Birkie Legacy Funds

The Foundation for the Endowment of the American Birkebeiner (FEAB) has a variety of legacy funds designed to fuel the future of the American Birkebeiner.  If you would like to learn more about starting your own Legacy Fund to ensure the Birkie for generations to come, please contact Ben Popp, at 715-634-5025 or

The Pierce & Lampman Birkie Trail Fund

One of the core pillars of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation’s mission is to act as good stewards of the iconic American Birkebeiner “Birkie” Trail.  We take our mission very seriously.

The Birkebeiner Trail is at the heart of ABSF events and provides a venue for all to live an active outdoor lifestyle. Preserving and maintaining the Trail is key to the future success of the Birkie and other ABSF events.

The Birkie crew spends and estimated 1600 hours grooming and maintaining the Trail system each year.  While annual Trail maintenance costs can vary depending on the weather, the ABSF spends an estimated $391,000 to maintain this amazing recreational resource annually.  Maintenance costs include brushing, mowing, erosion control, clearing rocks, lighting, signage, and plowing, plus the equipment and tools required to maintain the Trail system.

Longtime Birkie participants, Richard Pierce and Sandy Lampman, recognize the importance of the American Birkebeiner Trail and generously donated the lead gift to seed the Pierce & Lampman Trail Fund.  They believe the Birkie Trail is integral to the continued success of the Birkie, and we wouldn’t agree more.

If you’re interested in supporting the Pierce & Lampman Trail Fund, please contact

“We are honored to establish the Pierce Lampman Trail Fund to kick off the Year of the Trail.  Since 1984 the Birkebeiner has been an important part of our lives, experiencing first-hand how the continued evolution of the trail system has benefited all levels of classic and skate skiers, volunteers and spectators.  We encourage others who have shared in the Birkie experience to help ensure the Birkie trails meet future needs of cross-country skiers and other silent sport enthusiasts into perpetuity. Please join us in supporting the Year of the Trail.”

– Richard Pierce & Sandy Lampman

Bidwell Engebretson Tusen Takk Volunteer Fund

Engebretsen-BidwellIn Norwegian, Tusen Takk means “a thousand thanks,” and if there was ever a group for whom we should all give thanks it is our dedicated Birkie volunteers. Without their energy and commitment there simply couldn’t be the year-round slate of Birkie events for all to enjoy. Last year 3894 Birkie volunteers worked to make our events successful. Tusen Takk!

This is an opportunity for all Birkie participants to celebrate the ABSF’s volunteers by supporting the Bidwell Engebretson Tusen Takk Volunteer Fund. Managed by the Foundation for the Endowment of the American Birkebeiner, the income from the this fund will endow the future of the ABSF’s volunteer program for years to come. From bibs, jackets, and volunteer participant gifts, to appreciation celebrations, recruitment & retention programs, as well as communication tools and training, the goal is to endow all volunteer related expenses in the future by means of the Bidwell Engebretson Tusen Takk Volunteer Fund.

Jane Bidwell and Marcia Engebretson, long-time Birkie participants and volunteers themselves, graciously donated funds to seed and create the Tusen Takk Volunteer Fund. Bidwell and Engebretson believe volunteers are the most important element in the Birkie’s success. We couldn’t agree more.

Donors who want to support a well-recognized and long-standing need are encouraged to donate to the Tusen Takk Volunteer Fund and support Birkie volunteers both now and in the future.

Donors making a gift of $1,000 or more will also become de facto members of the Birkie Legacy Circle of the Endowment. All Birkie Legacy Circle members wear race day bibs with the distinctive gold Birkie Legacy Circle shield logo.

“We feel so fortunate to be able to help kick off the Tusen Takk Volunteer Fund. Having skied 65 Birkebeiners between us, and almost as many years as Birkie volunteers, this Fund has great meaning for us. We are grateful and indebted to all the selfless volunteers, who over the years have worked outside in some pretty awful weather, and behind the scenes to take care of all our Birkie “needs”. The volunteers are truly the lifeblood of the organization. The Birkie simply would not happen without VOLUNTEERS!”

Tusen Takk!
Jane and Marcia