Make a Bequest

Carl Nygren was not what most people would think of as a philanthropist. Carl and his wife, Myrna, were working people who had a great love of the outdoors. As a hunter and fishermen Carl was acutely aware of the loss of wildlife habitat. This was a problem Carl knew he wanted to address, and after a lifetime of hard work and careful saving he had the resources to put his words into action. In an effort to be sure that his wishes were carried out faithfully, Carl listened to the ideas put forth by potential beneficiary organizations finally selecting the Natural Land Institute as the one best suited to fulfill his dream of creating a wildlife sanctuary. Carl made a bequest to the Institute through his will, and with his visionary gift, NLI was able to purchase and restore the 721 acres of land on the Pecatonica and Rock Rivers now known as the Carl and Myrna Nygren Wetland Preserve.

You can provide now for a future gift to Natural Land Institute by including a bequest provision in your will or revocable trust. Natural Land Institute receives the gift, and applies it to the purpose(s) you specified.


  • Your assets remain in your control during your lifetime.
  • You can modify your bequest if your circumstances change.
  • You can direct your bequest to a particular purpose (be sure to check with Natural Land Institute to make sure your gift can be used as intended).
  • There is no upper limit on the estate tax deductions that can be taken for charitable bequests.
  • You know that your gift will benefit Natural Land Institute tomorrow just as you intend it to today.

At the Natural Land Institute, all unrestricted charitable gifts are used strategically to support conservation priorities. If you have a more specific purpose in mind, please contact us at (815)964-6666 to be sure that we can meet your wishes. Whether you choose to restrict a gift or not, your support will help preserve a legacy of natural land for future generations to enjoy.

Tax ID: Our tax identification number is: 36-2478025

Date of Incorporation: December 24, 1958

The Natural Land Institute is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code

Legal Designation – If you wish to include Natural Land Institute as a beneficiary in your will or trust, we should be named as:

Natural Land Institute, a nonprofit corporation, organized and existing under the laws of the state of Illinois with principal business address of 320 South Third Street, Rockford, Illinois 61104.



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