Private foundation will match public contributions to conserve historic treasure
A private Milwaukee foundation announced it will match up to $400,000 in donations that members of the public make to the Ice Age Trail Alliance to support the nonprofit's effort to preserve segments of the Ice Age Trail. The pledge from the Paul Fleckenstein Trust will jump-start efforts by the Ice Age Trail Alliance, a nonprofit, volunteer organization whose mission is to create, support and protect the many segments of the Ice Age Trail, to conserve land in the Madison area and move closer to its goal of purchasing 500 miles of trail connectors that are still privately owned. “We rely on public funding to acquire land,” said Kevin Thusius, the alliance’s director of land conservation. It is difficult for the group to compete with land bidders who have cash in hand. Public money allows the alliance to immediately acquire land up front when it finds a property for sale and later cover those costs with funds from the government and donations.