Annual Report

We wish to thank all of you whose contributions, financial and volunteer time, helped to protect America’s outdoors in 2016. Due to space limitations, we could not list everyone whose generosity and unflagging commitment helped us meet our goals.

Individual Philanthropy

Estate of James A. Thomas


The Bryant Crane Charitable Fund
Jerry Pausch
Dr. Howard and Brenda Sheridan

Richard Rawley
Charles and Leila Wiles
Kurt Feldmann

Bill and Vicki Arnold
Bill Briney
John Bunzey
Jesse Copsey
Michael and Karen Crane
Judy Danish and Miles Greenbaum
Walter Lynn
Scott Meyer
Anita Samuelson
Jim Storer

Jodi Arndt Labs
William deCamp
Dennis and Sandra Friedman
Donald Janes
Dave Klinner
Jean Ross
Robert Stegmier

Partners in Outdoor America’s Future

(Members who make a five-year commitment to support the League’s national programs with an annual gift at either the $100, $250 or $500 level.)

$500-$999 Conservator
Jodi Arndt Labs
Donald Cahoon
Bob & Glenda Chapman
Kurt Feldmann
Marsha L. Johnson
Scott & Susan Kovarovics
Dawn Olson
Brenda Lee Smith
IWLA Frank Anetsberger Chapter
IWLA Roanoke Valley Chapter
IWLA Sioux Falls Chapter
Jim Sweeney
Marj Striegel
Ernest Zeller

$250-$499 Advocate
Shawn & Donna Gallagher
William & Eve Gordon
George & Irene Jones
IWLA Brown County Chapter
IWLA Dwight Lydell Chapter
Jim Madsen
Gary R. & Marion Meade
James O’Connell
Jim Piateski
Marion Striegel
Charles & Leila Wiles

$100-$249 Steward
Anonymous (3)
Harold Branch
Charlotte Brooker
Edwin DeVilbiss
David Fulford
George Guyant
Charles & Nancy Huber
IWLA Elgin Chapter
IWLA Fullerton Chapter
IWLA Grand Island Chapter
IWLA Lake Keuka Chapter
IWLA Lebanon County Chapter
IWLA Martin L. Davey Chapter
IWLA Mountaineer Chapter
IWLA Rice Lake Chapter
IWLA Southwestern Chapter
Bill Kelly
Larry Kieft
Tom Krejcie
Robert Langrehr
Jim Lopinski
Paul Lukens
Les Monostory
William E. Panco
Edward Patrick
Robert Pavlick
Bruce Philipson
Liz Roy
James Shinners
Colonel Tyrone L. Steen
Robert Stegmier
Thomas Stonesifer'
Marjorie Swann
Clara Walters
Elisabeth Wells
Cynthia Wesson

Friends of IWLA

(Members who make a monthly commitment to support the League’s national programs with a pledge of $10 or more paid automatically each month.)

Wayne Berkebile
Sharon Betts
Richard Johnson
Jeffrey Johnston
Dennis L. Kellogg
Marc Lewis
Kevin Maxwell
Walter Newkirk
Liz Roy
Michael Wagner

Waltonian Heritage Society

(* indicates continuing support of the IWL Trust by an WHS member)

Kurt L. Feldmann*
IWLA Maryland Division*
Richard Sommer*
Joan Strimple*
Charles and Leila Wiles*

New Life Members

A special thanks to those who made a commitment in 2016 to the League as Life Members.

Family Life Benefactor
Judith and Michael Sawyier

Family Life
James Gaetjien and Stephanie Wright
Todd Houser

Faith Dedecker
Terry Doyle
Robert Fenlason
Andrew Friedman
Scott Furness
Rodger Mettenbrink
Travis Nelson
H. R. Bert Pena
Martin Plante
LeRoy Rosenthal, Jr.
Danielle Russell
Lisa Vavro

Institutional Supporters

(*Indicates a multiyear commitment, grant spanning between two fiscal years, or pledge from the donor, which is listed in the category representing the total amount pledged or contributed.)

Gifts of $50,000 or more
Chesapeake Bay Trust

Gifts of $25,000 or more
IWLA Endowment
Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Gifts of $10,000 or more
Aegon Transamerica Foundation
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Commonwealth of Virginia
Green Bay Packaging, Inc.
IWLA Nebraska Division

Gifts of $5,000 or more
IWLA Iowa Division
IWLA South Dakota Division
The White Pine Fund

Gifts of $1,000 or more
DNO Produce
The George and Miriam Martin Foundation
IWLA Arlington-Fairfax Chapter
IWLA Illinois Division
IWLA Lincoln Chapter
IWLA Maryland Division
IWLA Ohio Division
IWLA West Central Chapter
IWLA Wildlife Achievement Chapter
MetalStamp, Inc.
National Wildlife Federation
Sentry Insurance Foundation
Sly Wind Foundation
Worth Company

Gifts of $500 or more
Community Foundation of New Jersey
Highbourne Foundation
IWLA Claytor Lake Chapter
IWLA Jessie Benton Fremont Chapter
IWLA Rapid City Chapter
IWLA Rockville Chapter
IWLA Virginia Division
National Environmental Education Foundation
RKI Group Plans

In-Kind Contributions
Archery Trade Association
Ariens Company
Outdoor News
Voss Signs



As a member of EarthShare, a federation of the nation’s leading environmental and conservation organizations, the League is listed in a variety of workplace fund drives including the Combined Federal Campaign, many state and local government campaigns, several United Way campaigns, and a growing number of corporate and foundation campaign drives.

We wish to thank the hundreds of individuals who provided vital support for our conservation work in 2016 through these campaigns. For more information about adding a conservation giving option to your company’s workplace giving campaign, call the Development Department at (301) 548-0150 or visit our Workplace Giving web page.

The Value of Volunteerism

The League is a shining example of the very American concept of volunteerism – the dedicated tradition of commitment to community and nation. League members spend countless hours working to protect America’s great outdoors. To get a snapshot of their activity, we ask our national directors and officers to estimate the number of hours they volunteered during the year.

Fifty-three directors responded to our survey. Together they volunteered 28,831 hours in 2016 to League activities. Imagine what that number would be if we surveyed all of our chapter leaders and members. According to Independent Sector, a coalition of nonprofits, corporations and foundations, a volunteer hour has a value of $24.14. That means their volunteer hours were worth $695,984. That is a generous donation on behalf of the League toward the stewardship of America’s natural resources.