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Support Professional Programs

The Environmental Conservation Professional Master's Program is built on the legacy of pioneering environmental leaders such as John Muir, Aldo Leopold, and Gaylord Nelson and helps early-career working professionals advance their leadership skills and develop expertise in conservation & environmental management and/or integrative synthesis & environmental observation through campus learning and remote experiences.

The program features two tracks: Environmental Conservation (EC), which helps early-career working professionals advance their leadership and environmental management skills by providing training in things like conservation planning & fundraising, protected area management, and strategic communications; and Environmental Observation and Informatics (EOI), which provides technical training that integrates cross-cutting Earth observation, technologies, and big data analytics.

Gifts to EC play a crucial role in enhancing the breadth and quality of our research and educational programs. In particular, your support helps us expand our global reach and impact by allowing us to offer scholarships to outstanding international students who are working to protect endangered resources around the world.

Giving by Check

Checks should be made payable to UW Foundation – Nelson Institute and mailed to:

Gift Processing – Professional Programs
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Room 122 Science Hall
550 North Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

Please indicate either EC Program Fund or EOI Program Fund on your check

Many employers match personal donations with an equal or greater contribution. In some cases, companies will match the gifts of retired employees. Please consider checking with your human resources department to find out if your company offers a matching gift program.

Inquiries related to estate gifts and/or gifts of stock & securities should be directed to or (608) 262-9864.

Environmental Conservation Program Fund

Gifts to these funds may be used to enhance or expand the Programs’ teaching, research, and public service roles or to help the Programs pursue new opportunities and address strategic priorities. Gifts many also be used for faculty, staff, and student recruitment, retention, and morale.

Environmental Observation Program Fund

Questions about supporting Professional Programs?

nathan schulfer
Nathan Schulfer,
Director – International and Professional Programs
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