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Sound County Foundation

Your Next Real Estate Transaction Can Support Sand County Foundation

Sand County Foundation is the nation’s leading voice for conservation on private lands, through voluntary efforts. As a member of Investing in Communities®, Sand County Foundation can receive funding as a result of any real estate transaction – home sales, home purchases, or commercial leases. As more supporters use this platform before engaging an agent Sand County Foundation will have more resources to protect land for a healthier environment and all the living things that depend on it. 

Private Land is Important for Species Preservation

Studies show that in the last 200 years nearly 600 species have gone extinct in the U.S and there are more than 1,300 threatened or endangered. The 1972 Endangered Species Act (ESA), addresses the pressing need to increase the populations of threatened and endangered plant and animal species in the United States, through the conservation of ecosystems upon which they depend. 

According to the Foundation, more than two-thirds of all threatened and endangered species in the U.S. occur on private lands. Nearly one-third occur only on private lands! The protection of land is important not only for preserving critical habitats for plants and animals, but also enables people to benefit from cleaner drinking water, better soil, and open space for recreation.

Policy Approaches for Private Land Conservation

Understanding that the involvement of private landowners is key to success in protecting our ecosystems, Sand County Foundation develops creative policies to:

  • Improve water and soil quality;
  • Speed endangered wildlife recovery;
  • Expand voluntary conservation practices on private lands; and
  • Allow development of water, energy and other essential infrastructure, while benefiting nature and people.

Aldo Leopold

Inspired by the world-renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, who declared, “The aim in all wildlife conservation should be reasonable levels for all members of the native wildlife community,” Sand County has worked since 1965 to unite private landowners and supportive partners in helping to preserve the habitats that species need to survive. In word and deed, the Foundation has become the catalyst for establishing what Leopold called “an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage.” The Leopold Conservation Award® recognizes remarkable voluntary conservation contributions made by farmers, ranchers, and foresters.

Buying, Selling, and Leasing Can Support Land Conservation

At no cost to themselves, anyone who cares about the conservation of important habitats can turn virtually any brokered real estate transaction into funding for Sand County Foundation. For example, the purchase or sale of $300,000 home can result in about $1,300 of free funding. Support their mission by using IIC’s free platform to make arrangements with an agent you already have in mind. Or use IIC to find and choose among real estate agents that are appropriate for the specifics of your residential or commercial real estate needs. Ready to start?


Location: Madison, WI

Focus Area: Environment

Budget: $1 million - $5 million

Want to help this charity with your next real estate transaction?

We respect your privacy and want to make sure you are totally at ease. By submitting, you are sharing your information with us only and we will not share it with or sell it to anyone else. We will contact you by email to get more information about your real estate needs. Then we will provide you with several agents suited to your needs and you may contact them -or not- as you choose. There’s no sales pitch or pressure. It's entirely your choice.


As a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization, Sand County Foundation is eligible to receive at least 70% of the referral fee when you use Investing In Communities (IIC) to sign up with ANY real estate broker to handle your residential or commercial property transaction. Referral fees are a common expense paid by brokers only to other brokers for much desired referrals. As a licensed broker with a charitable mission, IIC is able to accept referral fees and pass most of those funds to your charity of choice - at no cost to you.
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