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St Croix River Association To Protect, Restore, and Celebrate the St. Croix River and its Watershed

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It took an incredible partnership to create the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, the first wild and scenic national park. It will take everyone to be sure that our communities can benefit from clean water and healthy natural environments; so that everyone can come here, year after year, generation after generation, to swim, paddle, fish, camp, explore, slow down.

The St. Croix River Association is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Donate Now.

If you’d like to mail a gift, please click here for our mail-in donation form.

There are many ways to donate to help protect the Riverway. Whether an annual membership or a bequest, your donation in any amount is maximized for the greatest benefit.

Ways to Give

  • Employer Matching Gifts

    Double or triple your gift with a matching gift from your employer

  • Gift of Stock

    Avoid capital gains tax and take full market value charitable tax deduction.

  • Planned Giving

    Make St Croix River Association a beneficiary of your trust, retirement account or life insurance policy.

  • Memorial or Honorarium

    Donate as a gift or in honor of someone

Employer Matching Gifts

You can double — or even triple — the impact of your donation to the St. Croix River Association with a matching gift from your employer. Employer matching gifts are a simple way to maximize your donation to the SCRA.

Matching your donation is easy! Just contact your human resources or business office to see if they do employer match and to find out what information you will need. Most often, there is a brief form to fill out, requiring our tax identification number. That number is 26-3025933. The St. Croix River Association is a 501(c)3 non profit.

If you have any questions, please contact us using the form below or call 715-483-3300.

Gift of Stock

The St. Croix River Association accepts gifts of appreciated stock, which we sell immediately in order to support our work. You can avoid capital gains tax and are entitled to a full fair market value charitable tax deduction.

In accordance with IRS regulations, you will receive an acknowledgement for tax purposes listing the number of shares donated and the value of the stock as of the date the shares are received in our account.

Stock donations may offer significant tax benefits to you as a donor. We recommend that you consult a tax professional for specific advice about your situation.

The St. Croix River Association is a 501(c)3 non profit.

Below is the information you’ll need to provide your broker to give a gift of stock to the SCRA:
Name: The RiverGroup
Account Name: St. Croix River Association
Account Number: 22342029
Depository Trust Company Number, a/k/a DTC: 0725
Broker: Jon Jacobson, Financial Advisor, RJFS
Direct: 715.483.2332; Fax: 715.483.9787
Email: JJacobson[at]therivergroup.com

Make a gift in honor or memory of someone special

Consider a donation to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, wedding or graduation. You may also honor the lifetime and achievements of a family member or friend with a gift made in their memory.

With a minimum donation amount of $10.00 to the St. Croix River Association, we will mail a card for honor or memorial gifts, noting that a contribution has been made.

You can download and print the honorarium gift form to send in by mail, or make your honorarium online now.

Planned giving

What is your legacy?

Thank you for considering a long-term legacy gift with the St. Croix River Association. We welcome your interest in learning more about our gift planning. As a 501(c)3 non profit, our long-term ability to protect and conserve our treasured wild and scenic river depends on the financial reinforcement provided by bequests and other life-income gifts.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact SCRA at info@scramail.com, or by phone at 715-483-3300 (office).

If you have included SCRA in your estate plans, please let us know using the form below.

Do you want to make the St. Croix River Association a beneficiary of your will, trust, retirement account plan or life insurance policy? Below are two examples of sample language you can use. Our legal name is “St. Croix River Association” and our federal tax ID number is 26-3025933.

Download and print the Planned Giving Declaration of Intent Form

Sample bequest language for an unrestricted gift:

I give _____ [the sum, percentage, or description of property] to the St. Croix River Association, St. Croix Falls, WI, to be used for its general tax-exempt purposes, but without other restriction as to use.

Sample bequest language for a restricted gift:

I give _____ [the sum, percentage, or description of property] to the St. Croix River Association, St. Croix Falls, WI to be [used to support _____________ ].

 

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact SCRA at info@scramail.com, or by phone at 715.483.3300 (office). You can also contact us using the form below.

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Watershed Protection Fund

The St. Croix Watershed Protection Fund: Ensuring the Future of the Riverway

October 2, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act. From this Act, the St. Croix and the Namekagon rivers became the country’s first wild and scenic river national park—and the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway was born. The St. Croix River Association is the official non-profit partner of the Riverway.

At this pivotal time in history, we are launching the St. Croix Watershed Protection Fund – a $1 million opportunity fund to ensure the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway remains an ecological, cultural, and community treasure for the next 50 years, and for as long as the river flows.

The Vision

The St. Croix Fund vision is to create a thriving watershed, forever accessible, wild and scenic. It took extraordinary visionaries to create this national park. Today, we are charged with building on this legacy and moving boldly forward to ensure the park is protected and preserved forever.

To help make this vision a reality, the Board of Directors has created the St. Croix Watershed Protection Fund. This Fund will ensure SCRA can respond to the increasing needs and threats of the watershed and address critical problems and issues as they emerge.

Challenges facing the Riverway and Watershed

It will take people to protect the Riverway. The changes in demographics, people spending less time outdoors than ever before, and the aging of our Riverway champions leave the Riverway vulnerable. Recruiting new Riverway stewards is vital to success. As we look to the next 50 years, the challenges and threats facing the watershed are substantial.

  • Diminished water quality from increased farmland and urban pollution runoff
  • Loss of forest and grasslands, and habitat fragmentation from development pressures
  • Encroachment of invasive species displacing native plants and animals
  • Intensified challenges to the protections provided through the wild and scenic laws, statutes and rules
  • Destructive impacts from climate change to the Riverway and watershed

The St. Croix Watershed Protection Fund

The St. Croix Watershed Protection Fund is an opportunity fund created to ensure that we have the resources to protect and preserve this national park forever. This Fund will allow SCRA to:

  • Respond quickly to emerging threats and opportunities.
  • Create new or adapt current programs and partnerships to meet evolving conditions.
  • Think ahead and be proactive in our management, delivering on our promise for lasting watershed protection.
  • Ensure our impact and long‐term relevance, strengthening donor confidence.

Ways that this Fund would be used include:

Secure land that has high scenic or ecological value or provide river access through acquisition or easements.  

  • Opportunity to purchase property to guarantee against a river-harmful project
  • Matching funds for a projects such as a solar panel property on the Totogatic River in Wisconsin to either make the purchase or as a stop gap measure

Take action to defend wild and scenic protections or other threats through grassroots campaigns, legal action, and other means.

  • Worked to stop a wedding venue project on the St. Croix in Somerset
  • Legal costs associated with the Murr Supreme Court case in Hudson

React quickly to emerging threats to water quality or invasive species through pilot projects or expanded programs:  

  • Purchase a sound barrier to protect against invasive carp
  • Secure special nets used in tagging invasive carp

Seize opportunities to maximize program impacts:

  • Expand the River Are Alive educational program for teachers and students to serve the growing demand
  • Serve more communities in the Northwoods through My St. Croix Woods

Our Unique Position to Address Emerging Threats

SCRA is uniquely positioned to meet the emerging needs of the Riverway and watershed.  Over the past eight years, SCRA has grown from a budget of $25,000 to over $1 million. Today, we have a staff of eleven professionals, which is augmented with 12 interns and seasonal employees during the year, and a 21-member Board of Directors comprised of civic and business leaders from Minnesota and Wisconsin. On the programmatic side, we have had growth and expansion in all four program areas—water quality, education, invasive species and land conservation.

SCRA is the only organization focused on the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway and its watershed. We address the entire system from a global view of the challenges. Given our size, we can act quickly to emerging threats and can move fast to convene partners, act, and solve problems.

Now is the Time for Bold Action

The needs of the watershed are urgent, real and will continue to increase with federal and state funding challenges and climate change. This beautiful Riverway has been here for eons. It is easy to take it for granted that it will always be here—and ready to serve the needs of future generations as it has in the past.

The promise of the Protection Fund is that SCRA will have the resources to be proactive, respond quickly to emerging threats, and continue to have an impact throughout the Riverway and watershed on a long-term basis to meet the challenges that future decades hold.

Background

St. Croix River Association (SCRA) was founded in 1911 by civic leaders who recognized the need to steward the St. Croix River and its watershed. For the first 98 years of its history, SCRA efforts focused on river cleanups, river protection campaigns, and informational meetings led by volunteers. In 2009, SCRA hired their first staff and expanded stewardship efforts to address the growing threats to water quality and habitat.

In 2011, SCRA became the Friends Group for the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, comprised of the St. Croix and the Namekagon rivers. Over the past eight years, SCRA has worked deliberately to target and prioritize conservation efforts which result in the greatest pollution reduction, land protection, and stewardship growth. SCRA has become the “go-to” group for addressing issues that affect the St. Croix.