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Where is YOUR Happy Place?  Ours is Spider Lake ~~

Show your love by Giving To The

Preserve & Protect Annual Fund

For All and For Future Generations

As a steward of the Spider Chain of Lakes and watershed YOU have an opportunity to preserve and protect this beautiful resource for generations to come by contributing to our Annual Giving Program

Your gift will fund SCLA efforts to combat environmental threats such as Aquatic Invasive Species; preserve the outstanding water quality; and educate our community about long-term conservation solutions.  

What We Do (& What it Costs)

  • AIS Prevention & Mitigation (Landing Monitors, Lake Monitoring, Lake Management Plans) - the annual cost of monitors at landings is over $30,000; if we have more funds, we can extend the hours of coverage; 75% of our expenses fund AIS Prevention and Mitigation efforts and plans
  • Education - Informing Current and Future Lake residents, including children (S.L.E.E.K.)
  • Water Quality Checks & Safety  - Buoy management, water testing, ensuring healthy fish habitats
  • Partnering  to strengthen our capabilities:, DNR, Cable Natural History Museum
  • Conservation  - Promoting ways to preserve your environment, including Shoreland Restoration help

learn about the conservancy efforts and SCL Watershed

Our Challenge

In the past, SCLA mission activities were funded with the help of Government grants.  While we will continue to apply for grants, but they are no longer as plentiful.  We cannot count on government funds in the future.
If we do not implement a sustainable financial plan we will no longer be able to continue our mission of preserving and protecting our lakes.

Without a sustainable financial structure that an endowment will help augment, we will lack funds to mitigate invasive species or other new threats to our lake environment.  FULLY Funding our Endowment is our Primary Goal and will provide financial sustainability to mitigate threats over the long term.  Click here to read more about the Endowment.
President's Letter Dec. 2018 Explains SCLA Sources and Uses of Funds
          Download information about Eurasian Watermilfoil

We Share a Rare Resource

It's up to us to protect it!  We need your help.  Our goal is two fold: (1) to establish an Endowment to provide a consistent source of funds to help cover our annual expenses, and (2) to create an Emergency/Operating Reserve Fund to use in an emergency to mitigate invasive species or other catastrophic lake events (and to help cover certain budget gaps until the endowment draw creates a meaningful source of funds).   Please consider how much you love Spider Lake (and how much you spend annually in other areas of your life: cell phone, fitness centers, golf memberships, internet/tv) and ask: is $350/year reasonable?  That is the average cost per member of SCLA annual expenses to protect the lakes.

Ways To Donate (if you wish to donate online, keep scrolling to form below)

CHECK, Credit Card/PayPal: Use the Form at bottom of this page to donate online or send a check to SCLA, P.O. Box 1082, Hayward, Wi. 54843.  Note: PayPal charges nearly 3% processing fee (and credit card company fees also are deducted) so if you wish to avoid SCLA paying that fee, PLEASE SEND US A CHECK INSTEAD (or "top off your credit card/Pay Pal-Online gift with 3% so SCLA receives your total intended gift amount.

DIRECT FROM YOUR DONOR ADVISED FUND:  Please notify us at ATTN: Philanthropy Committee Chair if you plan to do this so we can accurately administer gifts from your donor advised fund.  

SECURITIES or MUTUAL FUNDS:  Directly from your Mutual Fund or Brokerage Account to SCLA's account at Charles Schwab. Click here for details on how to transfer gifts of securities.  Please notify us at ATTN: Investment Committee Chair if you do this so we can properly credit you!

Estate Gift:  Include us in your estate plan: Spider Chain of Lakes Improvement Association, a Wisconsin 501(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation, Hayward, Wisconsin.  TAX I.D.: 39-1480182.  Please let us know ( ATTN: Chair of Philanthropy Committee) if you include us in your estate plan.

USE YOUR IRA DISTRIBUTION:  If you are age 70.5 or older you can donate up to $100,000 per year from your IRA to charitable organizations without having to recognize income on the sums withdrawn on your federal income tax return.  And it counts toward your Required Minimum Distribution! Click here to learn more

Company Matching Gifts:  Ask your H.R. representative if your company will match your gift to SCLA.  Our tax I.D. is 39-1480182.  Address is P.O. Box 1082, Hayward, WI 54843.  Some companies double or triple charitable gifts!  Shop AmazonSmile and Amazon will send 0.5% of your eligible purchases directly to SCLA at no cost to you!

Memorials & Tributes: Celebrate the Life and Love of a loved one by making a donation in their name.  Honor the memory of a loved one who has passed on.  Honor a family member or friend to Celebrate a Birthday or Anniversary.  Please notify us of your tribute (in the Comments section or a note) and if appropriate, the contact information of your loved one so we can send them a notice of your gift.  We will print all Memorials and Tributes in the Spider Lines newsletter.

Our leadership team is available for a conversation with you! For further information email us at or send a note to SCLA, PO Box 1082, Hayward, Wisconsin 54843.  

Help SCLA SUSTAIN a legacy of protecting the lakes for future generations

You can make Online Donations to the Preserve & Protect Annual Fund using the form below.  The same form is used to make extra donations as part of your "FISH Tier Renewal" of membership (sorry for the confusion).  If you wish to make an Outright Donation click the "Preserve & Protect Annual Giving Program" button and your gift amount.

 If you wish to use the form to renew your membership at one of the Fish Tiers, Select one of the FISH buttons in the "Donation Type" -- FISH Tiers should only be selected to renew your membership (NOT to make an outright Gift). If you select a FISH Tier Renewal you must ALSO separately renew your membership on the RENEW page (or, send us an email ATTN: Membership Chair and we will help you in real time!)

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PRESERVE & PROTECT ANNUAL GIVING PROGRAM donations are divided 2/3 to Endowment and 1/3 to the Emergency/Reserve Funds. TIER RENEWAL donations go directly to help fund operating expenses.

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Spider Chain of Lakes Association is a Wisconsin 501(c)3 Corporation. Contributions are tax deductible where allowed by law. SCLA P.O. Box 1082, Hayward, Wisconsin  54843

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