Funding conservation, education and outdoor recreation across the League
The Izaak Walton League of America Endowment was established to provide financial support for the implementation of the mission of the Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA). The IWLA was founded in 1922 to conserve, protect and restore the country's land and waters. Before long, the IWLA saw a need to protect wild lands from development. The members realized this called for a supplementary funding source to support this policy.
To meet that need, the Endowment was established in 1943 as a separate non-profit organization. At first, the Endowment used donations to buy and hold land for transfer to the U.S. Forest Service. For example, the Endowment helped buy land to prevent development that threatened the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota. Through the years, these efforts expanded to include land purchases and transfers in other places around the country. In the late 1960s, the Endowment shifted its focus away from land purchases and started awarding grants to fund IWLA conservation-related projects.
Every member of the IWLA is a member of the Endowment. However, we receive none of our funds from League dues. We rely entirely on donations and revenues from our investments to fund the annual grants. You can find examples of these grants in the Recent Grants section of this website.
Board Of Directors
Members of the Board of Directors are elected to the positions and serve a 3 year term
Examples of Recent Grants
Apply for a Grant
Are you a member of the Izaak Walton League of America? Do you have a great idea for a conservation, outdoor recreation, or education project? Do you need funding to bring your idea to life?
We are here to help! The Endowment’s goal is to help our members carry out projects that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. Each year, our Board awards dozens of grants to chapters, divisions, and national IWLA programs. Grants range from $1,000 to $25,000 and cover everything from youth activities to wetland restoration.
We know that many of you have never applied for a grant before, but don’t worry! We make the process easy for you. Our application form is short and easy to understand. In addition, Endowment Board members are ready to answer your questions and help you through the process.
Are you ready to get started?
As a member of the IWLA, you are part of a longstanding nationwide movement to conserve, protect and restore our land and water. Our “greatest hits” include the Upper Mississippi Fish and Wildlife Refuge, the Boundary Waters, the federal duck stamp program, Save Our Streams, and many others.
The Endowment was founded by IWLA members to support programs like these, but we are a separate organization and we receive none of your dues money. Donations to the Endowment are invested, managed, and used for the long-term benefit of the League.
Contact the Endowment
To Contact the Endowment
Please contact the Endowment through the Executive Secretary George Guyant.
10598 Hotvedt Road
Amherst Junction, WI 54407-9073