Give Now - International Crane Foundation

International Crane Foundation


Give Now

The International Crane Foundation is working worldwide to conserve cranes and the places they (and we!) need to survive. We can’t do this important work without you. Whether you are an individual or a representative of a foundation or corporation, we are so very grateful for your support.

Please consider supporting our work in one of the following immediate ways. The International Crane Foundation provides many giving options, which will have a direct impact on our global efforts to save the cranes. If you have questions or would like to discuss these options further, please contact Kari Stauffer, Development Director, at 608-356-9462, ext. 115.


Cash or Credit Card
Your gift of cash will be applied immediately. Unrestricted gifts of cash provide us with the support and flexibility needed to respond to emerging threats around the globe or where it is needed most. If you would like your gift to go to a specific program, however, please indicate the program on the online form or when submitting your gift by mail.


Monthly Giving
By making an automatic gift each month, you can ensure that you are consistently growing our far-reaching efforts to save cranes and the threatened places they call home – every day of the year! Your credit/debit card will be automatically charged near the first day of each month, and of course, you can change or cancel your gift at any time. Just decide on a monthly amount and choose an account, and we will take care of the rest! Click here to learn more and set up your monthly gift.


Matching Gifts
Did you know that you can potentially double, or even triple, your gift to the International Crane Foundation?  Many organizations offer employee giving programs that match donations made by their employees to nonprofit charities.

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If your company offers a matching gift program, contact your Human Resources manager and request your company’s matching gift form. Complete the form and include it with your donation and mail to the International Crane Foundation at the address below.  If your company offers online submission, you may submit the matching gift form online and notify us that your donation will be matched when submitting your donation by mail or online.

Please mail it to:

International Crane Foundation
Attn: Matching Gifts
E11376 Shady Lane Rd
Baraboo, WI 53913


Senbazuru – A Thousand Cranes
In ancient times, cranes were thought to live for a thousand years. This belief gave rise to the auspicious motif of a thousand cranes, often expressed through the art of origami. Our flock of origami cranes in the Cranes and Culture Plaza at our headquarters reflects Senbazuru and is an interactive art installation conveying well wishes, memorials and inspirational messages. We invite you to add your own message to fly on the wings of cranes. Click here to learn more.


Crane Keepers
When you become a Crane Keeper, you are donating to the direct daily care of our irreplaceable cranes, and we can’t thank you enough. Your sponsorship of one crane covers food and clean water, veterinary care, daily enrichment with novel foods and intriguing play, safekeeping of our breeding birds as a hedge against extinction and so much more! Click here to learn more.


Donor-Advised Funds
The International Crane Foundation welcomes gifts from donor-advised funds. If you direct a gift from your donor-advised fund, please let us know so we can thank you for your support. Please note that fulfillment of pledge commitments may not be satisfied with a gift directed from a donor-advised fund. Click here to learn more.


Appreciated Stock
Your gift of appreciated stock will be applied where it is needed most immediately or to the designated program of your choice. In addition to the charitable deduction, as allowed by federal tax law, a gift of appreciated stock allows you to avoid capital gains tax on the appreciation, granting you significant personal tax savings. If a gift of this type is appropriate for you, please download our stock transfer form.

If donating Vanguard open-end mutual fund shares (5 letters in the fund symbol and end of day net asset value pricing), please call or email Steve Kuhn, Chief Financial Officer, at 608-356-9462, ext. 100, or have your advisor do the same for special delivery instructions.


A Gift from Your IRA
If you are 70 ½ years of age or older, you can choose to direct an amount of up to $100,000 per year to the International Crane Foundation as a Qualified Charitable Distribution. Doing so lowers your gross taxable income, thus saving on your overall tax burden. This is a great option for managing the tax effects from Required Minimum Distributions.  Please speak with your tax advisor or IRA plan administrator to determine what is best for your situation. In order to qualify, distributions must be sent directly to the International Crane Foundation, which is a qualified 501(c)(3) organization eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions.

For more information, contact Steve Kuhn, Chief Financial Officer, at 608-356-9462, ext. 100.


Multi-Year Pledges
You may decide to make your gift using either cash or appreciated stock over a period of time up to five years, providing the International Crane Foundation with a sustainable source of support. Please contact our development offices in order to pledge a multi-year gift today.


Our Promise: California
Are you a California State Employee? Did you know you can help save cranes and the places where cranes dance directly from your paycheck? The International Crane Foundation is a proud part of Our Promise: California State Employees Giving at Work Campaign. Our Promise allows you to utilize payroll deduction to give to the charity of your choice. You can give more through payroll deduction by giving a small amount with each paycheck and you won’t even have to think about it! Click here to learn more and sign up today! Remember to search for the International Crane Foundation (Tax ID #39-1187711) when selecting your cause.


Donate Your Car for Cranes
Donate your unwanted vehicle to the International Crane Foundation! We’ll use the proceeds from the sale to support our mission to conserve cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds and flyways on which they depend.

Here’s How It Works:

  • Call 855-500-RIDE | 855-500-7433 or Submit the Online Vehicle Donation Form here. Our Vehicle Donation Support Team will contact you to complete the donation and confirm your pick-up information.
  • Schedule Your Free Pick-up: In most cases, your vehicle pick-up can be scheduled within three business days once the donation record has been completed. Our vehicle donation program has also requested that drivers practice safe and secure interactions with donors, including minimizing contact.
  • Receive a Donation Receipt: Vehicle donations are tax-deductible! An initial donation receipt is provided at the time of the pick-up. If the vehicle sells for $500 or less, donors are also mailed a thank-you letter within 30 days of the sale of the vehicle, which serves as a tax receipt. If the vehicle sells for more than $500 and the donor has provided their tax identification number, an IRS Form 1098-C will be mailed to the donor within 30 days of the sale stating the amount of gross proceeds (the maximum amount of your tax deduction) received from your donation. For specific tax-related questions, please consult a tax advisor.


Supporting crane conservation has never been easier – shop for a cause! Now when you shop with Amazon, you can now make sure that 0.5% of your purchase will be donated to the International Crane Foundation. To get started, shop from AmazonSmile and select the International Crane Foundation as your nonprofit of choice, or simply click here (this link directs you to with the International Crane Foundation pre-selected as your charitable organization).


Our programs are advanced through the careful use of our donors’ charitable investments. We deeply value and respect your commitment to our work and use your funds responsibly. We consistently receive high marks for our sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

The International Crane Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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