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. 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 gift of $1000 or more to the endowment, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, qualifies one for membership in the Birkie Legacy Circle. Donors may make a gift in their own name or in honor of someone else.
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 of cash, stock or property. 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.
Two Types of 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. Two Legacy Funds have been established:
- Bidwell & Engebretson Tusen Takk Volunteer Support Legacy Fund
- Richard Pierce (Torstein) & Sandy Lampman Trail Support Legacy Fund
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.
This is the general-purpose fund used to address the Birkie’s greatest needs. The Endowment will allocate distributions from the Priority Fund at its discretion. Funds will be used solely for the benefit of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation.
Birkie Legacy Circle Recognition and Honoring
Birkie Legacy Circle members are presented with a personalized certificate, and a distinctive gold “Birkie Legacy Circle” crest on their race day bib. There are special events and receptions for Birkie Legacy Circle members only, every year.
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 Audun Mikkelson, Development Director 907-433-9265 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Birkie Legacy Circle Members!
Bill & Jane Butsic Family
Dr. Charles Schleevogt & Linda Adams
Cummisford Families: Jeff & Kevin
The Dahl & Brubaker Family
Dale & Wendy Brott
Dan & Jodi Hope Anderson
Fred & Sue Scheer
Gregg & Shari Hietpas
Jim Coors & Ann Pollock
Jim & Jean Gantz
Jim Michler aka jimmycuba
John Garrett & Colleen Graham
John & Kine Torinus
John & Leslie Taylor
Jon & Sue Derksen Family
Karen Ann Roesler
Kay Hoida Dawson Family
Leslie A. Johnson
Madison Nordic Ski Club
Dr. Mark & Barbara Sharon
Dr. Marnie Pearsall & Marmutt
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
Rich Pierce & Sandy Lampman
Richard & Corinne Zabinski
Steve & Jyneen Thatcher
Steve Gordon & Pat Gavan Gordon
Toby & Dorothy Markowitz
Willie & Marilyn Gorham