center protects 725 acres of natural and restored habitat and provides outdoor recreational and educational opportunities for more than 30,000 visitors each year. CNC charges only a small program fee to ensure access for everyone. We rely on our volunteers, along with individual and corporate friends and donors to stay open 361 days each year.

As a private, non-profit organization, Carpenter Nature Center heavily relies on donations from generous supporters. Your financial contribution helps keep our trails open and available to the public, allows us to continue our education and habitat work, and supports the physical and mental health of the community.

Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, and our E.I.N. # is 23-7275337. Our full legal name is the Thomas E. & Edna D. Carpenter Foundation.

Additional Ways to Give

Appreciated stocks may offer you substantial tax advantages. Contribute securities that have increased in value and avoid capital gains tax that is incurred when you sell appreciated assets. You’ll also get a charitable tax deduction for the full market value of the assets, regardless of what you paid for them.

ATTENTION ANDERSEN RETIREES— To help make charitable donations of Andersen shares convenient and cost effective for shareholders, Andersen has established a relationship with the St. Croix Valley Foundation (SCVF). Under this program, you can make unrestricted gifts of your shares to the SCVF, or you can use your shares to set up a Donor Advised Fund with the SCVF. A donor-advised fund allows you to recommend how the SCVF will use the proceeds of your donation in the future. Click here for more information about this partnership.

The IRA Charitable Rollover allows individuals age 70.5 or older to transfer up to $100,000 per year directly from their IRA        accounts to qualified charities without incurring federal income tax on the withdrawal. The direct transfer to charity also satisfies your required minimum distribution. Please consult your financial advisor to find out how this would work for you.

NOT YET REACHED 70.5 YEARS OF AGE?—No problem. You can structure your annual gifts to be distributed in small amounts initially and schedule the bulk of your gift for when you reach the qualifying age.

Many corporations partner with organizations like the United Way to offer their employees the option to make donations through planned payroll deductions. If your workplace offers such a giving program, you may have the option to channel your funds to Carpenter Nature Center. Contact your employer for more information.

In order to encourage philanthropic giving by their employees and retirees, many corporations offer to match gifts made to  charitable organization. Contact your employers to see if your gift to Carpenter Nature Center can be matched.

If you have a Donor Advised Fund established with an organization such as the St. Croix Valley Foundation, you may have the  option to channel donations to Carpenter Nature Center. Contact the administrative organization associated with your Donor Advised Fund to learn more.

Carpenter Nature Center, in partnership with the St. Croix Valley Foundation, can help you arrange to donate in other ways such as bonds, treasury notes, mutual funds, property, and planned giving.

Carpenter Nature Center respects the privacy of its donors and does not disclose, sell, or exchange donor information to or with any person or any other entity unless required by law. We will, however, list donor names in the recognition rolls of the annual report and in a limited number of our other publications, unless a donor has chosen to make a gift anonymously.

Check out these great videos from our 2021 and 2022 year-end fundraising campaigns!