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Help support the formation of wilderness stewardship organizations.


What is the NWSA FUND?

The National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance Fund (NWSA FUND) is a new endowment which is focused on financially supporting the formation of new stewardship groups.  This fund was established by a generous donation provided by The David Berolzheimer Foundation to honor life-long friend and wilderness champion, Elaine Dermody, who is a Founding Member of the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance.  The proceeds from this endowment will be used to support the creation of wilderness stewardship groups for every wilderness area in the National Wilderness Preservation System.

All donations to the FUND will be used exclusively for helping to support new wilderness stewardship groups.  NWSA has partnered with the Oregon Community Foundation as our Endowment partner to wisely invest and grow the FUND so that we can achieve our goal of each wilderness area in the National Wilderness Preservation System having at least one dedicated wilderness stewardship group.

What will the proceeds from the FUND be used for?

New groups often have difficulty with assembling funds for the myriad start-up costs of establishing a new organization.  Whether it be recording fees, creating by-laws, developing business materials, incorporation fees, the list goes on and on.  The NWSA Fund is a source of funding for new groups to help them hit the ground running and to save their scarce resources for the on the ground job needs.

How do wilderness stewardship organizations apply for start-up funding?

Groups can apply through-out the year.  Proposals should follow the guidelines established in the Financial Support for Newly Forming Stewardship Groups NWSA policy paper.  A team of NWSA Board members reviews applications and makes selections on an as needed basis based on the available funding.

What if I have Questions about the FUND?

Questions about the Fund should be addressed to Randy Welsh, Executive Director, at 801-808-2167 or via email at [email protected]  Proposals can be submitted to Randy as well.

Thank you for your support of wilderness stewardship!




  • Be one of the first 20 donors of $50 or more to the FUND and receive an NWSA long-sleeve T-Shirt, just in time for winter.

  • Any Donation over $100 will receive also receive a NWSA Trucker's Hat.

Groups Helped by this Fund to date include:

2020 - Wild Alabama

Wild Alabama is proud to partner with National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance!  As we are a newly rebirthed organization with all the startup costs associated with this, we are so appreciative of the NWSA Startup grant to help us cover costs such as our website, IRS filing fees, and marketing costs to broaden our presence in the state. We look forward to a long relationship helping to continue to protect and educate about Alabama's three wilderness areas, Sipsey, Cheaha, and Dugger Mt.   -  Maggie Johnston Executive Director, Wild Alabama

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