Birkie Legacy Circle Bib

Join the Birkie Legacy Circle!

Leave a legacy by contributing to the Foundation for the Endowment of the American Birkebeiner

Foundation for the Endowment of the American Birkebeiner

The Birkie Legacy Circle is an important program that recognizes all individuals who contribute to the Foundation for the Endowment of the American Birkebeiner. The Endowment is a crucial part of how the Birkie organization is funded and provides a stable, permanent source of income.

Endowed funds are invested over the long-term and earnings are used to support the Birkie’s greatest needs now and in the future.

Donors who contribute to the Foundation for the Endowment of the American Birkebeiner are members of The Birkie Legacy Circle. Any outright gift of $1,000 or more, or planned gift to the endowment, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, qualifies one for the Birkie Legacy Circle. Donors may make a gift in their own name or in honor of someone else. Legacy Circle Donors who are registered for the Birkie, Korte, Prince Haakon or Open Track will receive a gold Legacy Circle sticker on their bib.

Types of Legacy Circle Endowment Gifts

Endowment gifts include: planned gifts such as a bequest in a will, charitable remainder trust, or outright gifts, such as cash, stock, property, or an IRA required minimum distribution (RMD). Use our Statement of Donor Intent form to let us know how you have included the American Birkebeiner in your estate plan.

A permanent and lasting way for you to support the Birkebeiner’s mission forever, is to contribute to its endowment.

Birkie Endowment Funds to Give to:

Endowment donors who want to support well-recognized and long-standing Birkie needs should donate to a Legacy Fund. Five Legacy Funds have been established:

Or, Endowment donors may want to consider starting their own Legacy Fund. Examples include:

  • Recognition of those who have made lasting contributions to the Birkebeiner
  • Support of youth groups for travel, training, equipment
  • Capital equipment upgrades
  • Snow grooming equipment

The Endowment will help design the structure of a Legacy Fund to best fit its overlying purpose.
A minimum donation of $25,000 is needed to establish a Legacy Fund.

After a Legacy Fund is established, additional contributions of any amount are accepted from the larger community of Birkebeiner supporters.

Make a Gift Today

Consider leaving a legacy for yourself or to remember an individual, with an endowment gift to the Birkie, and support the Foundation for the Endowment of the American Birkebeiner forever!

For more information or help in creating an endowment gift, please contact:

Louise Droessler
Development Director

Ben Popp
Executive Director

Birkie Legacy Circle Members!

Allison Slavick

Bill & Jane Butsic Family

Butterfield Well Drilling

Carol Fitzgerald

Carolyn Senty

Dr. Charles Schleevogt & Linda Adams

Cummisford Families: Jeff & Kevin

The Dahl & Brubaker Family

Dale & Wendy Brott

Dan & Jodi Hope Anderson

Dave Eckel

David Gilmer

Dave & Judy Jensen

Duncan & Karen McLean

Eric Eben

Faye Bidwell

Fred & Sue Scheer

George Rounds

Gregg & Shari Hietpas

Gustaf & Julie Virkus

James Mullen

James Pearson

Jane Bidwell

Jennifer Krohn

Jim Coors & Ann Pollock

Jim & Jean Gantz

Jim Michler aka jimmycuba

James Ryan

Jimmy VandenBrook

Joe & Cheri Hoida Family

Joey Widmer

John Fitzgerald

John Garrett & Colleen Graham

John & Kine Torinus

John & Leslie Taylor

Jon & Sue Derksen Family

Jonathan Patz

Karen Ann Roesler

Kay Hoida Dawson Family

Kurt & Julie Schroeder

Leslie A. Johnson

Lori Steinbach

Madison Nordic Ski Club

Marcia Engebretson

Mark Hooley

Mark Pilney

Dr. Mark & Barbara Sharon

Dr. Marnie Pearsall & Marmutt

Melissa Putzer

Nancy Bauer

Nathan & Holly Van Zeeland Family

Pam & Craig Heilman

Pat & Kay Meyer

Pat & Sue Quinn

Patrick & Shelley Duffy Family

Patrick Warpinski & Collette LaRue

Ralph Hansen Hendrix

Richard & Peggy Perry

Richard Pierce & Sandy Lampman

Richard & Corinne Zabinski

Rick Gering

Sean Gavigan

Steve & Jyneen Thatcher

Steve Gordon & Pat Gavan Gordon

Ted  & Tracy May

Timothy Nelson

Timothy Seline

Toby & Dorothy Markowitz

Tom & Judy Rowley

Tom Koss

Tom & Sue Kintzinger

Tony Wiederkehr

Willie & Marilyn Gorham