Nelson Institute Priority Funds

The Nelson Institute fosters new environmental citizens:

  • Those who seek not only to conserve the Earth’s last best places but to also create the best new places
  • Those whose source of knowledge and action emerges from outside the walls of the academy, within diverse communities
  • Those who understand that that the environment is at work all around us, even and especially in cities
  • Those with skills drawn not only from the Earth sciences but from the traditions of social science and the humanities: history, ethics, culture
  • Those who know to integrate business with the environment

The year 2020 will bring two major milestones: the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 50th anniversary of the Nelson Institute.

With your support, the Nelson Institute will continue to revolutionize environmental studies and practice the Wisconsin Idea to 2020 and beyond. Teaching environmental skills for a changing world, integrating diverse areas of research and discovery, translating complex scholarship into intuitive action, and engaging and starting from public priorities and concerns (such as jobs, food, and justice) benefit not just our students, but the people of the state and the world.

About The Funds

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Give to Director’s Annual Fund

This fund provides general, discretionary support for the Nelson Institute’s teaching, research, and public service roles. Funds may also used to address strategic priorities, including faculty/staff/student recruitment, retention, and morale.

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Give to Nelson Institute Academic Programs Fund

This fund provides general scholarship support for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in one or more of the Nelson Institute’s certificate or degree programs.

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Give to Earth Day Event Fund

This fund supports the Nelson Institute’s annual Earth Day conference, which provides an accessible learning opportunity to the community at large. This is the Institute’s signature event.

Questions about supporting the Nelson Institute?

Robert Beattie

Position title: Faculty Associate, CESP Co-Director


Kevin Berger

Position title: Graphic Designer


Phone: (608) 263-9289

Bekah McBride



Phone: (608) 890-2064

Tara Mohan

Position title: Curricular Administration Specialist, CESP Scholarship Administrator


Kelly Conforti Rupp

Position title: UniverCity Alliance Program Manager


Phone: (608) 890-0330

Molly Schwebach

Position title: CESP Outreach Coordinator

Contact Us

Gift Processing – Director’s Annual Fund
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Room 122 Science Hall
550 North Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

(608) 262-9864